The Arizona Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. Seattle has not covered in either of the past two weeks. That might not be huge news in the football betting world, but over the past two plus seasons, the Seahawks have done quite well covering.
Since the start of the 2011 season, including preseason, regular season and the playoffs, Seattle is 38-13-1 ATS, which is a 74% rate of ATS success. Therefore, when two straight weeks go by with the Seahawks not covering it is a big deal.
Nonetheless, that does not mean there are any real problems with the team, which is currently in first place in the NFC West at 5-1.
Over the short team, a loss against the spread or two is not going to change the minds of bettors about Seattle. As long as Seattle can continue to win outright, they will most likely be given status by odds makers as favorites.
For their game Thursday, the Seahawks are favored on books such as Bovada, sportsbook.com and topbet by 6.5 points.
At some books such as betonline, close to 80% of the handle for the spread were on Seattle and some books are even thinking the line will hop up to 7 points.
The total points figure at this time on Bovada is 40.5. Many of the parlays being played on this matchup have a side and the OVER.
On some books, Seattle opened on Sunday with a 4.5-point spread and that has been bet up to the current 6.5.
Seattle split their two meetings with Arizona last season. The Seahawks opened last season with a loss on the road in Arizona, but routed the Cardinals in Seattle 58-0 in the second game.
The rushing game is still the Seahawks strong point on offense, with Marshawn Lynch fourth in the league with 487 yards and five touchdowns. His brute force helps to wear down defenses.
Lynch is nursing a sore hip and did not practice Tuesday or Wednesday. However, the Seattle backups Christine Michael and Robert Turbin are very capable if called upon.
Seattle is 4-2 ATS in games against Arizona since Pete Carroll started as the head coach. Both of the losses ATS were also outright losses to the Cardinals.
Carson Palmer has thrown more than one interception for Arizona in four straight games. He cannot afford even one against the Seahawks.
Seattle owns the league’s best secondary with Richard Sherman at cornerback and Earl Thomas at free safety leading the way.
Pick: I like Seattle SU and Arizona ATS. The total will end OVER with a 24-21 Seattle victory.