Teams: Arizona Cardinals (6-7) at New Orleans Saints (6-7)
Spread: Saints by 3 1/2
Kickoff: 1:00 ET
What's at stake: The loser of this game is essentially eliminated from the playoffs. The winner lives to see next week.
What the stats look like:
Offense: 23.2 ppg (11th), 333 ypg (15th), 244.8 passing ypg (9th), 88.2 rushing ypg (29th)
Defense: 24.8 ppg (28th), 324.8 ypg (15th), 226.7 passing ypg (24th), 98.2 rushing ypg (11th)
New Orleans Saints
Offense: 23.1 ppg (12th), 353.8 ypg (6th), 263.3 passing ypg (4th), 90.5 rushing ypg (28th)
Defense:22.5 ppg (17th), 349.5 ypg (27th), 252.3 passing ypg (29th), 97.2 rushing ypg (7th)
Who the experts pick (straight up):
Tom Silverstein: New Orleans
Christine Daniels: New Orleans
Mike O'Hara: New Orleans
Comment: "The Cardinals commit too many turnovers."
Randy Youngman: Saints
Comment: "Both teams still have playoff hopes. Why? It's the NFC."
Who I'm taking: Arizona
Why: It's partly because I'm a fan, partly because I see the Saints as an inconsistent blend of decent offense (without Reggie Bush) and below-average defense. In other words, they're a lot like the Cardinals. The difference: Arizona has proved this season they can upset any team, and with both Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald healthy the Cardinals should be able to put up enough points to pull out a victory.
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