Sunday Night Football Week 7 – Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Free Preview and Prediction
One of the NFL’s most exciting divisions in football is taking the stage in Week 7 of Sunday Night Football. The Seahawks head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in a game that will be critical to the balance of power in the NFC West.
The odds opened at Betonline.ag with Arizona as -2.5 favorites. With around 65 percent of bets coming in Seattle, that shifted to Arizona -1. This line is much more likely to be closer to pk or Seattle a small favorite than to get closer to the opener.
The total opened at 43.5 points, and that is where it still stands at just about every sportsbook. Betting action has been split down the middle on the number of points scored.
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The Seahawks – Coming into Form
Seattle started off the season a little slow. After all, they only scored 15 points in their first two games. Russell Wilson got banged Week 1, and they ended up losing to the St. Louis Rams. Since that time, Seattle has won three straight games, and have scored 37, 27, and 26 points in those victories.
They came off a bye week to face the Falcons at CenturyLink Field. After leading for much of the first half, Atlanta scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter take the lead. However, Seattle rallied late, shutting out the Falcons in the final quarter and winning the game 26-24. The win moved their record to 4-1, first place in the NFC West.
Seattle is mostly healthy besides Earl Thomas, who will miss this week’s game with a groin injury that has kept him out several weeks. He is on track to return in Week 8.
The Cardinals – Every Game Counts
Like the Seahawks, Arizona has started slowly. However, their slow start came with a few more losses. The Cardinals started the season with 1-3 after losses to the Patriots, Bills, and Rams. Since then, they have won two straight games.
Arizona also came off a bye week to host the Jets on Monday Night Football. The matchup was a good one for the Cardinals’ passing game, and they took advantage. Their defense didn’t look too bad either. They won the game by a final score of 28-3. The win put their record at 3-3, which ties them for fourth in the division with the Rams.
Carson Palmer was on the injury report this week with a tight hamstring, but he is fully expected to play. Wide receiver John Brown is doubtful to play this week. This means we will see more Michael Floyd and a few more targets for Larry Fitzgerald.
I don’t love this game when it comes to picking a side. It’s clear the market is currently moving in Seattle’s direction, but it certainly wouldn’t shock me if the Cardinals offense had a big game. Likewise, when it comes to the Seahawks’ offensive abilities.
Both teams have defenses that deserve plenty of respect, but they have also had their hiccups as well, particularly against more formidable offenses. For that reason, I find this total incredibly low.
Both Arizona and Seattle have tons of offensive talent. At this point, running back David Johnson and tight end Jimmy Graham are both matchup proof. Tough defense doesn’t lead to more points, but turnovers can. Wilson and Palmer will throw it into traffic and take chances.
I view this game as a 24-21 type of contest, which right now is over the oddsmakers total of 43.5.
Pick: Over 43.5