Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks Matchup Preview (10/25/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
The Seattle Seahawks will travel to Arizona to take on division rivals Arizona Cardinals. The Seattle Seahawks are one of three NFL teams left undefeated. Last week, they had a bye week and will be fresh going into this game. The Cardinals are coming off of a win against the Dallas Cowboys to improve their record to 4-2, ranking second in the NFC West division. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, October 25th, 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: State Farm Stadium – Glendale, Arizona
TV Coverage: FOX
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Arizona Cardinals: Dennis Gardeck (foot), Deandre Hopkins (ankle), Jordan Phillips (foot), Kelvin Beachum (ankle), Kylie Fitts (hamstring)
Seattle Seahawks: Questionable to play: Will Dissly (Achilles), Duane Brown (knee), Benson Mayowa (knee), Brandon Shell (illness), Quinton Dunbar (knee), Damien Lewis (ankle), Lano Hill (back), Mike Iupati (back)
Arizona Cardinals Analysis
The Arizona Cardinals have kept the Seattle Seahawks honest in their division by only being back one win from them. This offense scores 27 points per game and is above average in offensive yards. On top of that, their defense has done quite well in games, holding opponents to 18 points per game, ranking second in the NFL. They will look to steal a win against the Seahawks in week seven.
Kyler Murray has had a solid sophomore season thus far with 1,487 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has arguably been the best rushing quarterback in the league, leading quarterbacks in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns with 370 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also leads the league in yards per rush with an incredible 7.3 yards per carry. However, his efficiency lacks a negative 1.8% DVOA. He may have to get it done in the passing game since the Seahawks allow the most passing yards in the league per game.
Kenyan Drake has certainly had a better year in his first year in Arizona than he did in Miami. He is fifth in rushing attempts with 105 while tacking on nearly 100 yards per game with 478 and four touchdowns. The offensive line has one of the lowest “stuffed” rates, meaning they allow him to get through gaps for a solid 4.6 yards per carry. Drake, along with Chase Edmonds, offers a dynamic backfield that can run and get involved in the passing game.
The Cardinals offseason acquisition of Deandre Hopkins has certainly paid off for their offense. He leads the lead in yards and receptions while putting up two touchdowns on the season. He is one of the most efficient wide receivers in the league with a 77% catch rate and ranking second in effective yards. He will certainly be a factor against the Seahawks lacking secondary.
The defense for Arizona has been effective to allow its offense to take advantage of the field. They have a total -6.2% DVOA, meaning they have one of the more efficient defenses in the league. Moreover, their rushing defense has been phenomenal, only allowing 0.5 touchdowns per game, which ranks second in the league. The most interesting matchup will be Patrick Peterson going up against D.K Metcalf. Peterson has the size but may lack the speed against one of the biggest deep threats in the league.
The Cardinals have been a great team this season on both sides of the ball. The NFC West, while a very competitive division, has an opportunity for this team at 4-2. They would be making a statement by defeating one of the best teams in the NFL and intend on doing so. If the Cardinals can take advantage of the Seahawks lacking defense and slow down the most productive offenses in the league, they will have a shot at taking down the undefeated Seahawks.
Arizona Cardinals Depth Chart
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
The Seattle Seahawks continue their reign of winning this season with a 5-0 record. Two weeks ago, they barely escaped a win against the Minnesota Vikings in week five with a one-point win. The Seahawks are looking to continue their undefeated record with a win against the Cardinals next week.
Do you hear MVP chants? Because I certainly do. Russell Wilson has been showing why he is still one of the most elite quarterbacks in the league by passing for an average of above 300 yards per game with 19 touchdowns and a 72.8% completion percentage. Without Russell Wilson, this team would certainly struggle and would not be undefeated. He will have a tough challenge next week against the Cardinals defense, which has been effective against their opponents.
Top skill players DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have been a dangerous combination for defenses this season. Together, they have 738 receiving yards and nine touchdowns through five weeks. They will be a struggle for Arizona to contain and will need to step up their route running to give Russell less time needed to throw.
The offensive line is an area that the Seahawks need to work on, as they have allowed 15 sacks this season for a scary average of three sacks per game. They have an 8.9% sack rate, one of the highest in the league. However, they help Chris Carson in the run game get 4.7 yards per carry with a low 13% “stuffed” rate. The Cardinals have a solid defensive line and will be looking to put pressure on Wilson all game.
The weakest part of Seattle’s team is clearly their defense. They have allowed 27 points per game this season and are ranked 26th in defensive effectiveness. Their secondary lacks quite a bit and allows the most passing yards per game. They hold opposing running backs to an impressive 3.86 yards per carry with the help of star linebacker Bobby Wagner. But, they do not produce many sacks and will need to put pressure on Kyler to get the job done.
The Seahawks are certainly a great team, but they are due for a loss. This will be one of the tougher defenses they have faced so far in the season, outside of the New England Patriots. But, their productive offense should be able to continue their success against any defense. The concern will be containing the Cardinals offense enough to allow their offense to stay on the field. Last game, the Vikings held the ball for twice the amount of time that the Seahawks team did, and that strategy worked quite well for them. Look for the Cardinals to have a similar strategy going into this game.
Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart
Betting Corner Cardinals +3.5
Spread: +/- 3.5
Moneyline: Seahawks -190, Cardinals +165
Spread: Cardinals +3.5
Moneyline: Cardinals +165
This is probably one of the tougher games to bet this week, but I like the underdogs for the Cardinals. At home, I think they will give Seattle their first loss of the season. We know Seattle struggles on defense and the Cardinals offense and defense have a better chance of doing more damage than Seattle. I think the Cardinals take the spread and the money line for this one.
The over/under have been going up quite high since most of the overs have been hitting in Vegas. I like the over still for this game considering these are two of the most productive offenses in the NFL. The over should be the bet to go with next week.
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Love/Hate Fantasy Picks
Tyler Lockett has been having a great fantasy season alongside DK Metcalf. But, I think the Cardinals will have a more defensive focus on Metcalf, freeing up Lockett in the slot position. He has been in a slump in the last two games, averaging around seven fantasy points per game. But, he still averages 17.6 fantasy points on the season, and I think he will be around there next week.
Christian Kirk has produced three weeks with double-digit fantasy points, but I cannot see this continuing. Last week he had 22.6 fantasy points, but he only caught two balls. I think his success will be slowed down in a game the Cardinals want to win, in which they will target Hopkins heavily. He could be considered a flex starter, but I would not take the risk of him producing for a fourth straight week.