Cardinals vs. Seahawks line, prediction: Arizona a live underdog
Three VSiN NFL handicappers dive into some betting angles for Sunday night’s Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals matchup.
Youmans: Kyler Murray lofted a perfect pass that Christian Kirk caught in stride on the way to an 80-yard touchdown Monday in the Cardinals’ 38-10 victory at Dallas. Take out that play, and Murray went 8-for-23 for 108 yards the rest of the night.
Murray’s accuracy in Arizona’s aerial attack has a lot of room for improvement, but the Seahawks are nearly as weak as the Cowboys in terms of pass defense. The Cardinals are fortunate to have a dependable running back in Kenyan Drake, who carried 20 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns Monday, and the league’s No. 2 scoring defense (18.7 PPG).
Russell Wilson will tell us if Arizona’s impressive defensive numbers are legit. I hate to bet against Wilson, but the Seahawks are in a similar situation the one the Packers faced last week — a hot team hitting the road after a bye — and it paid off to bet against Aaron Rodgers. Seattle made narrow escapes in home victories over the Cowboys, Patriots and Vikings — and the Cardinals are currently better than those three teams.
Pick: Cardinals +3.5
Tuley: Don’t call me a bandwagon jumper on the Cardinals, as I have bets on them to win the NFC West and NFC from back in April. This is obviously a key game for them to make a serious run at the division, but they have a great shot at the minor upset. The Seahawks are undefeated at 5-0, but they have a knack of being involved in close games (which helps with us getting more than a field goal).
Pick: Cardinals +3.5
Dinsick: In reviewing the performance in Arizona’s win over the Cowboys in Week 6, it is fair to adjust their passing defense up, now at full strength, while also adjusting the offense down.
The Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury passing offense has not lived up to expectations this season (23rd in the metric Expected Points Added per Dropback, excluding garbage time) which presents a problem as they face a Seattle defense that is returning several key players in the secondary.
Most of the success for Murray this season has come on the ground, which matches up poorly against a Seattle team that is strong against the run, conceding an EPA of -0.153 point per rush. If the Cardinals are able to repeat the outstanding coverage they showed against the excellent Dallas wide receivers, this sets up for a perfect Under spot given the inflated total of 55.5. Depending on where you got the number, the Cardinals are 1-5 or 0-6 to the Under this season, falling five points short of the total on average. This may be the last time we see a total in the 50s for a Cardinals game.
Pick: Under 55.5
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