Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Betting Preview
09 January 2022
— Sunday, January 09th Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals
Week 18 is reserved for divisional rivalry games, and that’s exactly what will be taking place in Arizona. The Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon, and this game is extremely important for the home team.
This has not been a fun season for the Seahawks as they enter Week 18 with a record of just 6-10. Seattle did pick up a blowout win over Detroit in Week 17, and this is a proud franchise that will want to finish the season strong.
Arizona still has a chance to win the NFC West Division, but they are going to need some help. The Cardinals have gone 11-5 on the year but just recently suffered three straight losses to kill the momentum.
The Arizona Cardinals are 6.5-point betting favorites over the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson Must Lead Seattle
Injuries have played a key role in the disappointing season for Seattle up to this point, and quarterback Russell Wilson has missed some time. Wilson is back under center, and he is going to have to have a big game if the Seahawks are going to win this one.
Seattle is scoring just 22 points per game this season, and they are averaging just 223 passing yards per game. The Seahawks are facing a dominant defensive front, and giving Wilson time to operate will be a big key.
The Seattle defense is going to give up some points, but it has to find a way to get pressure on Kyler Murray. The Seahawks simply don’t have the weapons to beat the Cardinals in a shootout.
Cardinals Finding Offensive Balance
Arizona is averaging 273 passing yards and 122 rushing yards per game this season, and they continue to be a tough team to defend. Quarterback Kyler Murray has thrown for over 3,500 yards this season, but he is also able to make some big plays with his legs.
Christian Kirk has emerged as the top receiving weapon for the Cardinals, racking up 939 receiving yards. The Cardinals are a team that has plenty of offensive weapons, and they are going to play fast in this game.
Arizona will give up some big plays in the secondary, but they can also shut down a drive in a hurry. The Cardinals are allowing just 20.5 points per game and held the Dallas Cowboys to just 22 in their most recent win.
Cardinals Cruise in Season Finale
Seattle is not used to playing the role of spoiler, but that is exactly what they will be in this game. The Seahawks do have a team that is capable of pulling off this upset, but they would have to play their best game of the season.
Arizona has been struggling in the second half of the season, and they need to find a way to build up some momentum for the postseason. The Cardinals should be able to have a big day of offense in this one, and the defense will set the tone early with some stops.
The brutal season for Seattle is going to end in a loss as the Arizona Cardinals win in Week 18. Bet the Arizona Cardinals -6.5 as the home team picks up a double-digit win on Sunday.
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