The NFL’s Week 11 slate gets underway with a pivotal matchup in the NFC West. The Arizona Cardinals (6-3) will be in Seattle for a showdown with the Seahawks (6-3) at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night.
The game is a rematch of the Week 7 thriller that saw the Cardinals fight back from a 13-point deficit to win a wild shootout in overtime and hand the Seahawks their first loss of the season. That victory gives Arizona the edge in the NFC West standings with three teams sitting at 6-3 heading into Week 11.
Arizona Cardinals Betting Preview: Built Different
That Week 7 clash featured one of the best plays of the year when Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf chased down Cardinals defensive back Budda Baker after Baker intercepted Russell Wilson at the goal line and tried to take it the distance. Now Metcalf’s chasedown has a competitor.
Arizona pulled off a miraculous win this past Sunday when Kyler Murray heaved a desperation hail mary to the end zone with seconds remaining down four to Buffalo. And amidst three defenders, DeAndre Hopkins snatched it out of the air for the game-winning score, sending the crowd and social media into a frenzy.
The Cardinals have now won four of five and currently hold the No. 3 seed in the NFC Playoff picture.
Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview: Seattle Slide
At 5-0 and 6-1, the Seahawks had a stranglehold on the best division in football, but two straight losses have created this current logjam. Two weeks ago, they weren’t able to keep up with the high-powered Bills, and on Sunday, turnovers proved costly in a sluggish defeat to the Rams.
Once the runaway favorite to win his first MVP trophy, Wilson has now turned the ball over seven times in the last two weeks, closing the gap on the odds with Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and even Kyler Murray nipping at his heels.
One concerning trend to keep an eye on revolves around star wideout DK Metcalf. In two of his last four games being shadowed by one of the game’s top corners (Patrick Peterson in Week 7 and Jalen Ramsey on Sunday), Metcalf has combined for just four catches and 51 yards. He’ll see Peterson again on Thursday.
Cardinals vs. Seahawks Betting Odds & Lines
MyBookie lists the Seahawks as the favorites in this one, laying 3.5 points at home with an over/under of 57.5. It’s a nearly identical line to the first meeting when the Cardinals covered and won outright with the game going over the total with a combined 71 points.
Free Betting Pick
The key for this game will be whoever can turn the page on Week 10 the quickest. How long will Kliff Kingsbury allow his team to revel in their miracle win before turning the page to Seattle on the quick turnaround?
That edge probably goes to the Seahawks with their veteran coach/quarterback combo, as they won and covered following that first loss of the year but have now dropped two straight. There’s no reason to think both teams won’t light up the scoreboard again on a short week, but expect Seattle to be more focused at the onset with the Cardinals forced to play catch-up.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Seattle Seahawks (-3.5).