It’s a contest between worst and first in the NFC West with the Seahawks as an unlikely NFC West leader after eight weeks of the season.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, November 6, 2022 – 04:05 PM EDT at State Farm Stadium
Don’t look now, but the Seattle Seahawks have won three straight and are in sole possession of first place in the NFC West. Only the most ardent, diehard Seahawks fan would have ever dared to dream this scenario, Seattle ahead of the defending Super Bowl champion Rams and the powerhouse 49ers.
To say that Geno Smith has been merely serviceable and acting as strictly a game manager this year for the Seahawks would be understating it. While the journeyman quarterback has not necessarily been electrifying, we should note that he has the highest completion rate of all starting quarterbacks at 72.3%, and his 13 touchdown passes to just 3 interceptions is among the best ratio in the business.
Last Sunday was more of the same with Smith launching a pair of touchdown strikes and 212 yards en route to a 27-13 home victory over the upstart Giants. Smith has a pair of excellent receivers in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, as well as a talented twin tight end set of Will Dissly and Noah Fant, that have kept this Seattle offense churning out points, averaging 26.3 points per game, good for 4th in the league in that category.
Cardinals Sink to Bottom of Division
The Cardinals had a tall task in front of them last week and they proved they were not up to the challenge when they fell, 34-26, to the Vikings in Minnesota. It was Arizona’s third loss in four games and they are now mired in the muck of the NFC West.
Kyler Murray was throwing early and often, connecting on 31-of-44 for 326 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
DeAndre Hopkins has given this passing offense a shot in the arm since his return from suspension and it was never more evident than last Sunday when he went off for 12 catches, 159 yards, and a touchdown.
As good as the offense was, Murray did toss two costly picks and those mistakes have hurt the team all season long. "We just crushed ourselves, just did too many things that we can't do," Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt said. "Against a good football team, they're going to beat you."
- Cardinals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- Cardinals are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 9.
- Seahawks are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Seahawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in November.
- Under is 5-1 in the Cardinals’ last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Under is 4-1 in the Cardinals’ last 5 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Under is 8-2 in the Cardinals’ last 10 games following a straight-up loss.
- Under is 6-0 in the Seahawks’ last 6 games in November.
- Under is 5-1 in the Seahawks’ last 6 games after allowing less than 150 yards passing in their previous game.
Seahawks vs. Cardinals Pick and Prediction
The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 19-9 three weeks ago, but that was before DeAndre Hopkins returned to electrify this Cardinals’ offense.
Murray has sensational chemistry with Hopkins and because he is such a football magnet, the other receivers are getting loose coverage and benefitting because of it.
As for the Seahawks, you have to give them their just due, but this feels like a team that is just keeping the seat warm for another team until they’re ready to ascend to the top of the division.
The Cardinals' offense is clicking and this team still has a shot at winning the division as there isn’t much separation between first and fourth.
The biggest concern in backing the Cardinals in this spot is their 23rd-ranked pass defense, something that will certainly be exploited by Seattle’s talented receivers. But on the other hand, the Seahawks will have issues of their own defending the pass as Arizona’s 13th-ranked passing attack will be nestled firmly in the top 10 within a few weeks as long Hopkins stays healthy.
If this is a passing contest, my money is on Murray and he should get at least some of his starting offensive linemen back after missing four of five last week.
That will allow greater protection and once the Cards jump out to a lead, they will slow the game down by running the ball and forcing the Hawks to play catch-up.
Bet the home chalk at a tremendous line now that it has dipped below the magic three and fly low in this one as well.
Score Prediction: Cardinals 26 - Seahawks 20
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