Make Underdog Cardinals +9 Your Pick vs. Seahawks

Jeff Grant

Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:59 PM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 4:59 PM GMT

In what figures to be a game that’s decided in the fourth quarter, Arizona’s defense will do enough to cover the number as a home underdog against Seattle Sunday.

Red Hot
Seattle has won seven of its last eight games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the Week 16 NFL oddss, as it has also out-gained its last nine opponents since a 30-23 setback to Dallas as 10-point home favorites on Oct. 12.

The Seahawks are flying around the field defensively, as they enter surrendering a league-low 272.1 yards per game, while registering 16 quarterback sacks in their last four affairs.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 11-6 SUATS versus NFC West opponents, with the UNDER going 12-5 in that situation.

 

Unfortunate Circumstances
Arizona was considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender with Carson Palmer under center, which is important to consider when making your NFL predictions, as it prepares to play its biggest game of the season with No. 3 signal-caller Ryan Lindley backed up by Logan Thomas.

The former San Diego State Aztecs star has ended up on the losing end in three of his four professional starts—throwing no touchdowns and seven interceptions.

It’s important to point out that the squad is 7-2 SUATS as underdogs this season, with the UNDER going 7-1-1 in those nine opportunities.

 

Wilson Is the Key
The Seahawks hold a major edge over most teams in the league at the quarterback position, as Russell Wilson has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,897 yards and 18 touchdowns with six interceptions, while also accounting for 754 yards on the ground.

Wilson’s dual-threat ability makes him dangerous on every play, but Arizona’s stop unit has done a great job in confusing him with its blitz packages, which is the key factor to handicap in this contest.

 

Final 15 Minutes
The Cardinals simply want to make this a fourth quarter game in hopes of clinching the division, as their defense leads the league in allowing just 43 points over the final 15 minutes of play this season.

Arizona should reap the benefits of having three extra days of rest and prep time in hopes of finishing the year with a perfect 8-0 record at University of Phoenix Stadium, as it looks to add on to its total of causing 14 turnovers in the final quarter of action.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals as one of their against-the-spread NFL picks, as the home team has covered the number in five of the last seven installments of this series.

Free NFL Pick:  Arizona Cardinals +9 at Bovada

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