The Sunday night game this week in the NFL is a good one as it’s a matchup of NFC West contenders as defending division champion Arizona hosts current leader Seattle. If the Seahawks win this game, the division race is all but over as the Cardinals would be three games back including the tiebreaker. But Arizona is a slight favorite on NFL odds.
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Why Bet on Seattle?
The Seahawks (4-1) returned from their bye last week and rallied past Atlanta 26-24. Steven Hauschka’s 44-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining capped the 20th career fourth quarter or overtime comeback for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. After that kick, Atlanta QB Ryan was incomplete on his last four throws, including a breakup by Richard Sherman on a long pass to Julio Jones on which the Falcons screamed for a pass interference flag. And it honestly should have been called interference. The Seahawks sent five rushers or more on the final four plays vs. Atlanta. Overall, they blitzed Ryan 37 percent of the time. That’s the highest percentage in any game since Richard took over as defensive coordinator prior to the 2015 season.
With 4:47 left in the fourth quarter, it looked like it wasn’t going to be the Seahawks’ day. Hauschka’s potential game-tying extra point was blocked and Seattle trailed 24-23. But Earl Thomas picked off Ryan on the next Atlanta drive. It was the 93rd consecutive game under Pete Carroll in which the Seahawks either led or were within one score in the fourth quarter.
Seattle SS Kam Chancellor (groin) did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and is “day-to- day” according to Carroll. Seattle had a few issues in pass coverage against Atlanta in Week 6 without Chancellor and would welcome the return of their hard-hitting safety. Seattle will get DE Michael Bennett (knee) back after suffering a concerning knee injury last week. Running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Luke Wilson are out this week again.
Why Bet on Arizona?
Short week for the Cardinals (3-3) as they beat the Jets 28-3 on Monday. David Johnson rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on runs of 58, 2 and 2 yards while becoming the first player to rush for three scores against the Jets since LeSean McCoy did it five years ago. Arizona’s Carson Palmer, back after missing a 33-21 win at San Francisco with a concussion, completed 23 of 34 passes for 213 yards before leaving with a hamstring strain after throwing a 9-yard TD pass to Michael Floyd with 8:20 remaining.
Two of the Cardinals’ four touchdowns in their Monday night victory were scored on time-consuming and yard-consuming drives that each took 14 plays. Their high-flying offense of a year ago that set six franchise records has been replaced with a methodical, grind-it- out style in a 3-3 start. Through six games, the Cardinals have 12 drives of 11 plays or longer. They had 15 all of last season.
Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (knee) didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He hurt his knee late in Monday night’s win over the Jets. Brown acknowledged that he may have to play with a brace Sunday against the Seahawks. But starting left guard Mike Iupati has returned to practice after going down in Week 5. Coach Bruce Arians said Iupati “looked good” and is trending toward playing.
Arizona is due to win at home vs. Seattle as the Cards have lost three straight there. It began in 2013, when an out-of- sync offense couldn’t keep up in a 34-22 loss. It continued in 2014 with the NFC West title on the line, when a Ryan Lindley-led group faltered, 35-6. The Cardinals had an outside chance at the top seed in the NFC last year, but that hope was erased as the Seahawks ran away with a 36-6 blowout.
My Betting Pick
Over is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Arizona.
Road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Seahawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Go Seattle on NFL odds and over the total.