The 2020 NFL schedule has been refigured several times already due to COVID-19, and in Week 7 that has led to the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals being moved from their original 4:25 p.m. ET slot to Sunday Night Football. The NFC West rivals are both off to great starts with Seattle coming off a bye at 5-0 and Arizona now at 4-2 after blowing out the Cowboys and Jets the last two weeks. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET at State Farm Stadium and Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray are expected to make it a shootout.
The over-under for total points is at 54.5 with Seattle favored by 3.5 points on the road in the latest Seahawks vs. Cardinals odds from William Hill. Can Arizona prove itself as a legit NFC contender as home underdogs on Sunday night against a perennial playoff team?Before making any Cardinals vs. Seahawks picks, see the Sunday Night Football predictions from SportsLine's proven model.
The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,800 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It's off to a strong 14-6 roll on top-rated NFL picks this season. The model enters Week 7 on an incredible 110-71 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Seahawks vs. Cardinals. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NFL lines and trends for Cardinals vs. Seahawks:
- Seahawks vs. Cardinals spread: Seahawks -3.5
- Seahawks vs. Cardinals over-under: 54.5 points
- Seahawks vs. Cardinals money line: Seahawks -185, Cardinals +165
- SEA: Seahawks are tied for the best against the spread record in the league at 4-1.
- ARI: Cardinals own a point differential of plus-nine this season.
Why the Seahawks can cover
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks lead the NFL in scoring entering Week 7, which has largely been a function of their incredible red-zone scoring efficiency. Seattle has scored touchdowns on 16 of its 18 trips inside the 20-yard line; the 88.9 percent conversion rate is the best in the league.
Wilson leads the NFL with 19 touchdown passes and has completed those passes to nine different receivers. However, there's no question that he favors the dynamic tandem of D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. They've combined to catch nine touchdowns in the first five games of the season, and Metcalf's incredible big-play ability (22.5 yards per catch) has opened up new dimensions in Seattle's offense. He'll demand a lot of safety attention on Sunday to free up space underneath for Lockett and room to run for Chris Carson.
Why the Cardinals can cover
When Kliff Kingsbury was hired last year, the expectation was that he'd build an elite and fast offense to challenge opposing defenses. Kingsbury has started to live up to that reputation. The Cardinals have scored 68 points and racked up 434 yards of total offense in the last two weeks against the Cowboys and Jets and now rank 11th in scoring and fifth in total offense.
However, a surprising defense is arguably the catalyst for Arizona turning around its fortunes after a 5-10-1 season in 2019. The Cardinals rank second in the NFL in points allowed and 12th in total defense so far in 2020. Budda Baker looked like one of the best players on the field last week against Dallas with seven tackles, an interception, a sack and a forced fumble in the win and his disruptiveness could be a huge factor on Sunday night.
How to make Seahawks vs. Cardinals picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, with the Arizona defense recording more than three sacks and the Seahawks' defense projected to force nearly two turnovers. The model also says one side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick here.
So who wins Cardinals vs. Seahawks on Sunday Night Football? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Cardinals vs. Seahawks spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up well over $7,800 on its NFL picks, and find out.