Carson Palmer’s health is a question mark for the second time in three weeks as the Arizona Cardinals prepare to host the Seattle Seahawks on in a crucial NFC West matchup. Palmer, who sat out a Week 5 victory at San Francisco due to a concussion, did not practice Thursday after suffering cramping in his hamstring in Monday’s 28-3 win over the New York Jets.
Arizona, which stumbled to a 1-3 start, moved back to the .500 mark with the dominant victory over the Jets but still trail division-leading Seattle by 1 1/2 games. “We did not play well in September, surprising to me, but we did play very well the last two weeks, and hopefully we can continue that,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. The Seahawks have ripped off three straight victories since a 9-3 loss at Los Angeles, capped by last week’s come-from-behind win over Atlanta. Seattle has won three of the past four meetings in the series, including the last three trips to Arizona by a whopping 105-34 margin.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC.
LINE HISTORY: The Cardinals opened the betting week as two-point home favorites but on Friday the line dropped to -1 – where it has remained for the rest of the weekend heading into Sunday evening. The total opened at 43.5, took a brief jump up to 44, and returned to the opening figure of 43.5 on Sunday morning. View complete line history here.
WEATHER REPORT: Dome.
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “The action on this matchup has been surprisingly low up to this point. We have seen a little bit of sharp money on the Seahawks the last 24 hours, which prompted the move from -2 to -1. I think this spread continues to trend downward and will close at a PK or Seattle -1. Currently, we have 65 percent of the handle on the visitor.” – Scott Cooley from BookMaker.eu.
Seahawks – QB R. Wilson (Prob Sun, ankle), RB C. Prosise (Prob Sun, hand), DE F. Clark (Prob Sun, hamstring), DE M. Bennett (Prob Sun, knee), TE J. Graham (Ques Sun, knee), S K. Chancellor (Doub Sun, groin), DT Q. Jefferson (Out Sun, thumb), LB K. Pierre-Louis (Out Sun, ankle), TE L. Wilson (Out Indefinitely, knee), RB T. Rawls (Out Indefinitely, skin), DT G. Smith (I-R, undisclosed), LB M. Morgan (I-R, hip), TE J. Sommers (I-R, ankle), WR T. Slavin (I-R, undisclosed), DE T. Barnes (I-R, arm), CB S. Jean-Baptiste (I-R, shoulder).
Cardinals – G M. Iupati (Prob Sun, ankle), WR J. Brown (Prob Sun, knee), QB C. Palmer (Prob Sun, conditioning), WR J. Brown (Doub Sun, hamstring), LB G. Martin (Doub Sun, knee), DT E. Stinson (Out Sun, toe), G E. Mathis (I-R, ankle), S T. Branch (Elig Week 12, groin), RB C. Johnson (Elig Week 12, hernia), LB A. Fua (I-R, knee), TE T. Niklas (I-R, wrist), S D. Eskridge (I-R, arm), CB M. Jenkins (I-R, knee), CB E. Bouka (I-R, hamstring).
ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS, 3-2 O/U): Despite getting blitzed for three touchdowns in an 11-minute span by Atlanta’s top-ranked offense last week, Seattle owns the league’s No. 1 defense and is third in points (15.6) and rushing yards (74.6) allowed. Quarterback Russell Wilson, who has a passer rating of at least 121.9 in three of the last four meetings with the Cardinals, guided Seattle to a 36-6 rout at Arizona in the regular-season finale in January. Tight end Jimmy Graham continues to be the top target for Wilson with six receptions in each of the last three games for a combined 302 yards.
ABOUT THE CARDINALS (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS, 2-4 O/U): Arizona featured one of the league’s top passing attacks last season, but second-year running back David Johnson has altered the team’s offensive identity by rushing for 268 yards and five touchdowns over the past two games, giving him a league-best eight scores on the ground. Johnson could be in for a heavy workload if the Cardinals have to turn to Drew Stanton, who threw for 124 yards on 11-of-28 passing in place of Palmer in a Week 5 win at San Francisco. Arizona’s defense is tied for fourth in the league (295.0 yards allowed) and tied for third in sacks (19).
* Seahawks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
* Cardinals are 2-8 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
* Over is 4-1 in Seahawks last 5 games in October.
* Under is 8-0 in Cardinals last 8 home games.
* Over is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Arizona.
COVERS CONSENESUS: 53 percent of Covers picks are on the Seahawks to cover as road underdogs while 55 percent of totals wagers are on the Under.