Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks kicks off this Sunday at 4:05pm EST in Seattle Washington as a home game for the Seahawks. The Cardinals are currently a +7.5 underdog and +310 on the moneyline while the total is set at 44.5. Expecting a Seahawks bounceback, expect overs on the likes of Kenneth Walker, DK Metcalf, and Geno Smith for this Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks matchup.
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It was an underwhelming offensive display for the Seahawks in their last game out, putting together drives down the field but for minimal scoring success. They are now in a position to bounce back, taking on one of the lowest graded defenses in the NFL. With the Cardinals offense being able to move the ball down the field, this game may potentially turn into a thrilling shootout which plays towards player prop overs.
Kenneth Walker Over 71.5 Rushing Yards
When healthy, Kenneth Walker is one of the most dynamic running backs in the league. He has played a major role at giving the Seahawks offense a stable ground game, getting the benefit of running through a stretched-out defense as opposing units have to respect the elite talent at wideout.
He should find immediate success when his number is called as the Cardinals are one of the worst defenses in the league. They generate little to no pressure in the backfield, allowing Walker to get to the trenches with ease as he exploits gaps on the line. Especially with a low dose of the blitz, leaving just their front four alone at the line.
Speaking of the trenches, this is an area where the Seahawks offense has an advantage and plays directly towards Kenneth Walker’s success in the run game. Seattle currently ranks 10th in Off Adjusted Line Yards, now getting to go against a Cardinals defensive line that ranks 31st in that department.
Factor in the Cardinals second level being stretched thin in an attempt to cover DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Walker should find himself with plenty of room to run wild. The spread also implies that this may be a comfortable victory in Seattle’s favor, getting the chance to call a heavier dose of the run late in the game.
Geno Smith Over 251.5 Passing Yards
Focusing more on the Cardinals defensive line, their inability to generate pressure plays directly towards this prop as Geno Smith should find himself with a clean pocket throughout the game. Especially with the return of Charles Cross, immediately bolstering their pass protection.
His whole entire line is currently listed as questionable but that is more of a precaution. Expecting his starting unit to be able to give it a go, their protection will allow Geno to shred a Cardinals secondary who currently ranks 28th in Def pass EPA, 31st in Def pass Success Rate, and 31st in Def Pass DVOA.
Geno Smith Over 1.5 Passing Touchdowns
Correlating this prop with the previously mentioned one, Geno Smith is in a prime position to thrive against a Cardinals defense who lacks in coverage and cannot generate pressure with their front seven. Geno played a major role with his resurgence last year, getting off to a slow start this year as he battled through an injury riddled offensive line.
SEAHAWKS WIN GENO SMITH TO TYLER LOCKET!!
WALK OFF TD
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 17, 2023
He may have to battle against Kenneth Walker in terms of scoring opportunities in the red zone. Luckily for this prop, there should be plenty of opportunities for both to thrive as Seattle should have no issue with moving the ball down the field throughout the course of the whole game.
DK Metcalf Over 56.5 Receiving Yards
One of the main targets for Geno Smith to help clear his passing yards over prop should be DK Metcalf, an athletic specimen at wideout who is in a position to routinely burn the Arizona secondary. He averages 67.4 yards per game and has been Smith’s go-to target in the mid field as he routinely racks up yards after the catch.
He’s also connected with Geno Smith for five big play gains, hauling in a reception for over 20 yards at various points of the season. With Smith getting a clean pocket against the Cardinals underwhelming defensive front, that gives Metcalf extra time to create separation against the Cardinals secondary and connect on another big gain. Expect an uptick of downfield throws, targeting Metcalf as he burns corners while streaking down the sides.