NFL Free Pick: SEA/ARI

The Arizona Cardinals have already clinched a playoff spot, but they’ll be looking to gain some momentum when they host their NFC West division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks.

Who will we give the nod to in our free pick for this game?

Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out a Free NFL Pick for Week 17.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Cardinals -7 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 45.5 total points.

Key Trend: The Cardinals are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, while the Seahawks are 4-1 against the number in their last five games on the road. The over has covered in seven of Seattle’s last nine games when playing Arizona.

Key Stat: The Cardinals are scoring 26.2 points per game while allowing 27 PPG, so the over is a solid play. Arizona is also averaging 288.5 passing yards per game, while the Seahawks are allowing 253.5 passing yards per game.

Game Outlook: The Cardinals have already secured a playoff spot, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt wants his team to gain some of their lost confidence back, so he plans on playing his starters for most of the game. Wideout Anquan Boldin probably won’t play because of injury, but most of Arizona’s explosive passing game will be in place and Seattle’s secondary is brutal. Actually, the entire Seahawk defense has been brutal this year and they won’t be able to keep pace with the Cardinals’ offense. Seattle has been able to play teams tight over the past couple weeks, but they’re a different team on the road than they are at home and Arizona should roll. Lay the seven points in confidence and take the over. For the rest of our NFL Free Pick, see below.

Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 17 matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals is

ARIZONA CARDINALS -7

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Arizona Cardinals 30

Seattle Seahawks 20

We also predict that this game will GO UNDER THE TOTAL (45.5 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 12/28/08 1:30PM ET

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