Seattle Seahawks vs. +7 Arizona Cardinals: NFL PIcks

Joe Catalano

Thursday, October 17, 2013 2:43 PM GMT

The NFC West Division leading Seattle Seahawks (5-1) and quarterback Russell Wilson visit the desert to take on Carson Palmer and the 3-3 Arizona Cardinals. Can the Cards knock off the road favorite?

Odds Makers are giving the Seahawks a tremendous amount of respect as they’re a 7 point betting favorite on the road and the total for the game is listed 40. Right off the bat, the odds seem a bit high as the Seahawks and superstar running back Marshawn Lynch do most of their dirty work at home. Are the Cards the sports pick in this spot ?

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Can Arizona Stop Wilson and Lynch

It’s commonly known that Marshawn Lynch is a much better running back at home than on the road, but Lynch at 75% is better than most of the running backs of the league. Seattle ranks 2nd in the league in rushing with Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson as their two key figures.

Lynch is coming off of an overall monster game in which he rushed for 77 yards and 2 TD’s and caught 4 passes for 78 yards and another touchdown. He will be Arizona’s primary focus on the defensive end in which the Cardinals excel against the rush; they’re 5th in the NFL against the rush.

Quarterback Russell Wilson will be another player for the Arizona defense to contend with because he could not only beat teams through the air, he can also beat them with his mobility as an undersized quarterback. Thus far this season, Wilson has rushed for 287 yards. Wilson has already proven to be a great draft pick last season and with his durability, he appears to be a pick than Robert Griffin III. Seattle has a bright future ahead of them; they just need to get Wilson a few more targets to throw the football to on the offensive end.

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Carson’s Place

Even though they’re only 3-3 on the season, Arizona appears to be a good fit for veteran quarterback Carson Palmer. Much was expected from Palmer in the past and he hasn’t been able to break the stigma of quarterbacks that come out of USC, not being successful. That said, Palmer can put up numbers if the proper players are in place and this season the Cardinals drafted Michael Floyd out of Notre Dame and Floyd has potential to be a very good receiver in this league. Palmer has two legitimate receivers in superstar Larry Fitzgerald along with Floyd.

Fitzgerald has really never had a capable quarterback to get him the ball since Kurt Warner, but with Palmer on the scene, this has changed.  On the season, Fitzgerald has caught for 405 yards and 5 TD’s and in his last game, a 32-20 loss against San Francisco, Fitzgerald caught 6 balls for 117 yards and 1 TD.

The question will be “How effective will the Cardinals passing game be?” The Seahawks have one of the better defenses in the league and are 2nd against the pass in the NFL.

With both teams bread and butter playing towards the opposing teams’ strength defensively how will this go? Will we see a low scoring defensive battle or will Wilson and Palmer bring their A-game on a nationally televised game with great importance placed upon it?

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Outcome

Seattle can still win this game, but no matter how you slice it, 7 point is too much to be giving on the road against a capable Cardinals team with veteran leadership.

NFL Pick: Arizona Cardinals +7 at Bet 365