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2020-10-26
Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals
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Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks Prediction & Preview


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#467 Seattle
Seahawks -3
 
#468 Arizona
Cardinals 3

Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 8:20pm

 

It's an NFC West battle on the gridiron in the Valley of the Sun. The undefeated Seattle Seahawks are on the road as they battle the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night. This game was originally scheduled for a 4:05 pm ET slot but was moved to prime time after a rash of COVID-19 positive tests for the Raiders. That shuffled the Tampa Bay/Las Vegas game out of the 8:20 pm ET start in a move the league announced was "made out of an abundance of caution in order to guarantee that fans would have a Sunday night game to enjoy."

 

This game has been moved to Sunday night, while the Tampa Bay/Las Vegas game was moved to the afternoon. 

(Injury reports and line movements are updated as of Saturday afternoon.)

Line movements: There hasn't been a ton of movement on the line in this contest. After originally opening as a 3.5-point favorite, the Seahawks now sit at that same -3.5 mark at most sportsbooks. 64 percent of the bets are backing the Seahawks giving the points.

The total was originally set at 54.5 points and has trended up slightly as it can be found at 55 or 55.5 points, depending on the sportsbook. 57 percent of the bets for this contest are expecting this contest to fall under the total.

Game-time Weather: State Farm Stadium is a retractable-roof stadium.

 

Seahawks Still Perfect

Things couldn't be going much better for the Seattle Seahawks in 2020, as they are the only undefeated team left in the NFC. Seattle's coaching staff pledged to put the ball in Russell Wilson's hands more and that's what they've done so far, with incredible results. Wilson is the clear MVP favorite, and now that they aren't running a conservative run-first system the offense has unlocked a new gear. D.K. Metcalf looks like a true star in the making and has been one of the best receivers in the league.

 

The defense has been an issue at times, but I think that's more a result of playing a bunch of tough offenses than anything else, and I'm not reading too much into it. They're quietly allowing only 3.9 yards per carry on the ground, a figure which ranks seventh in the league. This defense isn't the disastrous unit some have made it out to be, and I think they'll only trend upward from here on out. The real story of this team though is the offense, and they've scored at least 27 points in all five games. Wilson is lethal when he has time to throw, and now he's getting to face a Cardinals defense that is without one of the best pass-rushers in the league in Chandler Jones after he tore his biceps. Russ is averaging an absurd 8.9 yards per attempt with 19 touchdowns through five games, and I don't see him slowing down any time soon.

Injury Report:

OUT: S Jamal Adams, S Marquise Blair, RB Patrick Carr, WR Philip Dorsett II, WR Josh Gordon, DE Rasheem Green, G Phil Haynes, LB Bruce Irvin, DE Branden Jackson, RB Rashaad Penny, DE Darrell Taylor, CB Neiko Thorpe, G Chance Warmack

Questionable: T Duane Brown, CB Quinton Dunbar, G Mike Iupati, TE Colby Parkinson, CB D.J. Reed, DT Anthony Rush

 

Cardinals Start 4-2

There was a lot of hype around this Arizona Cardinals team this offseason after they pulled off a coup by trading for DeAndre Hopkins for virtually nothing. It's often hard to live up to offseason excitement in the NFL, but Kliff Kingsbury's team has managed to do it so far. They've raced out to a 4-2 record, and are in the thick of the playoff picture in the NFC. All that being said, there are plenty of reasons for skepticism despite the fast start. Their last three wins have come against Washington, the Jets, and the Cowboys, teams with a combined record of 3-15. They've played an incredibly soft schedule, and in their two recent games against somewhat competent teams, they lost to the Lions and Panthers.

 

Kyler Murray hasn't been all that efficient, especially when he's gone against teams with a pulse, and he has six interceptions already. Their defensive metrics look good overall, but again those numbers are misleading because of the competition. I'm not giving them too much credit for shutting down Andy Dalton in his first game after Dak Prescott's devastating injury. When they played Detroit and Carolina, they gave up at least 26 points each time, and it's not like those are elite units either. Now they're getting by far their toughest test of the season, and I don't see any way they slow down Wilson. Their only hope is that Murray can keep up.

Injury Report:

OUT: CB Robert Alford, OL Marcus Gilbert, LB Chandler Jones, DT Rashard Lawrence, OL J.R. Sweezy, TE Maxx Williams

Questionable: T Kelvin Beachum, LB Kylie Fitts, LB Dennis Gardeck, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, DT Jordan Phillips, S Jalen Thompson



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