- The Seattle Seahawks put their perfect 5-0 record on the line as they visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football
- SNF betting record: 1-0 ML; 1-4 ATS; 2-3-1 Totals; -3.04 units
- We’ve got you covered with all the odds and trends ahead of Sunday night’s clash at State Farm Stadium
All eyes will be on the quarterbacks as the Seattle Seahawks visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football as 3.5-point favorites in the NFL Week 7 odds.
Veteran pivot Russell Wilson has powered the Seahawks to an impressive 5-0 start with a league-leading 19 touchdown passes, while passer Kyler Murray has been pivotal in Arizona’s return to respectability, tallying a combined 16 scoring passes and runs.
Weather is not expected to be a factor in this critical matchup between these two NFC West rivals, with warm temperatures and clearing skies in the forecast for a schedule 8:20pm ET game time at State Farm Stadium.
Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals Odds
|Seattle Seahawks||-3.5 (-110)||-190||O 54 (-110)|
|Arizona Cardinals||+3.5 (-110)||+160||U 54 (+110)|
*Odds taken from FanDuel on 10/25/2020.
Total Dips With Recent Trends
The betting line has remained stable since opening with the Seahawks favored by 3.5 points. There has been some slight movement in the total, which has dipped to 54 after opening at 56.5. Recent dates between these two teams have tended to be relatively low-scoring affairs, with the total topping 50 just three times in their past 13 overall matchups. That trend also extends to their four previous clashes in the desert in prime time, with the total topping 41 just once during that stretch.
With these teams sporting two of the NFL’s potent offenses, sports bettors may be inclined to go with the OVER on Sunday night. However, the trends suggest otherwise. While the Seahawks have racked up a league-leading 33.8 points per game to date, it has been the UNDER that has prevailed in their past two outings, ending a season-opening 3-0 run for the OVER. The Seattle defense has also slammed the door on opponents in recent outings coming off a bye, with the Seahawks marching to SU and ATS wins in each of their past three while surrendering just 10 points per game in those contests.
The Cardinals' defense has allowed just two total TDs in the last two games (1 at NYJ; 1 at Dal). It marks just the second time in the last 16 seasons (2005-20) that Arizona allowed one TD or fewer in back-to-back road games: Games 12-13 in 2015.
— Bob McManaman (@azbobbymac) October 20, 2020
The Cardinals have run up the score in each of the past two weeks, tallying an average of 34 points per game in lopsided victories over the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. But with Arizona sporting the NFL’s second-ranked defense, which has surrendered just 18.7 points per game, it has been the UNDER that has regularly paid out, going a perfect 6-0 so far this season.
Cards Defense Faces Toughest Test to Date
Sunday’s matchup is likely to be the toughest test of the season so far for the Cardinals’ defense. Arizona has taken full advantage of a favorable schedule. The team has avoided matchups with elite passers, with their two recent outstanding defensive performances coming against veterans QB’s Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton.
Chandler Jones is the biggest star no one seems to talk about. https://t.co/Eazs6UH2mA
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) October 19, 2020
Indeed, the Cardinals limited Flacco and Dalton to a combined 409 passing yards and just two scores. But with pass rusher Chandler Jones lost for the season due to injury, containing Russell Wilson could be an enormous task.
Carson Poised for Big Night
Two of Wilson’s biggest performances of the season have come on the road, averaging 341 passing yards and tossing six total TD passes in wins in Atlanta and Miami. And while receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett account for almost half his targets, Wilson has also made effective use of his running backs.
Chris Carson 29-yard touchdown run to cap off the Seahawks 21-0 run in 1:53. Beast Mode. pic.twitter.com/MuAdl9T99d
— Jimmy Clarke (@JimmyClarke__) October 12, 2020
Chris Carson has steadily produced, catching 21 of 23 pass attempts for 140 yards so far this season, and running for three scores over the past two games. In addition to being a solid -140 bet to score at least once on Sunday night, Carson is worthy of consideration as a -110 bet to top 60.5 rushing yards.
Hopkins Battling Injury
Conversely, questions linger over the health of Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is expected to be available on Sunday night despite battling a nagging ankle injury that has plagued him all season. Hopkins has enjoyed a spectacular debut in the desert, racking up a league-leading 601 receiving yards.
This 60-yard reception by #AZCardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins gave him 73 receiving yards for the game on two catches and eight targets.
Needs three more catches to extend his streak of five catches in a game.
— Mason Kern (@MasonKernMedia) October 20, 2020
But after making just two catches in last week’s win in Dallas, and now facing a Seattle pass defense that has showed steady improvement over the past two weeks, Hopkins has emerged as a surprising +1200 bet to make no catches on Sunday night.
Best Bets: Seahawks -3.5 (-110); UNDER 54 (-110)
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