A battle of struggling NFC West teams will meet late Sunday afternoon in the Arizona desert as Josh Rosen and his Cardinals host Russell Wilson and the 1-2 Seattle Seahawks.
The Cards were supposed to be mediocre this season, but they have looked downright awful so far this season. Sam Bradford is basically done as an NFL starter, and already the Cards will turn to UCLA’s Josh Rosen to make his first-ever start on Sunday.
The Seahawks are most certainly not what they used to be, but a nice rebound victory last time out vs. the Cowboys has Pete Carroll’s squad back on track. They’ve been dealing with some harsh injuries, but they’re well-aware that if they are to return to the post-season, this is the type of divisional game they have to emerge victorious in.
Regardless of the record, it should be fascinating to watch this divisional showdown unfold. Josh Rosen entered the league with much fanfare, and it should be interesting to see if the young quarterback can turn Arizona around for the rest of the season. Keep reading below the odds to find out how we see this contest playing out, and follow along for full analysis and a betting prediction for Seahawks/Cardinals in Week 4 action.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks -3 (-110)
@ Arizona Cardinals +3 (-110)
Over 40 (-110)
Under 40 (-110)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals Pick:
After Sam Bradford’s almost comical start to the season, the Cardinals really had no choice but to turn to the youngster, Josh Rosen for this pivotal contest. Rosen should be an upgrade in theory over Bradford, though his small sample size of snaps last week didn’t go so well.
Rosen has a live arm and can sling it deep, but this could play right into the hands of the talented Seattle defense. They still have some ball-hawks within their secondary, and given the fact that Arizona likely boasts the worst offensive line in all of football, Rosen will likely be faced with consistent pressure throughout. Last week, Seattle’s defensive line generated a ton of pressure, and if they can do the same here in Week 4, Rosen might be forced into committing a bevy of mistakes leading to turnovers.
The other downside for the Cards’ offense in this one is the poor form of running back David Johnson. As a result, Josh Rosen likely won’t even have a reliable safety net. The Cards’ just don’t block for David Johnson, and making matters worse – it’s believed that Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner will again be in the lineup for the Seahawks, and the All-Pro does a superb job of clamping down on opposing running backs. Space will be limited for the Arizona offense.
On the other side of the ball, Seattle will be getting a big break in getting wideout Doug Baldwin back from an MCL injury a few weeks early. Healthy or not, the talented receiver adds an entirely new dimension to how the Seahawks move the football. He is expected to suit up, and should benefit from favorable downfield matchups.
And while the Seahawks’ O-Line doesn’t block all that well either, Russell Wilson has been used to this for years and his elusiveness and mobility emerging from the pocket will be tough to deal with for the Cards’ defense. It’s important that Wilson does rush the ball in this contest, as the Seahawks’ run game is in disarray. Their carousel of personnel has not been conducive to success and continuity, and if the Seahawks are going to move the chains – it’ll need to come through Wilson.
The spread seems fair, and I’d expect this to be a relatively low-scoring affair. In the end, I lean to the Seahawks since they have more playmakers and certainty on both sides of the ball. I don’t think Josh Rosen is ready for what Seattle can and will throw at him, and with Baldwin back for the Seahawks – it gives them enough of a dynamic offensive ability to break this game open.
PICK = Seahawks -3 (-110)