For ESPN NFL Picks, the predictions have been going either way on NFL Picks for this game. One of the top Vegas Insider in Vegas said that it’s hard to make speculations on 2 young quarterbacks especially in week 1. The Vegas NFL Odds will have it different as well. Most football handicappers will stay away from this game in predicting winning NFL Expert Picks against the NFL Point Spreads. On the opening NFL weekend there is a NFC West match up right off the bat with ESPN NFL Picks having the Arizona Cardinals as a slight 1-point underdog hosting the Seattle Seahawks. Vegas Lines have the total for this division game at 41.
Both teams have question marks at the QB position, as even though the Seahawks shelled out a lot of cash to bring in free agent Matt Flynn they are going with 3rd round draft pick Russell Wilson as the starter in this game. Arizona still has not picked a starting QB, as John Skelton and Kevin Kolb are in the battle for the starting position.
ESPN NFL Picks Seahawks at Cardinals
Sports Bettors look at trends and ATS rankings and last season the Seahawks were 9-6-1 ATS and the Cardinals were 9-7 ATS. Last season at home Arizona failed to cover the spread against Seattle. In an interesting betting trend that Football Handicappers may want to know about is that last season the Seahawks failed to cover the spread in their last 2 games while the Cardinals covered in both their last games.
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ESPN NFL Picks Looks at Both Team’s Offenses or Lack Thereof
Both teams struggled on offense and this was especially the case for the Seahawks, who did not rank in the top 20 in passing yards or rushing yards per game. Wilson does not have much to work with since the Seahawks do not have a great WR corps. However, they may be better this season with a healthy Sidney Rice and new free agent Braylon Edwards. Last season the Cardinals ranked 17th in the league in pass defense and they have an emerging star in CB Patrick Peterson.
One highlight for the Seahawks last season was the play of RB Marshawn Lynch, as he rushed for over 1,200 yards with 12 TD. He has missed time in the preseason with back issues, but should be ready to go in this game. The Cardinals struggled against the run last season and Lynch has to play well since Seattle has a rookie under center.
The Cardinals have QB issues, but whoever is under center will, at least, have a couple of solid targets in Larry Fitzgerald and 1st round draft pick Michael Floyd. According to NFL.com Kolb has the slight edge over Skelton, as the season draws near. Seattle was solid defending the pass last season and they have a young and talented secondary. This can block the Arizona NFL Pro Picks in covering.
The Seattle pass rush was not very good last season, which is why they shocked a lot of people in the draft taking exclusive pass rusher OLB in the 1st round even though he was not projected to go nearly that high.
Beanie Wells had over 1,000 yards rushing last season, but he missed both games against Seattle last season and in his last 4 games he failed to rush for more than 70 yards. Seattle has a decent run defense, but not great and if they can shut Wells down they have a great shot to win.
ESPN NFL Picks Taking the Away Team in this Match Up
The NFL Betting Lines does not have many away favorites in Week 1, but they do have so in this game. SportsBooks have the game as being very close and almost a pickem game. ESPN NFL Picks has the Seahawks as the slight 1-point away favorite with a total of 41.
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