Fresh off of a stellar 5-0 week, I’m back at it early in Week 10 looking for that same success rate. My selections are now 24-18 against the number on the year so far, and we are really only half way through the NFL betting calendar.
This Thursday night, we will shift our attention to an all-NFC West showdown featuring the Seattle Seahawks as they travel to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals. Both of these divisional rivals typically play each other tight, and though they are just a game away from one another – I’d expect Seattle to get back on track pull away from Arizona this week.
Still however – with the Seahawks entering at 5-3, and the Cards hosting at 4-4, there still are big playoff implications within the NFC West at stake here. It should make for an intriguing Thursday night showdown and a great way to begin what is hopefully another successful week of NFL action. Read on below for full game analysis and an official betting prediction.
Seahawks vs. Cardinals Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks -6 (-110)
@ Arizona Cardinals +6 (-110)
Over 40.5 (-110)
Under 40.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Seahawks vs. Cardinals Pick:
The Seahawks are coming off a stunning home loss last week to the Redskins. Their offense struggled yet again to put up points – but not necessarily overall yardage. Seattle actually got 400 total yards of total offense but simply played dumb football. On both sides of the ball the Seahawks took far too many penalties and didn’t make field goals when it counted. I’d simply chalk most of that up to a bad week and some unfortunate luck. Seattle remains a solid team with a lot of good offensive pieces, and they should be able to get back on track vs. a weak Cards’ stop unit.
Look for the Seahawks to be able to nullify the Cardinals’ pass rush, especially with the addition of Duane Brown. This will allow Russell Wilson all kinds of time and space in the pocket to pick apart the Arizona secondary. Making matters worse is the current state of the Cardinals’ linebackers. They have been brutal all season long and will likely struggle to cover the tight end, Jimmy Graham, and the pass-catching RB C.J. Prosise who is expected back from injury. Look for Seattle to move the chains with regularity on Thursday night, and convert all of that yardage into points.
On the other side of the football, while the Seahawks are declining on defense, and have struggled without Earl Thomas – they still have more than enough pieces to make things nearly impossible for the Cardinals. Drew Stanton cannot do much for the Cardinals – he is a very limited quarterback and likely won’t be able to inflict much damage on the Seattle secondary. There is also no chance his pass protection holds up for all four quarters, and look for an angry Seattle stop unit to send a message in a primetime, standalone divisional match-up.
Finally, it is also worth noting that the Seahawks are still as good as anybody when it comes to stuffing the run. While the Cards will likely have no choice but to try and establish Adrian Peterson and a running game, the Seahawks will clamp down on this easily. In fact, they have not allowed more than 75 yards rushing in a game since Week 3 of this season. This should put added pressure on the mediocre Stanton, and force the Cards into all kinds of turnovers and bad decisions.
While Thursday night games bring out lethargic and lacklustre football, the Seahawks are angry coming off of a bad loss to Washington and know they must keep pace with the L.A. Rams. I can’t forsee them being below average again for this one. They are a bad matchup for the lowly Cardinals, and expect a message-sending outing from Pete Carroll’s crew. Look for the Seahawks to roll to kick off Week 10.
PICK = Seahawks -6 (-110)