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Cardinals open as underdog vs Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks can wrap up the NFC West title and the No. 1 overall seed in the playoff with a win over the visiting Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Seahawks have emerged as the clear-cut favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. They’ve been dominant everywhere this season, but especially at home, where they’ve covered 19 of their last 24 home games.

Seattle is a double-digit favorite over the improved Arizona Cardinals, who have won six of seven to stay in the playoff hunt. Arizona is out of playoff contention with a loss.

The Cardinals have lost the last two meetings to the Seahawks by a combined score of 92-22.

They will face the 9-5 Cardinals, who own a 9-4-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Seahawks are 6-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cardinals are 7-7 favoring the OVER.

View Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks Odds and Stats.

Bettors who were going with the Seahawks in this one found them listed as 9.5-point favorites on the betting line at 5Dimes. Totals bettors have seen that number set earlier in the week at 45 for Sunday's game over at BetOnline.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 1-rated Seahawks and the No. 7-rated Cardinals in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 32-23 win for the Seahawks on Sunday.

Arizona was a 37-34 winner in its last match on the road against the Titans. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 71 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. In their latest action on Sunday at $Stadum, Rashard Mendenhall rumbled through the Tennessee defense for 2 TDs as Arizona won 37-34.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Seattle's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 27.14 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 8 this week at 20.79 PPG. The Seahawks aerial game is averaging 213.5 yards per game, less than the Cardinals secondary allows through the air, 239.07 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 4-rated road run defense, allowing 86.14 yards per game. Seattle, meanwhile, ranks No. 3 in rushing offense at home.

A few Cardinals at Seahawks trends to consider:
Arizona is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Arizona is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games
Arizona is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Seattle is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Seattle is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games
Seattle is 14-3 ATS in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
Arizona home to San Francisco, Sunday, December 29th
Seattle home to St. Louis, Sunday, December 29th