Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals - 12/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Cardinals (7-8) at Seattle Seahawks (9-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:25 pm (CenturyLink Field)
The Line: Seattle Seahawks -9 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks meet Sunday in NFL action at CenturyLink Field.
The Arizona Cardinals look to play spoiler while winning at least eight games for the fifth time in the last seven years. The Arizona Cardinals have lost four of their last five road games. Drew Stanton is completing 51.2 percent of his passes for 749 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Stanton has two touchdown passes in two of his last three games. Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson have combined for 1,591 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Jaron Brown has 30 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 84.7 yards per contest, and Adrian Peterson leads the way with 448 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 22.5 points and 311.9 yards per game. Karlos Dansby leads the Arizona Cardinals with 89 tackles, Chandler Jones has 15 sacks and Antoine Bethea has five interceptions.
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The Seattle Seahawks need a victory here to have any chance of sneaking into the NFC playoffs. The Seattle Seahawks have lost three of their last four home games. Russell Wilson is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,762 yards, 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Wilson has two or more touchdown passes in nine of his last 10 games. Doug Baldwin and Paul Richardson have combined for 1,604 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Tyler Lockett has 42 receptions. The Seattle Seahawks ground game is averaging 101.9 yards per contest, and Wilson leads the way with 550 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Seattle is allowing 20.4 points and 327.5 yards per game. Bobby Wagner leads the Seattle Seahawks with 130 tackles, Michael Bennett has 8.5 sacks and Earl Thomas has two interceptions.
The Cardinals are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC West and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NFC. The Seahawks are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games in December, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. The road team is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the underdog is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Arizona Cardinals have a history of playing the Seattle Seahawks tough, and this is a chance for them to prevent their division rival from going to the playoffs. A win here doesn't make Arizona's season a success, but it does kind of take that edge off and ends things on a high note. Not happening, though. The Seattle Seahawks defense is finding ways to get stops lately despite all their inuries, and they've allowed 13 or less points in three of their last five games. The Arizona Cardinals aren't nearly the same team on the road as they are at home, and they've been able to beat up on a lot of subpar teams down the stretch. At home, with a playoff possiblity on the line, the Seahawks are too experienced and well coached enough to cruise in this big spot like they usually do. I'll take the Seahawks by double digits.