Cardinals vs. Seahawks Predictions – It’s all About Murray as Cards Visit Seahawks
We can assure you that the Arizona Cardinals don’t ever want to go through an experience like they had last week. A team that just a couple of weeks ago had their clutches on the NFC’s top playoff seed wound up with just 169 total yards in a 34-10 shellacking from the Carolina Panthers. But those engaging in football betting at BetAnySports may have to once again play the guessing game when it comes to the Cardinals’ quarterback.
Kyler Murray, the MVP candidate who can beat you in so many ways, set out last week. And he is once again a game-time decision as his team lines up against the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC West contest at eight 4:25 p.m. Eastern. This game will be played in Seattle, so the elements could well be a factor.
Football Betting Picks – The QB Problems
Murray has been having trouble with his ankle since the Thursday night loss to the Green Bay Packers. And he has since missed two games. In the first one, veteran backup Colt McCoy was a hero, completing 22 of 26 for 248 yards. But as we always say, journeymen usually earn that designation. And for an encore, McCoy threw for 107 yards on 20 attempts before leaving the game with an injury. It’s possible he’ll be available this week, but Arizona may have to go with Chris Streveler, a former CFL star, who performed mop-up duty last week
The Seahawks experienced their share of woes last week at Lambeau Field, as Russell Wilson came back from a broken finger but was none too successful. Seattle suffered a shutout loss, the first of Wilson’s career. And he completed just 20 of 40 passes for 161 yards, with two interceptions.
Football Betting Picks – Has Wilson come back too soon?
You know, everybody was talking about how remarkable it was that Wilson was able to come back from a fractured finger so quickly. But with last week’s performance, now there is speculation. Obviously, the Seahawks were not going to get where they wanted to go with Geno Smith. The only thing that keeps the 3-6 Seahawks in the playoff race is that there are three wild card teams in the NFC.
In the football betting odds posted on this game at BetAnySports, Arizona is the slight favorite.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks Week 11 Odds
|Cardinals||+2½ ( EV )||46 ( -110 )||+120|
|Seahawks||-2½ ( -120 )||46 ( -110 )||-140|
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Football Betting Picks – The dilemma for the Seattle offense
Wilson has always been a guy to take much of the burden into his own hands. And head coach Pete Carroll has been more than happy to let him do it. But if the guy isn’t effective, everything kind of crumbles. For example, last week DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett had only five catches between them. That’s one of the most dangerous pairs of wide receivers in the NFL.
One of the things that Carroll has always wanted to do was establish balance with the running game. With Chris Carson, he was able to do it. But Carson is having season-ending neck surgery. Seattle has run the ball 42.3% of the time. But with Alex Collins as a lead back, this area of the game is kind of iffy.
Football Betting Picks – If Murray plays
We should stress that Murray is going to play in the game if it all possible. His ability to run, especially on designed plays, might be compromised. But there is more to his game than that. On throws downfield that are at least 20 yards, Murray has completed 47.2%, which is phenomenal. DeAndre Hopkins will not play in this game, but there’s enough in the receiving corps to make an impact. Christian Kirk had seven receptions last week, but they were only for 58 yards. With Murray, that yards-per-catch average would increase. Zach Ertz, the tight end recently brought over from Philadelphia, is liable to get worked more and more into the offense.
Football Betting Picks – Our conclusion
It’s pretty simple here – so we like Murray on the basis of his passing ability, and we’ll go with Arizona if he plays. If it’s McCoy or Streveler, we want no part of that. And we elect to take a wait-and-see attitude with Wilson.
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