Seahawks vs Cardinals NFL Betting Preview

Posted by Aaron . on January 1, 2016 in

The Seattle Seahawks head south in Week 17 to take on the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are playing for a potential #1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a win, while the Seahawks already have clinched a wild card position — and can’t help their cause (with regard to the #5 or the #6 seed) no matter what they do in this game. Arizona is the NFL betting favored team by 6.5 points.

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Why should you pick the Seahawks (+6.5)?

The first time these two teams met this season, Arizona got out to a 15-point lead, but then Seattle stormed back to tie before the Cardinals eventually won by seven in Week 10. The Seattle defense has gotten even stronger since that time, and no offense has scored more touchdowns since Week 10 than Seattle’s. If they don’t rest their starters for the wild card game next week, this could be a tight contest.

Seattle's defense has been bolstered even further now.

 

Why should you take Arizona (-6.5)?

When they destroyed Green Bay a week ago, the Cardinals put the rest of the NFC on notice that they were prepared to take no prisoners in their run through the conference. In Week 10, Carson Palmer threw the ball for 363 yards in the teams’ first meeting. Coach Bruce Arians has already indicated that his starters will play since they have the bye week to rest. This could mean big numbers for the Arizona offense.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Seattle has improved significantly on defense and comes to town motivated by its own desire to win — and to return to the Super Bowl in the wake of last year’s unbelievable loss to the Pats. I like the Cardinals to win, but Seattle will make them fight for every inch. Take the Cardinals to win (but not cover), 27-23.