A big NFC West clash will highlight the late afternoon slate of Week 4 NFL action as Pete Caroll’s Seattle Seahawks head to Arizona to do battle with Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals.
For the Cards, it hasn’t been the start Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury would have hoped for. Though their offense has looked solid in bursts, their defense remains quite weak, and the Seahawks will surely provide another stiff test.
The Seahawks started the year off well, before succumbing to an undermanned Saints team at home last week. It was a disappointing loss for Seattle, and all week they’ve talked about the importance of bouncing back in a game they feel they should win. If the post-season is the goal for this team, these are the match-ups they need to take advantage of.
It’s always special when two divisional rivals square off, and with the intrigue surrounding Kyler Murray’s rookie season, it adds another layer to this key contest. Read on below the odds for a game preview, breakdown, and betting selection for Seahawks vs. Cardinals.
Seahawks vs. Cardinals Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks -5 (-115)
@ Arizona Cardinals +5 (-105)
Over 48 (-105)
Under 48 (-115)
Seahawks vs. Cardinals Pick:
The Cardinals need to get going, and despite all of the optimism surrounding this team before the season began – it seems to have quickly evapourated. Last week was a down game for the franchise, especially when you consider their offensive line conceded a staggering eight sacks to their franchise rookie quarterback, Kyler Murray.
Murray didn’t look right, but it’s tough to fault him when he had absolutely zero time and space to operate from the pocket. This week though, expect the fortunes to change for the youngster. Seattle doesn’t boast an effective pass rush at all, and Murray should have enough time to make effective reads and either beat the Seahawks with his legs or his arm downfield. Seattle does have a woefully inept secondary with plenty of holes, and though they are run stuffers – the air raid offense should be in fine display on Sunday for the Cards.
On the other side of the ball, expect the Seahawks to also have issues with pass protection for their franchise quarterback – Rusell Wilson. The only difference is that Arizona does have the type of personnel that can and should exploit that weakness. With Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs, expect the Cards to be able to bullrush through the Seahawks’ line, and apply heavy pressure to Wilson on dropback situations. Seattle can be effective through the air as Arizona’s secondary is likely to be banged up and missing key personnel, but it is uncertain that Wilson will have enough time and space to actually exploit this.
This line has badly overreacted based off of recent performances. The Arizona defense isn’t as bad as it looked last week, and the Seahawks aren’t this much better than them – especially away from home. This is a classic look ahead spot for Seattle as well, as they face the defending NFC Champions just four days from now. Look for Arizona to take full advantage en route to covering the number, and securing their first win of the season.