Arizona (6-3) at Seattle (6-3)
The series is even at 21-21-2 as a 5-game winning streak by Arizona is the longest streak either team has accrued. Seattle was in the AFC then and those five games were between 1976 and 1995. Arizona has won two in a row and the latest was on October 25 when the Cardinals came from 13 points behind to edge the Seahawks in a 37-34 overtime thriller. This was Seattle’s first loss of the season.
The Cardinals have won four out of their last five as they have averaged 33.8 points per game in those five games. The Seahawks have lost two in a row and three out of four as injuries across the boards on both sides of the ball have shelved a promising season for the moment
The sensational Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray has ten rushing touchdowns in nine games this season which ties the NFL record for the most by a quarterback in a team’s first nine games… the equally sensational Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, third in the NFL with 816 receiving yards, looks for his sixth game in a row at CenturyLink Field with 80-plus yards and a touchdown catch.
Vs. The Spread
The Cardinals are a lofty 9-2-2 ATS in their last 13 games and the total has gone UNDER in four of Arizona’s last six games on the road. The Seahawks are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games vs. Arizona and the total has gone OVER in six of Seattle’s nine games this season.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Cardinals||+3 (+100)||+148||O 58 (-112)|
|Seahawks||-3 (-120)||-168||U 58 (-108)|
The play will be forever known as the “Hail Murray” as Kyler Murray rolled to his left with under 10 seconds remaining in the game and threw a jump ball in the direction of DeAndre Hopkins who went up in the air and caught the ball amidst three Buffalo Bills defenders. The Cardinals won 32-30 after trailing 23-9 in the third quarter.
The Seahawks’ struggles continue as Russell Wilson has been under a myriad of duress in trying to overcompensate for the defensive woes. Seattle has lost three out of four after starting the season at 5-0. The defense rose to the occasion on Sunday in the 23-16 loss to the Rams. Wilson threw two interceptions and lost a fumble as all three were in Rams territory.
When Arizona Has the Ball
The Cards boast the number one offense in the NFL (425.1 ypg) behind Murray’s arm and feet. The rushing attack goes for 157 yards per game and when Kenyon Drake is healthy, defense have to make a decision in the run stop. Drake rushed for 100 yards last week and had 184 yards from scrimmage in last season’s meeting in Seattle.
Defensively, the Seahawks have been decimated with injuries as safety Jamal Adams continues to nurse a shoulder injury, but leads the team in sacks with 5.5. The Seahawks only allow 95 yards rushing per game and part of that is because of the pass defense which allows 362 yards per game and has very little pass rush.
When Seattle Has the Ball
Wilson has seven interceptions in the last four games as the Seahawks have ten turnovers in those last four after having only three in the first five games. Wilson has to relax and go back to playing his game instead of being too perfect in trying to make up for the defense. Having a healthy Chris Carson in the backfield would help Wilson get back to normal as well as he hasn’t seen action since the last meeting vs. the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are vulnerable to both the run and pass as has been shown in the past three weeks. Murray hides a litany of issues as he and DeAndre Hopkins put Arizona in position to win football games. The Seahawks rushed for 200 yards in the first game, but need a healthy Carson or Carlos Hyde to supplement Wilson.
NFL Betting Predictions
Winner: Seahawks 34, Cardinals 31
Over-Under: Take Over 58