This week’s Thursday Night Football matchup features a pair of NFC West teams facing off with first place in the division on the line. The 6-3 Seattle Seahawks host the 6-3 Arizona Cardinals. Seattle has lost three of its last four games after a 5-0 start, including once already against the Cardinals. Arizona has won four of its last five games after a Hail Mary from Kyler Murray to DeAndre Hopkins vanquished the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.
So what will happen when these two divisional foes meet? Let’s get into the game. All odds are courtesy of our friends over at BetOnline.
Spread: ARI: +3 (-110) | SEA: -3 (-110)
Moneyline: ARI: (+138) | SEA: (-158)
Total: 57.5 – Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Cardinals-Seahawks kicks off a very exciting Week 11 primetime slate chock full of good teams and playoff implications. The last time these two teams met, it ended in thrilling fashion, with Arizona vanquishing Seattle in overtime to end their undefeated season after five games.
Seattle has been in a bit of a tailspin lately. After the loss in Arizona sent them to 5-1, the Seahawks dropped two of their next three games (including the last two) to fall to 6-3, losing their solo grip on the top spot in the NFC West. The Cardinals immediately went into their bye after the overtime victory and split their next two games, losing to the Miami Dolphins and beating the Buffalo Bills via a last-second Hail Mary.
A key to this game will be the potential bounce-back effort from former 2020 MVP frontrunner Russell Wilson. He’s coming off of his worst game of the season and now has a whopping 10 turnovers in his last four games—a run that started with three interceptions against the Cardinals back in October. Can he return to his previous form or will he continue to press in an effort to either turn things around for his team as a whole or account for a sorry defense that ranks as the NFL’s worst heading into Week 11?
Speaking of defense, unless Wilson goes Super Saiyan, those two units are the true difference-makers in this game. Can Seattle, a defense still on pace to be the worst of all time in terms of yards allowed, repeat their (relatively) positive outing from Week 10 on Thursday? If so, the Seahawks will likely win this game. If they remain as porous as they’ve been throughout the rest of the season, Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, Kenyan Drake, and Co. will carve them up a week before Thanksgiving.
This is a tough game to pick, but I’m going to lean on the advantage Arizona’s defense has over its counterpart (league average compared to league worst) plus the extra three points I’m being given. This feels like a field goal game with plenty of shenanigans… just like every Seahawks primetime game.
Pick ATS: Cardinals +3
NFL picks ATS 2020: 82-63-2 (57%)
NFL picks ATS 2019: 145-119-3 (55%)
NFL picks ATS 2018: 140-115-12 (55%)
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