NFL Week 7 Predictions & Picks - Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

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Friday, October 21, 2016 11:51 PM GMT

With both Seattle and Arizona back on track, the Sunday Night Football showdown at University of Phoenix Stadium should live up to the hype. But where is the value NFL pick to be had? 

Seattle Seahawks (4-1, 1-1 away)

Seattle Seahawks righted the ship since a week 2 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams. Bouncing back with a 37-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers, a 27-17 win over the NY Jets and a 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons, the Seahawks are atop the NFC West standings with a 4-1 SU record and one win ahead of the 3-3 SU Rams and Cardinals. That very proximity in the table makes this a pivotal clash in the title race, never mind the playoffs.

As it is, the Seahawks are nominal road underdogs on the NFL odds board. Hanging on +2 with most top-rated sportsbooks such as Bookmaker and BetOnline to name a few. 

It’s not often the Seahawks are at the disadvantage especially when they are riding a two-game winning streak into week 7 of the NFL betting season. Guess bookmakers saw something very positive in Arizona’s win over the NY Jets in MNF to install the hosts as the -2 home chalk.

It’s worth pointing out the juice which in several cases is reduced to -105 for the Cards while the Seahawks are hanging on +2 (-115). That’s largely down to public betting triggers that have bet up the Seahawks to -115 (61.5% of tickets taken) according to SBR Consensus Betting Polls. 

What’s also interesting is that those tickets coincide with a significant share of the money – at the time of writing 89.94% of the amount wagered has gone towards the Seahawks,

Clearly, the public is betting against the market on this game. So are they on to something? Are the Seahawks the smart play for your week 7 NFL picks?

There’s an argument to be had that the Cardinals aren’t playing up to their potential and wins over the Bucs, Niners and Jets (all horrendous so far with just four wins in a total of 17 games played) don’t count. Essentially, those are not a ringing endorsement of Arizona’s NFL odds, even when the Cards are laying just two measly points.

Put it another way, an opening loss to the New England Patriots without Tom Brady, a blowout loss to the Bills on the road and a narrow defeat to the Rams say more about the Cardinals than the wins over hapless teams do.

Then there is the fact the Seahawks have owned this rivalry in five of the last seven meetings and they are 8-5-1 ATS against divisional opponents since 2014 with a 10.2 winning margin and +3.6 differential versus the spread.

When it comes to winning important games or simply winning ugly, no team does it better than the tried and tested Seattle Seahawks. They’re not without their issues this season either – you could say they haven’t played up to their full potential yet as well. Notorious slow starters they are. And don’t they typically start to get into their groove at this point of the season?

 

Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals

Whichever way you slice this matchup, both teams haven’t played to full potential. That said the difference is the Cards have shown worrying signs that all is not right and a win over the Jets last MNF doesn’t do much to assuage these concerns. As such, it’s hard to look beyond the Seahawks for our week 7 NFL picks and the tempting points begging for a tickle.

 

Free NFL Picks: Seahawks +2 (-110) Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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