Seattle Vs Arizona Sunday Night Football ATS PickNoah Williams
An eight-point home underdog.
The number one seed.
With 11 wins.
Against the 5th seed.
Welcome to the new NFL.
In week 16, the current #1 seed, the Arizona Cardinals are 8 point underdogs at home when they play host to the defending Super Bowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks. With playoff positions, home field advantage and first week byes on the line, there is plenty to play for making this an NFL must bet game.
Arizona is currently the No. 1 seed in the NFC. If they lose Sunday Night vs Seattle, they would drop all the way to the No. 6 seed.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 17, 2014
Matchup: Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Stadium: U of Phoenix Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Radio: Seattle Vs Arizona
Point Spread: Seahawks -8
Game Total: 36.5
Analyzing My Seattle Vs Arizona Sunday Night Football ATS Pick
Why are the Seahawks such towering favorites away from home against the Cards? With Carson Palmer out for the season, Cardinals head-coach Bruce Arians ruled out backup Drew Stanton and will start unknown Ryan Lindley at QB.
Arizona’s 12-6 win at St. Louis last Sunday, combined with other results, clinched the team’s first playoff appearance since 2009. A victory over the Seahawks would give the Cardinals (11-3) a franchise record for wins along with home field, which would mean three potential postseason games at University of Phoenix Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLIX.
"Knowing that we’re in, there’s some comfort," coach Bruce Arians said. "But knowing that’s at stake, we don’t want to travel to play."
Arizona is 7-0 at home for its highest home victory total since 1925. A perfect season in Glendale, though, will have to be completed with Lindley – 1-3 with no touchdowns and seven interceptions in four career starts – at the helm.
Lindley gets the nod over rookie Logan Thomas, who Arians said could also be used in a different package. Lindley was 4 of 10 for 30 yards while filling in against St. Louis after Drew Stanton suffered a sprained right knee.
Stanton, who was making his eighth start in place of Carson Palmer, is expected to be out two to four weeks.
The Arizona Cardinals lead the division and the conference with an 11-3 record after beating the Rams 12-6 in last week’s Thursday Night Football matchup, but losing their second string QB Drew Stanton with a right knee injury. QB Ryan Lindley will go as the starter until Stanton is ready to go back on the field; Lindley has a 1-3 record as a starter and his last start was back in 2012, in a 28-13 loss to the Chicago Bears.
“He’s a really cerebral young man, he’s been in the league for over three [years] and he works hard, extremely hard in the offseason,” WR Larry Fitzgerald said during an interview on NFL Network. “We actually train together and he’s a student of the game, really focused. … We really believe in Ryan; he can make all the throws. We just got to protect him, make some plays for him outside, run the ball. We’re going to be just fine.”
Winners of eight out of their last 10 games, the Arizona Cardinals have the 15th ranked passing and 28th ranked rushing offense which should’t be surprising with starting their starters at QB and RB out for the season.
WR duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd have combined for more than 1,300 receiving yards and six touchdowns while newcomer John Brown has four of his 41 catches in his last three games. The Cardinals ground game is averaging 3.3 yards per carry. Team leading rusher Andre Ellington, who leads the way with 660 rushing yards and three touchdowns, is out for the season leaving inexperienced Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams to carry the ball.
The Cards D is why this team has been winning. They are allowing 17.4 points, 350 yards, and they’ve forced 33 sacks and 25 turnovers. Rashad Johnson leads Arizona with 81 tackles and Calais Campbell has seven sacks.
With their playoff futures on the line, Arizona will face the Seattle Seahawks defense which is ranked tops in the league in total defense that has allowed 27 points overall in the last four weeks, 6.5 points per game.
— PFTonNBCSN (@PFTonNBCSN) December 19, 2014
The Seahawks are one of the hottest teams in the league with seven wins in the last eight games, four in a row. Seattle could finish with the number one seed in the NFC if they win the last two games of the season, against Arizona and the St. Louis Rams.
"I don’t care about that stuff right now," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "We have two more games to play and we have one more game that’s at hand right now. That’s all we got. The rest of it doesn’t matter."
The Seahawks dominated the Cards in Week 12, winning 19-3. Over their last four games, they are plus-52 in point differential, having allowed only a single touchdown each to the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers previously.
The Seahawks offense is the second from the bottom in the league at passing the ball, but balanced by the best rushing attack in the NFL with a combination of Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch and QB Russell Wilson who are averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Lynch has 1133 yards with 10 TDs this season followed by Wilson, who has 754 rushing yards, & 5 TDs. Arizona owns the 6th best rushing defense in the NFL and should be a great test for the Seahawks rushing attack.
Wilson is completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wilson has four total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and the Seahawks have 43 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Luke Willson has five of his 17 receptions in his last three games.
Defensively, the Seattle Seahawks are allowing 17.3 points, 272.4 yards, and they’ve forced 29 sacks and 20 turnovers. K.J. Wright leads Seattle with 96 tackles and Byron Maxwell has 10 pass deflections.
Head coaches Pete Carroll and Bruce Arians have met three times, with Carroll leading the series 2-1 and winning the only game they have played in Arizona.
— PFTonNBCSN (@PFTonNBCSN) December 17, 2014
The Seahawks are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 20-7-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 road games.
The Cardinals are 5-2 ATS in their last seven vs. NFC West, but 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 150 yards passing in their previous game.