Thursday Night Football kicks off the NFL matchups this week with what could be a sports betting classic, as the most competitive division in football features a battle for its crown. The Seattle Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals in a fight for the NFC West. The sportsbook made little adjustment from their last game on their NFL online betting odds. Our Cardinals vs Seahawks Week 11 injury odds analysis breaks down all the info you need to know about the game and offers a few NFL picks.
|Game: Arizona Cardinals (6-3) vs Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
Location: CenturyLink Field
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
A rematch of one of the year’s most exciting games, as the Cardinals handed the Seahawks their first loss in a 37-34, white-knuckle, overtime finish. Arizona threatens to take a stranglehold on the division with a win, while Seattle faces a serious deficit with a loss in this NFL matchup for first place in the NFC West.
Cardinals vs Seahawks Week 11 Injury Odds Analysis: Betting Lines
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In NFL injury news, the prognosis of NT Corey Peters turned out to be poor. He’s headed to the IR for a reported torn patellar tendon, which the team helpfully lists as “kneecap.” The team also declared out for a second consecutive week DE Jordan Phillips (hamstring), which leaves the Cards thin in their defensive front. Once they elevate Michael Dogbe from the practice squad, they’ll have just four defensive linemen active, and are currently bringing in free agents for tryouts.
The Cardinals tagged several players as questionable after the last game. On the defense, CB Charles Washington (groin) couldn’t practice at all, and ILB De’Vondre Campbell (calf) managed only a limited one on Wednesday. On offense, two tight ends, Maxx Williams (ankle) reported limited practice on Wednesday, and TE Darrell Daniels (ankle) reported none. Expect Campbell and Williams to play, and Washington and Daniels to sit, but all four are names worth checking on the inactives report an hour and a half before kickoff.
Arizona also declared backup OG Justin Murray (hand) out for the game.
First, the bad news — if there’s a position Seattle can’t afford lost players, it’s at cornerback. Nevertheless, CB Neiko Thorpe landed on the IR with an abdomen injury in a secondary corps that’s already dressing backups as starters. Where the team has now declared CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) and CB Shaquill Griffin (hamstring) out for another week, they’re returning to backups who’ve forfeited historical yardage so far this season.
A big plus for the pass rush and defense, in general, will be the return of DE Benson Mayowa who hasn’t played in November. He’s back from an ankle injury.
Returning on the offense for the first time in four games is RB Carlos Hyde, in time as the team declared Travis Homer (knee) doubtful and Chris Carson (foot) as a questionable game-time decision. Homer is as good as out, and observers speculate Carson will be declared out hours before the game.
Also listed questionable but fully expected to play is WR Tyler Lockett (knee).
The Seahawks’ O-line faces some issues. Though listed as questionable, C Kyle Fuller is going to test his recovering high-ankle sprain. He’ll need to since the original starter Ethan Pocic will sit again this week recovering from a concussion. Some good news, LG Mike Iupati comes into Thursday with no injury designation despite having missed a chunk of the last game. Also, backup OG Jordan Simmons (calf) was also declared out.
No NFL COVID-19 news as of right now for these teams.
Cardinals vs Seahawks Week 11 Injury Odds Analysis: Leans
If Carson somehow wakes up with his foot miraculously healed, then this handicap is moot. Otherwise, we like the Cardinals here.
On a week when the Cards could be most exploited up the middle (and will be), the ‘Hawks come into the game shorthanded in the backfield to do so. In what’s forecast to be a shootout, the Cardinals are closer to a coin flip here than a three-point dog. While we’d lean to the Cardinals +3, a better idea might be to bet on Arizona on the moneyline at +145.
The total of 57½ is down a point from the opening number. We’ll also suggest playing over 57½ in spite of it being an outrageously large number. (Still no 60s yet, though.) It might be worth waiting to see if it continues to fall, as under 57 is the much better play.
If you’re really adventurous, tease the Cardinals and the over at 6½ points to make an Arizona +9½ and over 51 single-game wager.