NFL PREVIEW AT YOUWAGER: SEAHAWKS VS. CARDINALS

Seattle Seahawks (5-1) at Arizona Cardinals (3-3)

Kickoff: Thursday, October 17th, at 8:25PM Eastern

Line: Seattle -6.5 Total: 40

Some enthusiastic sportsbook bettors are already calling the Seattle Seahawks contenders for the Lombardi Trophy. While it’s true that new head coach Pete Carroll has done well, rebuilding the Seahawks into one of the strongest teams in the NFL, their opponents this Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals, have shown some improvement in the 2013 NFL football wagering season, too. The Cards also have a new coach. YouWager’s football wagering fans will remember Bruce Arians as the man who took over for head coach Chuck Pagano to lead the Indianapolis Colts last season. Arians got a head coaching job out of his impressive season with the Colts, ending up in Arizona. But his Cardinals may not yet have the depth or talent to make it all the way into the postseason. Still, the Cards may make a valiant effort in front of a home crowd on Thursday when they host the Seattle Seahawks. The Cards have yet to be favored by online sportsbooks in a single game this year. They are posted as 6.5 underdogs at YouWager. The Cardinals have covered 6 of their last 7 home games against Seattle. In 8 of the last 9 matchups between these two teams, Arizona has gone over the total.

The Seattle Seahawks have some momentum, coming from a 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans, on the road. They are 5-1 straight up, and 4-2 against the spread for the season. Against the Titans, the Seahawks were behind by 3 points at halftime, but rallied to win the game. Seattle’s defense only allowed Titans quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, to throw for 171 yards with no touchdowns. The Titans didn’t have much luck on the ground, either. Seattle’s quarterback, Russell Wilson, did not pass for a touchdown as well. He did throw for 257 yards. Marshawn Lynch claimed 77 yards on the ground, 78 yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns. Seattle’s defense is ranked 2nd in the National Football League in total defense, and they are rated 10th in total offense.

The Arizona Cardinals come to this game after a tough, depressing loss to the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco was already leading 22-14 at the half. Arizona’s quarterback, Carson Palmer, threw for 298 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. But those 2 touchdowns were the only ones the team scored in the game. At the end, the 49ers buried the Cardinals, 32-20. It could be a different story on Thursday night. Arizona’s excellent secondary could be a challenge for Seattle’s successful air attack. Turnovers could help the Cards pull off an upset here. The Seahawks have the disadvantage of too much travel, too soon, and Arizona’s offense seems to be improving, as QB Carson Palmer learns how to connect with his receivers. This battle for the NFC West could easily come down to a field goal, late in the game.

The Seahawks have paid off in 6 of their last 7 games on the road. 7 of their last 9 games on the road have gone over the Total. At YouWager, the Seattle Seahawks are 6.5 favorites in this contest. The Total is 40. Game time on Thursday night is 8:25PM Eastern.

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