The NFC West has the team with the best record in the NFL, but it is surprisingly not the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, but the Arizona Cardinals.
The two will meet at CenturyLink Field on Sunday in a key game for both NFC West rivals.
Arizona is 9-1 SU and 8-2 against the spread and will be looking for its seventh consecutive win SU and ATS. However, it will not come easy playing at Seattle.
The Seahawks are 6-4 SU and 4-6 against the number.
Despite losing Carson Palmer their starting quarterback to an ACL tear, Arizona has defeated St. Louis behind replacement Drew Stanton and beat Detroit last week 14-6.
This season Stanton is 4-1 with 5 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions.
According to Bovada and betonline, Arizona and Kansas City are tied with the best record ATS in the NFL.
Seattle is easily more desperate than Arizona to win. Last weekend the Seahawks lost to Kansas City 24-20, in a game they failed to convert on three fourth downs conversion attempts, which proved to be devastating to the team. The Seahawks have covered only 1 of their past six games.
Last December, Arizona won its last game played at CenturyLink Field 17-10.
According to topbet and sportsbook.com, Seattle is favored at home by 7 points with the point total at just 41.5.
Important Trends to Follow
- The team at home is 11-5 ATS over the past 16 games played between Arizona and Seattle.
- Seattle is 15-6 against the number in its past 21 games played versus teams with a winning record.
- Arizona is 7-1 against the number in its past 8 games on the road.
- The OVER has cashed in 17 of the past 22 games Seattle has played during November.
Seattle has been plagued this week with controversy after Marshawn Lynch the starting tailback did not return to the team’s locker rooms during halftime in last weekend’s loss to Kansas City.
He is on track to run for his second highest total as a Seahawk and is playing with and injured calf and ribs. However, with his contract dispute during the offseason and his decision last week to remain on the sideline at halftime, the team has been distracted this week preparing for Arizona.
Arizona’s defense is carrying the club. Some football analysts feel the Cardinals secondary is the best in the league. Arizona is No. 3 in points allowed at 17.5 and rushing yards given up at 80.6 per game. In takeaways, Arizona is No. 5 with 20.
Some experts say Arizona is overrated and are not as good as their record, while others say the same about Seattle.
I like Seattle at home straight up, but Arizona to cover the points in a 21-17 final.