NFL odds: Seahawks underdogs at Arizona, Patriots big favorites vs. Steelers

Thursday October 20th, 2016

The Seattle Seahawks (4-1) bring a three-game winning streak both overall and in road matchups with the Arizona Cardinals (3-3) into the Week 7 Sunday night matchup, although they are still listed as two-point underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by

The Seahawks returned from their bye last week to edge the Atlanta Falcons 26-24 but failed to cover the number as 6.5-point home favorites.

Seattle split two meetings with Arizona last year, with each team winning on the other’s home field. That is nothing new for the Seahawks, who have won in their last three trips to University of Phoenix Stadium straight up and against the spread.

They are also 7-2 SU in their last nine on the road overall and riding a 6-1-1 against the spread run in Week 7 games.

Meanwhile, the defending NFC West champion Cardinals got off to a rough 1-3 start but have since rebounded with consecutive wins in primetime. They are coming off a 28-3 rout of the New York Jets as seven-point home favorites on Monday after knocking off the San Francisco 49ers 33-21 the previous Thursday as 3.5-point road chalk.

Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer missed the win at San Francisco due to a concussion and returned to action to lead his team to the victory against New York. 

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Before the Sunday night game kicks off there are three other interesting matchups that may be worth a wager. The first looked like it was going to be the game of the week before quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hurt his knee for the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2), who are listed as 7.5-point home dogs versus the New England Patriots (5-1). 

The two division leaders appear to be the best teams in the AFC, but Roethlisberger’s absence will prevent us from finding out which of them is truly better at this point of the season.

The Patriots have won nine of the past 12 meetings SU with the Steelers, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, but they are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 on the road overall after covering the spread in their most recent game away from home.

The Falcons (4-2) are back at home following a two-game western road swing that included a win over the Denver Broncos and that loss to the Seahawks. They covered the spread in both games and host the San Diego Chargers (2-4) off their victory against the Broncos as three-point home underdogs last Thursday night.

The Chargers have lost the past six meetings with the Falcons, who are 0-9 ATS in their last nine games as favorites and have lost five in a row as chalk at home.

And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) are two-point road favorites against the San Francisco 49ers (1-5) and have lost nine of the past 10 meetings on the road. The 49ers are riding a five-game losing streak since blanking the Los Angeles Rams 28-0 in their season opener, but they have gone 13-3 SU in their last 16 at home after losing their previous home game. The Bucs are also 1-6 ATS in their last seven as road chalk

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