The NFL’s Week 7 schedule was updated Thursday afternoon. The Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were dropped from Sunday Night Football to a tentative 4:05 p.m. EST kickoff amid COVID-19 concerns for the Raiders. In their place, the Seattle Seahawks (5-0) and Arizona Cardinals (4-2) meet at State Farm Stadium in an all-NFC West battle; they’ll kick off at 8:20 p.m. EST with the game available on NBC. Below, we’ll make our betting picks for the moneyline, spread and over/under for the Seahawks-Cardinals Week 7 Sunday Night Football battle.
The Seahawks lead the NFC West with the Cardinals holding second place over the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. Seattle had a Week 6 bye following a narrow 27-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. Arizona is coming off a primetime showcase of its own; it beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-10 on Monday Night Football in Week 6.
Advice on each bet type will be offered as a “pick” or a “lean”. Picks are suggested as high-confidence plays based on the odds listed at the time of publishing. Leans can hinge on certain injury news or may require the odds to swing in an expected direction. My Sunday Night Football Betting Preview at TheLines dives deeper into the Seahawks-Cardinals matchup to help you prepare for your Week 7 betting picks. There, we look at the on-field matchup, betting trends for both teams, and betting information from some of the top US sportsbooks.
Seahawks at Cardinals odds
Seahawks at Cardinals picks: Moneyline
One thing not changing from the originally scheduled Sunday Night Football matchup is the road team being favored. The Seahawks are one of just three remaining undefeated teams in the NFL and have a rest advantage off of the bye.
The shift of this game to SNF affords the Cardinals a little extra rest after their Monday Night Football appearance in Week 6. Both teams are relatively healthy. Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday but is expected to play. Seahawks S Jamal Adams (groin) remains sidelined barring a surprise late-week improvement.
Seattle went down to the wire against the Vikings in Week 5 with QB Russell Wilson throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to WR DK Metcalf with just 15 seconds left. Minnesota racked up 201 team rushing yards, sacked Wilson four times for 27 yards, and forced an interception. The Cardinals are well-equipped to follow the Vikings’ model. They ran for 261 yards against the Cowboys in Week 6. Their offensive line ranks as a top-5 unit in both ESPN‘s Pass and Run Block Win Rate. The Cards also have the fourth-ranked pass rush by win rate and have 17 sacks through six games.
Murray made just his second career primetime appearance Monday night, but he’ll be able to lean on RBs Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds. Arizona needs to win the time of possession battle and keep the ball away from Wilson to pull the modest upset at home.
The pick: Cardinals +155 or better
Seahawks at Cardinals picks: Against the spread
The Cardinals come in as either 3- or 3.5-point underdogs depending on your sportsbook of choice. It’s their third time this season and second week in a row as underdogs; they covered by 29 points last week in their 38-10 outright victory.
The Seahawks are favored for the fifth straight game after closing in a pick ’em against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. They failed to cover for the first time all season in their 1-point win over Minnesota.
This line hasn’t moved since opening at 3.5 last week despite heavy action on the Seahawks at FanDuel Sportsbook. Seattle had received 81% of against the spread tickets and 77% of ATS money by Thursday morning. The books are standing by the Cardinals and that’s our play, too. Hedge against the more profitable moneyline play.
The pick: Cardinals (+3 or better)
Seahawks at Cardinals picks: Over/Under (total)
The tides have turned on NFL total betting over the last couple of weeks. Unders went 10-4 last week after a surge of early-season Overs. The Seahawks are 3-2 against the O/U this season and top the projections by 8.5 points per game; the Cardinals are the only team that hasn’t hit an Over, and they fall an average of 4.8 PPG shy of the line.
This NFC West matchup feature’s the NFL’s top-scoring offense of the Seahawks and the 11th-ranked Cardinals attack. Defensively, the Cards rank second in the league with just 18.7 PPG allowed. The Seahawks allow an average of 27.0 PPG to rank 18th. This game comes with the second-highest point projection of the week.
Liking the Cardinals to cover and win outright, we’re counting on the defense getting pressure on Wilson. The Cards will look to control the clock and keep his possessions to a minimum. Back the UNDER; it had received just 35% of bet slips but 57% of the handle on the total at FanDuel by Thursday morning.
The pick: UNDER (55.5 or better)