Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 8:25 pm Eastern, TV: NBC, NFL Network
University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Arizona
Opening Line: Seattle -6 1/2
Current Line: Seattle -6
Opening Total: 42 1/2
Current Total: 41
Opening Money Line: Seahawks -245 / Cardinals +205
Current Money Line: Seahawks -250 / Cardinals +210
The 5-3 Seattle Seahawks travel to the 4-4 Arizona Cardinals Thursday night in an NFC West battle. Both teams trail the 6-2 Los Angeles Rams in the standings. Arizona leads the series 18-17-1. The teams played to a 6-6 tie last season in Arizona, and the Cardinals won 34-31 in Seattle. The teams will close out the regular season in Seattle New Year’s Eve.
Seattle is coached by Pete Carroll. The Seahawks have road losses at the Green Bay Packers 17-9 and at the Tennessee Titans 33-27, plus a home loss to the Washington Redskins 17-14 last week. Seattle has home wins over the San Francisco 49ers 12-9, Indianapolis Colts 46-18 and Houston Texans 41-38 , plus road wins at the Los Angeles Rams 16-10 and New York Giants 24-7. Against Washington, the Seahawks were 8 point favorites and the total was 44.5. Seattle is 3-5 ATS and the total is 3-5 this season.
Arizona is coached by Bruce Arians. The Cardinals have road losses at the Detroit Lions 35-23 and Philadelphia Eagles 34-7, a home loss to the Dallas Cowboys 28-17 plus a neutral site loss to the Los Angeles Rams 33-0 in London. Arizona has a road win over the Indianapolis Colts 16-13 in overtime and San Francisco 49ers 20-10 last week, and home wins over the 49ers 18-15 in overtime and Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-33. The Cardinals were 2.5 point favorites against the 49ers and the total was 39. Arizona is 2-6 ATS and the total is 2-6 this season.
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Seattle is outscoring teams 24-19 this season. Seattle is #10 in scoring and #6 in points allowed. The Seahawks average 379 yards per game on offense including 275 passing and 104 rushing yards. Seattle is #4 in total offense and #2 in passing. On defense, the Seahawks are allowing 323 total yards per game including 213 passing and 109 rushing yards. Seattle is 52/121 on third and fourth conversions and opponents are 38/109. Seattle has forced 23 sacks and allowed 18 this season. The Seahawks are +5 in turnovers and has three defensive touchdowns.
Quarterback Russell Wilson has completed 62% of his passes for 2,305 yards with 17 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, plus 46 carries for 271 yards and a touchdown. He has been sacked 18 times.
Running back Chris Carson had 49 carries for 208 yards, plus 7 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. He is out for the season after suffering a broken leg. Eddie Lacy has 48 carries for 128 yards. He is doubtful with a groin injury. C.J. Prosise, Thomas Rawls and J.D. McKissic will also get some carries. McKissic has 9 catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. Prosise has 6 catches for 87 yards, but is probable with an ankle injury.
Receiver Doug Baldwin has 49 catches for 538 yards and 3 touchdowns. Paul Richardson has 25 catches for 415 yards and 5 touchdowns. He is questionable with a groin injury. Tyler Lockett has 28 catches for 355 yards. He is probable with a shoulder injury. Tight end Jimmy Graham has 33 catches for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is questionable with an ankle injury. Tight end Luke Wilson has 9 catches for 107 yards and 3 touchdowns. Thirteen defensive players and five offensive linemen are listed on the injury report.
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Arizona is being outscored 25-17 this season. Arizona is #27 in points allowed and #26 in scoring. The Cardinals average 338 yards per game including 261 passing and 76 rushing yards. Arizona is #5 in passing offense, but #31 in rushing. On defense, the Cardinals allow 350 total yards per game including 249 passing and 101 rushing yards. Arizona is 47/124 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 61/133. Arizona has forced 18 sacks and allowed 24 this season. The Cardinals are -4 in turnovers.
Quarterback Carson Palmer has completed 61.4% of his passes for 1,978 yards with 9 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, plus he has 14 carries for 12 rushing yards. He has been sacked 22 times. He is out indefinitely with a broken arm. Drew Stanton has thrown for 267 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions as the replacment. He has been sacked twice.
Running back David Johnson had 11 carries for 23 yards along with 6 catches for 67 yards. He is out until at least week 10 with a broken wrist suffered in week one. In order to improve the dreadful running game, the Cardinals traded for Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints. Peterson was expendable in a crowded Saints’ backfield. He has 74 carries for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns, plus 3 catches for 20 yards. Andre Ellington has 13 carries for 49 yards, and has 30 catches for 271 yards. Kerwynn Williams has 24 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown, plus 4 catches for 39 yards.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 50 catches for 564 yards and 3 touchdowns. J.J. Nelson has 20 catches for 331 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jaron Brown has 21 catches for 314 yards and a touchdown. John Brown has 14 catches for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tight end Jermaine Gresham has 17 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown. Five defensive players and two offensive linemen are listed on the injury report.
Seattle is 7-0 ATS in Thursday games, 6-1 in week 10, 8-2 after a straight up loss, 24-8-2 after passing for more than 250 yards, 5-2 in November, 3-7-1 after scoring less than 15 points, 2-6 in road games, 1-4 after gaining more than 350 yards, 1-5 after allowing less than 90 rushing yards and on grass, and 1-7 after allowing less than 250 yards. The road team is 5-0 ATS in this series recently. The Seahawks have covered the last four games in Arizona against the Cardinals.
Arizona is 15-6 ATS after allowing more than 250 passing yards, 2-5 in Thursday games, against teams with winning road records, and against NFC teams, 5-13 at home, 2-6 after a cover and overall, 3-9-1 after rushing for 150 yards or more, 4-14 against teams with winning records, 1-5 in November, 1-6 after a straight up win, 1-10 after allowing less than 90 rushing yards, and 0-7 after allowing less than 15 points. The underdog has covered the last four games in this series. The over is 10-3 in Arizona in this series recently.
Adrian Peterson has really revived the Arizona running game. Without Palmer they are more of a running team. They have alternated wins and losses all season. Seattle has no running game besides Wilson, and are banged up on defense. I still think Seattle is a better team and wins a close game on the road.