Prior to the start of the season, we all make predictions about how things will go. I’m nut just talking about the Super Bowl either, as we all get into divisional races, playoff spots, and even the number of wins that each team will deliver. No matter how much research you do before the start of the season, the chances of getting everything right are basically slim to none. Every year, there are a few teams who fall well short of expectations, as well as a few who do a whole lot better than expected. The NFC West is the perfect example of what I am talking about here. I can bet that very few of you guys had the Seattle Seahawks leading the division at the midway point of the season, but that is exactly where they are. They will be looking to stay there this weekend when they hit the road to face the Arizona Cardinals in a big divisional matchup. The Cardinals are a 2-point home favorite, with the point total set at 49 ½. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming match between Seahawks and Cardinals, so you can bet against their NFL Betting Odds.
NFL Week 9 Betting Preview: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Analysis
Seahawks versus Cardinals Match Info
- When: Sunday, Nov 6 at 4:05 PM EST
- Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale
- TV: FOX
Why bet on the Seattle Seahawks
When Russell Wilson packed his bags and left Seattle to move to the Denver Broncos, the general consensus was that the Seahawks might be in rebuild mode, especially after announcing that Geno Smith would be their starter. No disrespect to Smith, but we are looking at a downgrade from Wilson, but he has proven everyone wrong by leading his team to a 5-3 record and the top spot in the division. The Seahawks are really rolling now and have won 3 in a row, which included a 19-9 win over the Cardinals a few weeks ago. That win meant that the Seahawks have now won 6 of their last 9 meetings with Arizona. On the road versus the Cardinals, the Seahawks are 7-1-1 SU in their last 9 visits. Overall, they have covered the spread in 4 of their last 5 games and have seen the OVER hit in 4 of their last 5 road outings.
Why bet on the Arizona Cardinals
While there is still time left for the Cardinals to make a playoff move, at 3-5 on the season, they have to be considered in trouble. A win here, though, would tighten up what is already a close race in the NFC West. The problem here is that the Cardinals are on a run where they have lost 3 of their last 4 games, although it has to be said that the schedule has been far from easy. One of their biggest issues has been playing at home, as they have just 1 win in their last 9 in their own building. In divisional games, they have failed to cover the spread in each of their last 5, with 5 of their last 7 meetings with Seattle going UNDER the point total.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The earlier meeting this season between these teams was something of a defensive battle, which is something I think we might see again here. I am once again leaning toward Seattle to keep their good run of form going.
NFL Betting Pick: Seattle Seahawks 23 Arizona Cardinals 17