Cardinals & Seahawks Meet in Sunday Night NFL Betting Clash
Seattle (4-4) hosts the Arizona Cardinals (6-2) on Sunday night in front of what will be a national TV audience. The Cardinals hold a two-game lead in the NFC West, but this is a game that will show the direction of the division the rest of the season. The Cardinals started off strong but have a couple of recent losses, while the Seahawks started out 0-2 but have become more dominant in the last weeks of the 2015 NFL betting season.
Odds: Seahawks -3
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Here’s a comparison of the two teams. The Seahawks are #3 in rushing offense; the Cardinals are #9. The Seahawks only rank #28 in passing offense while the Cards are #4. That’s why the Cards are #3 in total offense while the Seahawks are #19. Seattle owns the #2 passing defense in the league, while the Cards are #7. The Seahawks are ninth against the run, while the Cardinals are fourth. Total defense has the Seahawks ranked #2 and the Cardinals ranked #3.
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What does this mean? You can expect a defensive showdown as these top units square off on Sunday night. The only thing that the two defensive units do not do all that well is pressure the quarterback, as the Seahawks only rank #11 in the league in sacks, and the Cardinals are just #27.
So far, the Cardinals have shown a lot more potential on offense than the Seahawks have. However, the Cardinals have given the ball away 14 times, tied for the seventh most in the league. You can expect that special teams, penalties and turnovers will influence the field position – and thus the outcome of the game. The forecast is a temperature in the 40s, with cold rain falling down.
When the Seahawks have the ball, the Cardinals will control the passing game because Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson are much better than the Seattle receivers. The run support that they provide is an added bonus. That means that Russell Wilson will have to find his tight ends, Jimmy Graham and Luke Wilson.
Graham is the team’s leading receiver so far, and he causes matchup problems every week with his speed. Look for him to run some deep seam patterns. If the Seahawks’ offensive line has not made some strides during the bye week, Russell Wilson could be in some real trouble as the Cardinals will be all over him on the pass rush. Wilson has been sacked 31 times in 8 games – and he’s a mobile quarterback.
Betting Odds Trends
- Arizona is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games
- Arizona is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Arizona’s last 9 games
- Arizona is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games on the road
- Arizona is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
- Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
- Arizona is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
- Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Seattle
- Seattle is 2-7-2 ATS in its last 11 games
- Seattle is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle’s last 7 games
- Seattle is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Seattle is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 6 games at home
- Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Arizona
- Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Arizona
- Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Arizona
- Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Arizona
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Seattle’s last 7 games when playing at home against Arizona
When the Cardinals have the ball, Carson Palmer has been masterful at the helm – when the team hasn’t been turning the ball over. Chris Johnson has been extremely solid carrying the ball. John Brown is also getting healthy, giving the Cards another weapon. The Seahawks will have to find ways to force Arizona into third and long so they can pin their ears back and rush the quarterback.
Betting Pick: Given the raucous atmosphere of Seattle’s home field, I like them to overcome the stronger Arizona offense and win, but it will be razor-close.