The Seattle Seahawks are playing their third road game in four weeks tonight and early money has pushed this line down from -6.5 with some sports betting shops testing the waters at -5.5 points.
Seattle split the first two road games of this tour, winning in dramatic fashion at Houston before the shootout loss to Indianapolis in Week 5. The Hawks earned a win last week at home against the Titans but Pete Carroll was not impressed with his club’s efforts. On short rest they’ll face a Cardinals team who have a score to settle from the last meeting between these teams in December.
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Arizona was blown out of the water 58-0 when these teams hooked up in Week 14 of the 2012 season but things were supposed to be better this year. The Cards have looked good in two home wins over Carolina and Detroit but they are 1-3 straight-up away from home and it doesn’t look as if the offense has lived up to expectations. Larry Fitzgerald has been battling hamstring issues but he is probable as is TE Rob Housler (ankle) and the flock of defensive front seven members who took the brunt of Frank Gore’s 100-yard effort in Week 6.
Seattle is expected to work RB Marshawn Lynch (hip) and will try to get their tight ends more involved as the Cards have shown weakness underneath secondary coverage. QB Russell Wilson threw for only 148 yards the last time these teams met and rushed for 12 yards but it was Seahawk defense creating havoc in both the backfield and secondary which proved too much.
This season Seattle ranks second in takeaways per game (2.8) and Arizona ranks second in giveaways per game (2.5). The Cards D has seen a slight improvement with their takeaways per game over last season but Wilson does a good job protecting the football and the ground game are only surrendering one fumble per 60 minutes.
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Arizona will be focused for this matchup and when teams are settling in at home against a division foe with a non-divisional home game on-deck we have seen a record of 9 overs and 25 unders the first half of the season dating back to 2011. Thursday night divisional games in this range also tend to stay under (6-15 O/U) and odds makers have addressed that with the low total (O/U 41). If the Cards want to turn this into a street fight the Seahawks are more than willing to walk down the alley but we see an edge on offense, defense and special teams from the road squad and are backing them to win by at least seven points.
Pick: Take the Seahawks