The NFL betting spread favors the Seattle Seahawks over the Arizona Cardinals, and why wouldn’t they? After all, Russell Wilson has, like Kenny Rogers, eyes that see in the dark. Seattle is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six primetime games, compared to Arizona’s 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games following a win, while Wilson has a career 106.5 QB rating in primetime games and has 17 wins in 21 starts at night.
- Date: Thursday, 9th November
- Time: 8:30 PM
- Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium
- Sportsbook NFL odds:
Seahawks -6 (-115) 40½ (-110) -270
Cardinals +6 (-105) 40½ (-110) +222
While the Seahawks can see in the dark, the Cards may have to use protective eyewear or risk blindness by way of the ‘Hawks’ color rush uniforms, which makes them look like they’ve been exposed to dangerous amounts of plutonium.
Seattle’s defense can, additionally, make Arizona running back Adrian Peterson feel old, and not just by debilitating his eyesight. As a matter of fact, the Seahawks’ defense has helped keep the total under in three of their last four games, the last of which was a 14-17 SU and ATS loss to the Redskins on Sunday that they could have a hard time shaking off for the remainder of the season. Like receiver Doug Baldwin put it, “I don’t think they beat us; we beat ourselves,” referring to the team’s costly mistakes, including two interceptions and three missed field goals, among others. On the plus side, the Seahawks are 8-0 SU and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games following a loss as a favorite and 16-4-1 against the NFL betting spread in Russell Wilson’s 21 career prime-time starts.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
But in the case of Peterson, whom the Cards acquired from the Saints on October 10th, and not a minute to soon, following Carson Palmer’s injury, to keep the ball out of Drew Stanton’s hands, he needs only rely on his old, but still effective, tricks, and that’s exactly what the veteran has been doing, and what Arizona needs from him against the ‘Hawks. “It’s huge,” defensive tackle Corey Peters said of the TNF game. “Not just because of the division implications, but we’re 4-4 and we’ve been kind of hot and cold; win, lose; lose, win. So just for us to try to string some things together regardless of opponent, it’s just huge and we’ve got high expectations.” But the opponent does matter, though; the Cards have only defeated the Colts, the Bucs, and the Niners this season, three teams who combine for a 5-30 record, and Arizona has beaten them by a mere 21-point margin, which helps to explain why the total has gone over in just two Cardinals games this year. On the other hand, four of their losses have been by double digits, which explains as well their awful 6-2 against the NFL betting spread record this season. The Cards, in fact, didn’t know what it was like to cover until week 6.