Sunday, October 25, 2020, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, 4:05 p.m. ET
Seahawks at Cardinals Betting Preview: Seahawks (-3.5/-115), Cardinals (+3.5/-115)
The Seahawks, coming off their bye week, are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history. They’re 7-3 following byes in coach Pete Carroll’s decade-long tenure.
Quarterback Russell Wilson leads the league with 19 touchdown passes and a 129.8 quarterback rating. Wilson guided the Seahawks 94 yards in the final two minutes of their most recent game, a 27-26 victory against visiting Minnesota on Oct. 11, hitting DK Metcalf with a 6-yard scoring strike on fourth down with 15 seconds left.
All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, Seattle’s big offseason acquisition, has been out the past two games with a groin injury and missed practice time this week. The Seahawks are allowing 471.2 yards per game, which would shatter the NFL’s single-season record of 440.1 set by New Orleans in 2012. They’re also on pace for a league record with 370.4 passing yards against per game, a far cry from the “Legion of Boom” days.
The Cardinals (4-2) are working on a short week of rest after a 38-10 victory at Dallas on Monday night.
Quarterback Kyler Murray wasn’t especially effective in his return to his hometown, completing just 9 of 24 passes for 188 yards. But the versatile Murray threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another.
Receiver DeAndre Hopkins, acquired from Houston in the offseason, leads the league in catches (47) and receiving yards (601). He had just two receptions against the Cowboys, snapping a streak of 23 consecutive games with five or more catches.
The Cardinals’ success is largely attributable to their defense. Arizona ranks second in the league in points allowed per game (18.7) after finishing 28th last season.
Safety Budda Baker, who grew up in the Seattle area and starred at the University of Washington, was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week after having seven tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and his first career interception against Dallas, despite wearing a cast over his broken right thumb.
Seahawks at Cardinals Betting Pick for Week 7
The Cardinals won’t have All-Pro pass rusher Chandler Jones, who is out for the season after suffering a torn biceps. That will cause a lot more problems against Wilson than it did versus Dallas’ Andy Dalton, who was making his first start for the Cowboys after Dak Prescott’s ankle injury.
But how many times can Wilson make up for the Seahawks’ porous defense? Murray figures to be more accurate at home than in his Dallas homecoming.
Seahawks at Cardinals Betting Pick:
Cardinals 31, Seahawks 30
Seahawks at Cardinals Best Bet for Week 7
Even if Seattle manages to pull out a road victory, it should be close. Each of the Seahawks’ past four games have been decided by eight points or less.
The Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak to Seattle with a 27-13 road victory last December when Kenyan Drake rushed for 166 yards and two TDs.
Seahawks at Cardinals Best Bet: Cardinals PLUS 3.5 points