- The Seattle Seahawks open as 3.5-point home favorites over the Arizona Cardinals in the Week 11 TNF game
- Seattle has lost two games in a row to drop to 6-3 on the season
- Read below for opening odds analysis and a prediction on which way the line will move ahead of kickoff
As he readies to face the Seattle Seahawks with the NFC West Division lead on the line, oddsmakers are going all Shania Twain on the Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Kyler Murray.
Sunday, Murray hit DeAndre Hopkins for a 43-yard touchdown with just two seconds left in regulation. That earned the 6-3 Cardinals a 32-30 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
The response of those tasked with setting the betting line on the Week 11 edition of Thursday Night Football between the 6-3 Seahawks and Cardinals?
That didn’t impress them much.
Seattle opens as the 3.5-point home favorite. The Seahawks are reeling, losers of two straight.
Cardinals vs Seahawks Opening Odds
|Arizona Cardinals||+155||+3.5 (-110)||O 56.5 (-110)|
|Seattle Seahawks||-195||-3.5 (-110)||U 56.5 (-110)|
Odds taken Nov. 15th at DraftKings.
Thursday’s forecast at CenturyLink Field for the 8:20pm EST kickoff is cloudy and 48 degrees, with a 6 mph wind.
Should the last-second touchdown pass be renamed? Is it a Hail Mary, or a Hail Murray?
With 11 seconds on the clock and the ball at the Buffalo 43, Murray rolled out. He heaved a desperation toss toward the end zone. Hopkins leapt between three Bills defenders and miraculously pulled it in.
— NFL (@NFL) November 16, 2020
Arizona rallied from a 23-9 deficit in a game that saw four lead changes. In doing so, Arizona’s NFL-leading offense displayed its versatility.
Murray ran for two TD. Kenyan Drake rushed for 100 yards. Hopkins was on the end of 127 yards in receptions.
It was the fifth Cardinals game this season – and third in a row – to be decided by four points or less.
There’s now a three-way tie atop the NFC West. Seattle lost 23-16 to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. LA is also 6-3 on the season.
It’s the second successive loss for the slumping Seahawks. They’ve lost three out of four after opening the season 5-0. Their running game has vanished. Seattle’s defense is the worst in the NFL.
For the first time in his career, Russell Wilson has had back-to-back games with 3+ turnovers. pic.twitter.com/EOPjI5tIQK
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 16, 2020
Quarterback Russell Wilson, not so long ago a virtual lock for the NFL MVP, is suddenly a menace to his own team.
Wilson has turned the ball over 10 times over this 1-3 skid, and on seven occasions through the last two losses.
When the Cardinals beat Seattle 37-34 in Week 7, they picked off Wilson three times.
Much was made of Wilson’s 32-8 record following a loss heading into the Rams game. Make it 32-9 after a loss.
Arizona Living Large In Seattle
The Cardinals haven’t swept the season series from the Seahawks since 2012. Then again, no visiting team wins at CenturyLink Field like the Cardinals do.
Arizona won 27-13 at Seattle last season. In fact, the Cardinals have won straight up in four of their last five trips to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seahawks. Since 2013, they’re 5-2 at Seattle.
KYLER MURRAY IS UNFAIR 😱
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 15, 2020
The Cardinals are also 5-1 against the spread in their last six games when facing the Seahawks. As well, they’re 5-0 ATS in their last five road meetings with Seattle.
Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last five games. Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last five games. The Cards just beat the same Buffalo team that made mincemeat out of the Seahawks a week earlier.
Watching the Seahawks defense is like watching the Mariners pitch to Mike Trout on repeat.
— Mike Salk, 710 ESPN (@TheMikeSalk) November 15, 2020
Giving the Cardinals 3.5 points in this scenario seems like . . . well, a gift. Logically, there figures to be a lot of money wagered on Murray and Arizona for this game.
Expect the betting line on the Seahawks to shorten because of that.