Free NFL Picks Today: Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals 10/16/22

Free NFL Picks Today: Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals 10/16/22
Sun 16th October 2022

The Arizona Cardinals (2-3, 2-0 Away) travel to take on the Seattle Seahawks (2-3, 1-1 Home) at Lumen Field on Sunday. The Cardinals are 2.5-point favorites, and the total is 50.5. Arizona is coming off a narrow 20-17 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium last Sunday. Kyler Murray threw for 250 yards with a touchdown and an interception. James Conner ran nine times for 55 yards. Marquise Brown was targeted 10 times, catching eight passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Seattle lost 39-32 to the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome last Sunday. Geno Smith was 16 of 25 for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Kenneth Walker III carried eight times for 88 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Lockett added two touchdowns of his own. He caught five receptions for 104 yards.


The teams split their two meetings last season, the last of which was a 38-30 win for the Seahawks in January. Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns for Seattle, as Tyler Lockett scored twice. James Conner had two touchdowns (1 rush, 1 rec) for Arizona.


The Cardinals are averaging 21.0 points per game for the season, 18th in the NFL, and they are facing a Seahawks defense that has surrendered 30.8 PPG (31st). Meanwhile, Seattle has scored 25.4 points a game this season, seventh in the league, and Arizona is allowing 24.6 PPG (23rd). The Cardinals rank 17th in the league in passing yards per game (250.6) and 17th in rushing (114.4). Look for them to take advantage on the ground, as the Seahawks are worst in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (170.2). Against the pass, Seattle is 24th (269.2).Seattle is 13th in the league in passing yards per game (261.0) and 12th in rushing (122.0). Arizona’s defense has proven stout on the ground, as the Cardinals are 5th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (97.4). Against the pass, the Cardinals are 21st (259.4).Seattle ranks as the lowest volume red zone offense in the NFL, advancing inside the 20-yard-line just 2.6 times per game (32nd) and scoring a touchdown on 39% of those possessions (31st).


Through five games, Kyler Murray has thrown for six touchdowns (3 INT) and 248.2 yards per game to lead Arizona in passing. In two away games this season, he has three TDs (2 INT) and an average of 242.0 yards passing. James Conner leads the team in rushing with an average of 40.0 yards a game over five games. He has one touchdown on the ground. Marquise Brown is the Cardinals’ leading receiver with 83.4 yards a game and three TDs. He is averaging 7.6 receptions on 11.0 targets per game. Geno Smith has nine passing touchdowns (2 INT) with 261.0 yards per game through five games to lead Seattle. In two home games this season, he has thrown for four TDs (1 INT) and an average of 260.0 yards. Rashaad Penny has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 69.2 yards a game through five games. He has two touchdowns. Tyler Lockett has been the primary target in the Seahawks’ passing game. He has two touchdowns and an 81.2 yard per game average through five appearances. Tyler Lockett is averaging 8.0 targets per game (6.4 receptions).

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Arizona Cardinals (-145)

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