Cardinals vs. Seahawks Picks: Cases For Both Sides of the Sunday Night Football Spread
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The Arizona Cardinals will host the Seattle Seahawks for a Sunday Night Football showdown.
Our staff has you covered with how they’re betting the spread — with cases for both sides.
Cardinals vs. Seahawks Picks
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Chris Raybon: Seahawks -3.5
Betting on the Cards last week was one of the enjoyable games of the season: Zero sweat.
Now, it’s time to fade them.
Are the Cardinals any different than the team that entered Week 5 at 2-2 after back-to-back losses to the below-average Lions and Panthers? Did the Cardinals really “hit their stride,” as the narrative would have it, or did they simply beat up on the league-worst Jets and the injury-ravaged Cowboys? Not to mention, another one of the Cardinals’ wins came against the Washington Football Team.
The Cardinals are not only short on quality wins, but also preparation time, as they played on Monday night while the Seahawks are coming off a bye — a spot that has been incredibly favorable for the super team (i.e. the favorite):
This is simply a letdown spot for the Cards: Short week, going from facing the NFL’s coldest QB to its hottest in a game in which the absence of top pass-rusher Chandler Jones will truly be felt for the first time.
Offensively, Kyler Murray is coming off a game in which he completed only 9-of-20 passes but was bailed out by an 80-yard touchdown that he nearly overthrew, and Arizona’s run game will likely revert to form against Seattle’s top-10 run defense — not to mention DeAndre Hopkins (foot) is at less than 100%.
I like Seattle up to -4.
Sean Koerner: Cardinals +3.5
The 5-0 Seahawks are being overrated by the market right now.
Based on metrics such as average margin of victory and time leading, they have performed more like a 3.5-1.5 team. Russell Wilson gives them a chance to win every single game, but their defense remains a concern with Jamal Adams out of the lineup again this week.
The Cardinals offense should be able to keep up in this one and keep it close. As of Saturday afternoon, 85% of the money has come in on the Seahawks (go to our real-time public betting data), but the line has been parked on the key number of -3.5. Sharp action is likely why that number hasn’t budged, so I’m going to lock it in case it drops to 3.
The Cardinals currently have the highest edge based on our new PRO Projections, and I agree that they are one of the top plays this week.
Brandon Anderson: Cardinals +3.5
The last time we saw the Seahawks, they got thoroughly dominated by the Vikings.
The Vikings led 13-0 at halftime. They had five scoring drives of at least 11 plays and piled up 449 yards of offense, running 31 more plays than Seattle. Minnesota also had an absolutely disastrous third-quarter sequence in which it gave up a 21-0 run in just eight plays from scrimmage, and Seattle escaped with a one-point win.
Seattle is 5-0 now, but none of its wins have come against teams that would make the playoffs if they started today. And all but one of those wins have come by one score. Seattle’s metrics would predict 3.2 wins instead of five.
Russell Wilson has been the MVP, but that’s another way of saying Wilson has magically and repeatedly done enough to cover a litany of holes elsewhere on this team.
Seattle’s pass defense, in particular, has been atrocious. It’s allowed the most yards in the league despite playing one fewer game than most teams, and it’s especially struggled against wide receivers. The Seahawks have also struggled in recent years containing mobile quarterbacks who can pressure the defense, and they’re missing their best defender this week in Jamal Adams.
Allow me to introduce you to the Arizona Cardinals. Their quarterback has been the most efficient runner in the league in 2020, and DeAndre Hopkins is leading the league in receiving. Arizona has the weapons to give Seattle’s defense all sorts of problems.
I think Sunday night is another close game late, and maybe Wilson will be the MVP and pull another rabbit out of his hat. But I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t, either. And I won’t be surprised if Kyler is the magician this time. I’m grabbing the points while it’s above 3 and will sprinkle a small portion of the bet on the moneyline upset, too.