The NFL odds opened up in favor of Seattle at -10 ½, however I think Arizona might have some key value opening up if the health of their players is increasing.
Carson Palmer sprained his ankle this past week, however it is not of the high-ankle variety, and Palmer was able to practice this week, and he is expected to start at Seattle. Another guy who was injured last week for the Cards was Larry Fitzgerald, however he returned to practice the other day, and he too looks good to go when the Cards head into Seattle.
As long as those two play, I think the Cards have great value as +10 ½ underdogs. This is a divisional game, and when teams from the NFC West get together, it is normally a closer game. These two defenses are both very good, and both are very capable of slowing down the opposing team’s offense.
However the reason I like Arizona to cover here is their defense. It should go toe to toe with Seattle’s defense, and even though the game is being played in Seattle, the NFC West games have been pretty competitive for the most part this season.
Both teams have been very good so far this season. Over their last five games each, the Cards and Hawks are combined 9-0-1 ATS, however I see Seattle being a bit overvalued here, so we will back Arizona with our NFL picks.
My Pick: Cardinals +10 ½
The Raiders are another team that is a big underdog in the NFL odds, however I can’t take points with Oakland in this game. The Chargers are -10 favorites in the NFL Odds, and I am taking a stab at them this week. Oakland is only 1-10 SU in their last 11 road games dating back to last season, and they are only 2-8 SU in their last ten games playing in San Diego.
The Chargers’ running game and defense have both been playing better recently, and getting the Raiders at home should be no problem for this very hot offense. Not only is the Chargers’ offense rolling right now, but the Oakland defense is far from what they were when the season started, and I can’t see anyway Phillip Rivers doesn’t take advantage.
In their last three games, the Raiders have given up an average of 41 points per game, including over 50 points this past week. Teams are pouring it all over the Raiders, and the Chargers will be no different. The Raiders’ offense is not going to be able to match the Chargers, and -10 may seem like a bargain by the time this game is over and through with. I’m laying the points in this Sunday afternoon matchup.
My Pick: Chargers -10