To conclude the NFL regular season, the Seahawks (-14) are set to greet the Arizona Cardinals in CenturyLink Field. Interested parties can tune in to the action on FOX and this NFC West showdown kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview
In this Sunday NFC game, Seattle is getting picked as the big favorite and is currently giving up 14 points. The Cardinals are also receiving +525 moneyline odds while the Seahawks are -875. If one side can create a bunch of points early it will generate a decent live betting opportunity. Oddsmakers have determined the over/under (O/U) to be 38.5 points.
The game’s total has swung lower after originally being set at 40. The opening line has yet to change.
The Cardinals are 6-9 against the spread (ATS) and have lost 4.3 units so far. They’ve been a good under bet and have posted an O/U record of 6-9.
The Seahawks are up 2.8 units this season. The team is 9-4-2 ATS and owns an O/U record of 8-7.
The Cardinals are 3-12 straight up (SU), including 2-3 SU against NFC West opponents. The Seahawks are 9-6 SU overall and also 2-3 SU versus divisional foes.
The Cards lost to the Rams 31-9 in a Week 16 thumping where their defense allowed the Rams to eat up the clock by rushing for 269 yards on 41 attempts, including three rush TDs. C.J. Anderson was on a different level for the Rams in that one with 167 rushing yards and a score on 20 attempts. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cardinals completed 18-of-31 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown. Josh Rosen went 12-for-23 for 87 yards while Mike Glennon completed five-of-seven for 63 yards. David Johnson (35 rushing yards on 10 attempts) led the ground attack while Larry Fitzgerald (six receptions, 53 yards) and Trent Sherfield (six catches, 62 yards) shared the receiving duties in the defeat.
Seattle is coming off of a 38-31 win over Kansas City last week. The defensive unit allowed the Chiefs to run for 154 yards on 19 rush attempts. Damien Williams was a bright spot in the loss, recording 103 rushing yards on 13 attempts for Kansas City. For Seattle, Russell Wilson completed 18-of-29 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Carson (116 yards on 27 rush attempts, two TDs) and the signal-caller Wilson (57 yards on eight carries) mounted the running attack as Doug Baldwin (seven receptions, 126 yards, one TD) and Tyler Lockett (four catches, 99 yards) led the pass-catching corps in the win.
Arizona’s run the ball on 41.8 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Seattle has an overall rush percentage of 55.2 percent. The Cardinals have rushed for 84 yards/game (including 79 per game against West opponents) and have nine scores on the ground this year. The Seahawks are putting up 159 rushing yards per game (194 in conference) and have 13 total rush TDs.
The Cards offense has logged 182 yards per contest in the air overall (175 per game against conference opposition) and has 14 passing scores so far. The Seahawks have put up 220 pass yards per contest (193.6 against NFC competition) and have 34 total pass TDs.
Arizona seems to hold an edge when it comes to limiting the pass. The team has allowed opponents to rush for an average of 153 yards and pass for 230 yards per game. The Seattle D has allowed 263.6 yards per game to opposing passers and 115.1 yards per game on the ground. The Cards are giving up an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 6.22 to opponents, while the Seahawks have allowed a 6.72 ANY/A.
Rosen has put up 1,997 pass yards on the year. He’s completed 186-of-337 attempts with 10 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Rosen’s got a 3.82 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number is 1.16 over the last two outings.
For the home team, Russell Wilson has completed 245-of-375 passes for 3,059 yards, 32 TDs and six INTs. Wilson’s ANY/A stands at 7.52 for the year and 8.65 across his past two outings.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Free NFL Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Seahawks, ATS Winner – Seahawks, O/U – Under
The Cardinals offense has recorded four pass plays of 40 or more yards, while the Seahawks have accounted for 13 such plays.
The Arizona defense has allowed four pass plays of 40 or more yards, while Seattle has given up eight such plays.
The Arizona offense has created five rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while Seattle has created 15 such runs.
The Cardinals defense has allowed 19 rushing plays of 20 yards or more, while the Seahawks have given up 13 such runs.
The Arizona defense has 43 sacks on the year while Seattle has just 37.
As a team, Arizona has averaged 3.7 yards per rush attempt over its last three contests and 4.1 over its last two.
Seattle has averaged 4.9 yards per carry over its last three games and 4.8 over its past two.
Over its last three contests, Seattle is 2-1 ATS and the over cashed in two of those three.
The O/U for Arizona’s last game was set at 44. The under cashed in the team’s 31-9 loss to the Rams.
In its last three matches, Arizona is 0-3 ATS and the under cashed in two of those three.
The Over/Under for Seattle’s last match going into it was 54. The over cashed in the 38-31 victory over Kansas City.
Arizona has lost seven of its last eight games SU, with a three-point victory over Green Bay on December 2nd representing the only win over that stretch.
Seattle has won six of its last seven games SU, with a -3-point defeat to San Francisco on December 16th accounting for its only loss over that span.