While Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks need some help to reach the playoffs, they know they need a victory in their Week 17 regular season finale against their NFC West division rivals, the Arizona Cardinals this coming Sunday. With Seattle in all-out desperation mode, let’s find out if the Seahawks should be your NFL Betting Pick for this contest!
Cardinals vs. Seahawks Week 17 Game Preview & NFL Betting Pick
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) 29 de diciembre de 2017
- When: Sunday, December 31, 2017, 4:25 PM ET
- Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
- TV: FOX
- Radio: 107.1 FM (Arizona) / 97.3 FM (Seattle)
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Betting Odds: Seattle Seahawks -9 (Over/Under at 38.5 points)
- Clear: 4°C/39°F
- Humidity: 75%
- Precipitation: 5%
- Cloud Cover: 10%
- Wind: 6 mph N
- Stadium Type: Open
- All: Arizona Cardinals 7-8 / Seattle Seahawks 9-6
- Home: Arizona Cardinals 5-3 / Seattle Seahawks 4-3
- Away: Arizona Cardinals 2-5 / Seattle Seahawks 5-3
- ATS: Arizona Cardinals 5-9-1 / Seattle Seahawks 6-8-1
- Over/Under: Arizona Cardinals 5-10 / Seattle Seahawks 6-9
Why should the Cardinals be your NFL Betting Pick?
Why bet on Arizona in their Week 17 finale? Well, because they’ve played hard for head coach Bruce Arians all season long and will probably give their division rivals a hard way to go before heading into the offseason.
Arizona has had an injury-riddled campaign that will keep them out of this season’s playoffs, but they’ve competed hard for head coach Bruce Arians and head into their finale coming off a 23-0 shutout win over the hapless New York Giants in Week 16. The Cards have alternated wins and losses over their last six games and beat one playoff participant (Jacksonville) and one postseason hopeful (Tennessee) along the way.
More importantly, the Cardinals have won here three out of the last four years in Seattle, prompting Arians to say following last Sunday’s win, “We know that’s our home field. We’re going up there and kick their asses.”
“This is our playoff game,” Arians said. “Our guys will be motivated just like theirs. They’re going to be super motivated because they have to win. It should be a great game. If you’re going to be a spoiler, that’s the one you want to do it against.”
Why should the Seahawks be your NFL Betting Pick?
Why bet on the Seahawks in their finale? Because they’re completely desperate and are the better team on both sides of the ball right now. In order to reach the playoffs, Seattle needs to win their finale and also need the Panthers to beat the Falcons.
“It’s a championship game for us,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Sunday’s contest.
Seattle looked fantastic in their 21-12 beatdown win over Dallas last weekend to snap a two-game skid that included a pair of defeats against Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Rams. The Seahawks have been all over the place in going 3-2 over their last five while recording a huge win over Philly along the way. Still, they’re going to go all out to beat their division rivals who they know won’t go down easily.
“They’ve been really tough,” Carroll said. “You can’t run the ball at them. Their activity and their aggressive style are just like it’s been. We’ve seen this defense be good for years and they’re really playing right back up to the kinds of numbers that they had shown in years past.
Carroll is expecting another MVP-caliber performance from his star quarterback Russell Wilson in what has been a season full of them.
“I think the thing that you marvel most about him is that he’s always so competitive and so on point and available for big opportunities,” Carroll said of Wilson. “His mind is always that something good’s going to happen, and he seems to find a way to create it. The longer and the later it gets in a game, the better he is, and that’s a great attribute.”
Latest NFL Betting Trends for Week 17
- Arizona is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Arizona is 8-16-1 ATS in its last 25 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Arizona’s last 14 games
- Seattle is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
- Seattle is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Seattle’s last 9 games when playing at home against Arizona
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While the Seahawks have been wildly unpredictable this season and have no rushing attack whatsoever I just don’t see them losing this huge regular-season finale even if they do need help to get in the playoffs.
I’m fully expecting another excellent effort from Russell Wilson to carry the Seahawks to the win in this regular season finale, but something tells me that Arizona simply isn’t going to go down easily. The road team in this rivalry has gone 5-0-1 ATS in the last six meetings while the underdog in this division rivalry is 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Seattle wins, but Arizona covers the chalk!
NFL Betting Pick: Arizona Cardinals +7.5