The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals get flexed to Sunday Night Football after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Las Vegas Raiders were pushed back to an early game. As a result of five Covid tests coming back positive for the Raiders, the NFL didn’t want to have to cancel a Sunday night game.
That wouldn’t be good for business. NBC definitely wouldn’t like to fill a time slot with some other than football on a Sunday night. While the Buccaneers and Raiders won’t be in primetime, the Seahawks and Cardinals make for a nice Sunday nighter. I think we have a pretty nice matchup on our hands in this one.
Russell Wilson against Kyler Murray creates what should be an exciting game. When the Seahawks have the ball, I’m going to be interested in seeing what Wilson can spin with the ball, and then on the other side, Murray is always a thrilling quarterback to watch. He danced all over the Dallas Cowboys at a tune of 74 rushing yards on ten attempts for a touchdown. Murray also passed for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns. He started slow, but the Cardinals heated up, while the Cowboys floundered.
Kenyan Drake was fantastic for the Cardinals. The two-headed ground attack of Murray and Drake ran all over the Cowboys. Drake popped off for 164 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 8.2 yards per carry. The Seahawks have struggled defending the pass, so it might be a game where Murray airs the ball out a little more than last week.
The Seahawks are coming off a tight 27-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago. They were able to erase a 13-0 deficit in the first half in the third quarter. The Seahawks scored 21 points in the third frame, and converted on a last-minute drive, which included converting a 4th down to win. Could the Cardinals knock them off on Sunday night and disrupt their perfect season? It should be an entertaining game. Head below for our free Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals prop picks for October 25, 2020.
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Tyler Lockett Receiving Yards
The secret is out on DK Metcalf. The Vikings did a nice job containing him before Metcalf took over the game in the fourth quarter. Russell Wilson targeted him on fourth down, and then found him in the end zone for the go-ahead score in the red zone. Defenses are going to have to throw more resources at Metcalf or it’s going to be more of the same. He’s going to continue to take games over. Metcalf isn’t the only productive wide receiver on the Seahawks’ roster, though. Tyler Lockett was quiet against the Vikings.
He caught 4 receptions for 44 yards. It’s the second straight week that Lockett was contained for less than 50 receiving yards. I would not sleep on Lockett, though. After too sleepy performances for Lockett, the Cardinals might take their attention off him and shade a safety closer to Metcalf. I’m expecting Lockett to have more opportunities in this one. I will put some confidence in him having a big night against the Cardinals in the desert on Sunday night.
Kyler Murray Passing Yards
The Seahawks’ issues against the pass have been well-documented this season. The 2020 Seahawks have not been the Legion of Boom Seahawks. In fact, it’s going to take Wilson carrying this team to the Super Bowl. I don’t see much changing overnight for the Seahawks defensively, so leaning on the aerial attack is going to have to take precedence. If it wasn’t for Wilson and the offense, this Seattle team would not have a chance of going 6-0 on Sunday Night.
This should be the opening the Cardinals need to snap the Seahawks’ winning streak tonight. The Seahawks have gotten torched for 370.4 passing yards per game. They are the worst team against the pass by an incredible margin. The next worst pass defense belongs to the Atlanta Falcons who are conceding 335.3 yards per game through the air. So, it’s not even remotely close. The Seahawks have been abysmal in this regard.
Murray is coming off an okay night passing the football against the Cowboys. He missed several opportunities early, but ultimately settled in. Murray threw for just 188 yards on 9 for 24 passing. This was after Murray torched the Jets for 380 yards. He’s passed for more than 269 passing yards in three of six outings this season. With the worst pass defense in the NFL on the schedule Sunday night, Murray should be able to record around 290 yards.
Kyler Murray Passing Touchdowns
Despite failing to pass for many yards last week, Murray was able to throw 2 touchdowns for a productive night with respect to putting up points for the Cardinals. It made for the third game in his last four games that Murray has thrown at least 2 touchdown passes. He had a season-high on October 4 with 3 strikes against the Carolina Panthers on the road.
Murray should have more than enough opportunities against the weak Seahawks’ secondary to find at least two receivers in the end zone. This bet ties into the reasoning above. Quarterbacks have been having an easy time exploiting the Seahawks through the air. We have plenty of equity in Murray on Sunday night for good reason.
Seattle has allowed 370.4 passing yards per game. I am sure head coach Kliff Kingsbury drew up a gameplan to give Murray’s arm a workout in this one. With that in mind, there are going to be chances for scores through the air for the Cardinals. I’m projecting Murray to throw for around 290 yards and 2 touchdowns, so both the yardage and touchdown prop look solid.