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Seahawks vs. Cardinals Week 8 Picks: Will Sunday be defensive struggle?

Will Sunday night be a defensive struggle between NFC West rivals the Seahawks and Cardinals at 8:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Cardinals are 2-point home favorites versus the Seahawks while the over/under currently sits at 43.5 points. As of this writing, neither the side nor the total have moved off the original numbers posted by oddsmakers.

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With a win on Sunday night, the Seahawks could improve to 5-1 for only the third time in franchise history. Seattle keeps winning despite a struggling ground game, as the Seahawks are averaging just 3.17 yards per rush this season. That’s the third fewest in the NFL and that figure is on pace to be a franchise worst. Christine Michael has offered some hope to the Seahawks’ running game, but a healthy Russell Wilson would go a long way to improve the team’s YPC average.

Despite their win on Monday night versus the Jets, the Cardinals are in danger of losing their fourth game of the season. For perspective, Bruce Arians’ squad didn’t lose its fourth game until Week 16 or later in its previous two seasons. One big reason for hope: David Johnson has led the NFL in rushing yards, yards from scrimmage and touchdowns since becoming the Cardinals’ starting running back in Week 13 of last season.

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OUR PREDICTION: The under is 13-6 in the Seahawks’ last 19 divisional games and 9-4 in their last 13 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game. The under is also a perfect 8-0 in the Cardinals’ last eight home games, is 4-1 in their last five games versus divisional opponents and is 6-1 in their last seven games versus a team with a winning record. The deep ball has disappeared for Arizona’s offense and Arians has had to rely on Johnson and the ground game to move the chains. That’s problematic on Sunday night with the Seahawks coming to town, as Seattle owns the No. 3 run defense in the league. Look for the game to be relatively low-scoring despite some high-scoring affairs between these two teams in past seasons.

 

NFL WEEK 7 PICK: CARDINALS/SEAHAWKS UNDER 43.5

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