Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals – Sunday, Dec. 21
Current BAS’ Line: Seahawks -7 1/2 and the Total is 36
The NFL has scheduled quite of few exciting divisional tilts in its Sunday Night Football schedule this year and it saved one of the best for last in this week’s NFC West battle between the 10-4 Seattle Seahawks and the 11-3 Arizona Cardinals. BetAnySports has opened the Seahawks as 8.5-point road favorites and the NFL betting odds for the total have been set at 38.
The defending Super Bowl champs head on the road in Week 16 with an impressive 7-1 straight-up record in their last eight games that includes a profitable 5-1 run against the spread in their last six outings. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing 38.5-point line in last Sunday’s key 17-7 victory over San Francisco as nine-point home favorites and it has now stayed UNDER in the Seahawks last four games.
Defense has been the primary reason for Seattle’s success the past few seasons and that has once again been the case during its current run. This unit is currently ranked first in the NFL in total yards allowed (272.4) and it is ranked second in points allowed; giving-up an average of 17.3 a game.
Arizona actually got hot at the end of last season to post 10 SU wins on the year. It has been able to carry that success into the final two weeks of this year’s regular season, despite numerous crippling injuries, especially at the quarterback position. The latest casualty was Drew Stanton with a knee injury in last Thursday night’s 12-6 grinder over St. Louis as a 4.5-point road underdog. It looks like Ryan Lindley will get the call on Sunday night against Seattle.
It really does not matter who is under center for the Cardinals in this game as they are going to win or lose based on the play of their highly rated defense. This unit is ranked 14th in the NFL in yards allowed (350.0), but where is counts the most it remains a close second to Seattle with an average of just 17.4 points allowed.
BetAnySports set the betting odds on the total about as low as it goes in the NFL this season, but at 38 that is still high enough for me to go with the UNDER in this game. This one will be a defensive slugfest that is ultimately decided by the kickers.