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Seahawks vs. Cardinals Betting

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals Week 7 Preview

When: Thursday, October 17th 2013 at 8:25pm ET
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale
Watch: Live on NFL Network

The Arizona Cardinals 3-3 (4-2 ATS) host the Seattle Seahawks 5-1 (4-2 ATS) on Thursday Night Football this week. Seattle is currently leading the way in the NFC West, but with a win at home the Cardinals could move right back into the thick of things in the division, as everyone is still within striking distance.

Latest Cardinals vs. Seahawks Betting Lines

Some betting shops opened this point spread up at just –4.5 points in favor of the Seahawks, but early action has bumped the line up to –6.5 points now across the board. The total was just released at O/U 40 points and we haven’t seen line movement yet.

Bovada Live Odds
Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals
Point Spread:
-6.5 (-110)
+6.5 (-110)
Money Line
-280
+240
Game Total
O40 (-110)
U40 (-110)

Who Will Come Out on Top in This NFC West Game

Arizona snapped their 2-game winning streak last week in a loss to the 49ers (32-20) on the road. The Cardinals have started fine this season, however, they’re sitting at 0-2 in division games and if they hope to contend in the NFC West they need to start winning.

The Cardinals have wins over the Lions, Buccaneers and Panthers. A win at home against Seattle would be their biggest win of the year and put them back into the playoff race. Arizona has started 2-0 at home this season, so it’s possible they could upset Seattle.

Carson Palmer is having a rough season in Arizona so far. He has a QBR of 69.3 and he has thrown 11 INT’s compared to 7 TD’s. That won’t get it done in any football league. Arizona’s offense has averaged 18.5 PPG (25tH), 236.7 PYPG (18th) and 85.7 RYPG (24th).

Like in years past, the Cardinals have been relying on their defense for wins. Right now the defense is allowing 21.2 PPG (12th), 260 PYPG (19th) and 90.7 RYPG (5th). They need their front seven to play well this week against the Seahawks who are likely to run a lot.

Seattle lost in week 4 to the Colts (34-28), but they bounced back with a home win last week against the Titans (20-13). You never know exactly what you’ll get from the Seahawks when they’re playing on the road and I’m surprised the spread is up to –6.5 pts.

The Seahawks have relied heavily on Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson to run the football. Seattle is averaging 157.7 RYPG (2nd) compared to just 215 PYPG (24th). Wilson has only passed for 8 TD’s, but the team is in the T10 in scoring (26.2 PPG – 8th).

On defense the Seahawks have been great although stopping the run has been a bit of a problem early on. Seattle is in the T10 in most defensive statistical categories. Seattle allows an average of 15.7 PPG (3rd), 188.3 PYPG (2nd) and 101.8 RYPG (11th).

One area where Seattle has a big advantage is in turnover margin per game (+7 vs. –2). Palmer has been terrible protecting the ball and he has tossed too many interceptions. If Seattle wins the turnover battle on the road they should win, but will they cover?

Most Important Match-Up in Seattle vs. Arizona

Arizona has had one of the top defensive units against the rush this season, but they’re going to be tested by one of the best running teams in the NFL. Not only is Lynch a power running back who can drag defenders, Wilson has the ability to break runs outside.

This match-up battle is going to decide who wins this game. If Arizona can somehow hold the Seahawks to under 100 rushing yards I think they have a great shot at winning, but I also don’t think that’s necessarily realistic, as Seattle runs the football very well. Holding them under their season average would be excellent.

Seahawks vs. Cardinals Predictions

The Cardinals have been one of the best teams at home to start the season and I was impressed by how well they played in their win against the Lions. This should be a close game right to the end as long as the Cardinals can stop the run and not turn the ball over.

Seattle hasn’t impressed me on the road either despite their 2-1 record. In week 1 they barely beat the Panthers (12-7) and then in week 4 they struggled to beat the Texans (23-20) who are playing terrible football. They also lost to the Colts as mentioned above.

I’d suggest that bettors wait a day or two to see if this point spread hits +7, which I think is likely based on how much the spread has already moved. The over/under is real low, but I still think this game will stay under the total unless there are a bunch of turnovers.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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