Arizona Cardinals vs New England Patriots: Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction ColumnistSeptember 14, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 9:   Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Robert Johnson #32 of the Tennessee Titans during the season opener at LP Field on September 8, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Patriots defeated the Titans 34 to 13.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots have bullied many opponents over the past decade, but none as badly as the Arizona Cardinals.

Scores of the four meetings since 1996 are 47-7, 23-12, 27-3 and 31-0—all OVER bets and all Patriot ATS wins, according to the's NFL database.

So when the Week 2 betting odds opened at -14 and kept climbing, it was no big deal for bettors who love backing New England.

"The result is that New England has outscored them 128-33 in those games, and regardless of who is at quarterback for Arizona, people are backing the Pats," said Jack Randall of

As they tend to do so often, the New England Patriots absolutely punished sportsbooks for making them a meager five-point road favorite against Tennessee last Sunday, easily clearing that number with a final score of 34-13.

Tom Brady spread the ball around in a 23 for 31, 236-yard day with two touchdown passes, and running back Stevan Ridley emerged as an offensive star with 125 yards rushing and a touchdown. The defense held Tennessee to just 284 total yards and forced two turnovers.

After going back and forth between John Skelton and Kevin Kolb last season and this preseason, it looks like it may be Kolb’s turn to carry the baton. The former Philadelphia Eagle relieved an injured Skelton last week against Seattle and had a masterful 6/8 drive for 66 yards passing and a touchdown to give Arizona the lead that it would hold on to in a 20-16 home upset over Seattle as a 3-point underdog.

With Skelton likely out for the next couple of weeks, Kolb is set to start in New England on Sunday.

Does it really matter who is starting at quarterback for Arizona? This New England Patriots' offense is a machine, and it is difficult to see the Cardinals being able to do anything to stop it or keep up with it.

New England is just 2-4 ATS at home in its last six games, but Arizona has been an awful road team of late with a 2-13 SU record in its last 15 road games and a 6-13 ATS record in its last 19 road games.

PICK: New England -14 (courtesy of