Last week’s pick looked dead and buried early, as the Panthers fell 21pts behind the Saints before half time!
At least Carolina made a game of it and came back to tie the game at 38-38 in the 4th quarter. But, ultimately they did not deserve to win and Will Lutz won it for the Saints, with a 52 yard field goal.
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Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals – University of Phoenix Stadium at 01:30
This weekend I am previewing the big Sunday night (Monday morning for us) match up, between NFC West divisional rivals.
Pete Carroll’s Seahawks travel to Arizona, to take on Bruce Arians and his Cardinals. These are two of the best teams in football and it should be a great game to watch.
The red birds have not started this season looking like the contenders that they were last year. They currently sit on a 3-3 record, if they lose this week, they will effectively be 3 games back in the division.
Although the .500 record does not look that bad on the face of it. The three teams they have beaten so far, have a combined record of just 4-13! Plus, the Cards also managed to lose at home against the low scoring LA Rams.
Seattle are a defence first team, perhaps the best D in the league right now, but they also have way more weapons on offence than the Rams.
Seattle seem to revel in slow starts, as this season they struggled badly against Miami and LA, ending with a 1-1 record after two weeks.
However, over the following three weeks they were able to get back into their stride on offence. Facing the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons, Russell Wilson’s offence has averaged an impressive 30 points.
They are not the strongest defences in the league, but it is not easy to score 30 points every week.
Neither team has found their best form yet, but with Seattle’s defence as strong as their Super Bowl winning team. They are always going to be extremely hard to beat, even on the road and especially for the Cardinals.
In the past three seasons, the Seahawks have won in Arizona by 36-6, 35-6 and 34-22. With Arians team struggling to find a winning formula on offence, reversing this trend seems unlikely at best.
Arizona’s ground attack is one of the best in the NFL, powered by David Johnson they rank in the top 10 in most key rushing metrics.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Seahawks rank in the top 3 for both Opp Yards per Rush and Opp Rush Yards per Game.
Carson Palmer and his passing attack has had to evolve this season, due to the regression of their deep passing threat.
The Seahawks famously won Super Bowl 48, thanks largely to their ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary and although the personnel has changed slightly, Richard Sherman and co are still one of the best secondary’s in football.
Add all this up and I think Seattle are a great bet to win on the road this weekend, plus they are getting two extra points on the spread, not that I think they will need them.
Handicap Betting Pick: Seattle Seahawks +2 at 1.88 (including OT) with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage
A bit pushed for time this week, but I have highlighted a few player rushing yard props (line dependent) I like for this weekend below.
McCoy (if fit)
Prices correct at the time of writing.