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Betting on Cardinals at Seahawks: Between Two Birds

Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Jets NFL Week 6 Monday Night

Week 11 of this strange and hopefully unique NFL betting season brings a number of intriguing matchups, along with some interesting NFL odds that might at first be head-scratchers. For some, the biggest of those is Thursday’s Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks game.

Cardinals vs. Seahawks NFL Week 11 Odds by BetUs

Arizona Cardinals+3 -11557½ -110o+145
Seattle Seahawks-3 -10557½ -110u-165
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The Cardinals are three-point road dogs against a Seahawks team who has lost three of their past four games. Those three Seattle losses were all on the road to very good teams. However, one of those teams was these very Cardinals. These Cardinals who have now won four of their last five, two on the road.

The first two Arizona wins in this stretch were to two non-factor teams, the Jets and the Cowboys. Those two wannabe teams were defeated by a combined score of 68-20. But the other two wins were the aforementioned one over Seattle and then last week’s miracle last-second Hail Mary to DeAndre Hopkins from Kyler Murray to beat the Buffalo Bills. It will quite possibly be the play of the year when all is said and done.

So, the Cardinals are coming in hot, it seems. Meanwhile, the Seahawks have been somewhat grounded lately. So why is Seattle favored by a key sports betting number like three? Here are three reasons.

1) Seattle is at home for the game.

This has some validity, even though there will be no fans at the game. Why is that? Weather is why. The Cardinals have been home for three consecutive weeks in the sun and warm, dry air. Seattle is somewhere around 40 degrees cooler than Phoenix this time of year, and wet. And the game is outdoors. The last time Arizona played in cold weather was last December.

2) Seattle is a public team.

This means they are on the minds of Joe Public as a winning team, because they have been so good for so long. I know people who still speak of Seattle in terms of their great defense. And that was years ago. This year, in fact, they are setting the pace for one of the worst defenses in NFL history!

3) Russell Wilson.

People have been hearing a lot about Russell Wilson’s run for the NFL MVP award this season. He has such a strong start to the year that it seemed a no-brainer a few weeks ago. And he has simply been so good for the past ten years that people just expect him to win. He usually does.

Take these three things away and you’d have a heavily-favored Cardinals team. But, everything else being equal, add these three reasons together and you get a Seahawks team that is slightly favored. Three weeks ago, the Seahawks would have been touchdown favorites against the Cardinals. Times change fast in the NFL.

The smart bettor here will follow the weather in Seattle on Thursday before placing their wager.

If it looks like the rain might hold off, take the road dog.