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Seahawks betting favorites over Cardinals in NFC West clash on SNF

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The Seattle Seahawks can cut Arizona’s lead atop the NFC West standings to one game with a third consecutive straight-up win when they play host to the Cardinals on Sunday night as 3-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Seahawks improved to 4-2 SU in their last six with a slim 13-12 win over the Dallas Cowboys prior to their bye last weekend.

However, the team continued their inconsistent performance at the sportsbooks, failing to cover as 4.5-point road favorites against the Cowboys, dropping them to 1-3-1 against the spread in their past four, and a meager 2-7-2 ATS over their last 11.

The Seattle defense upped its game in the team’s two recent wins, holding the Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers to just 15 total points, but enter Sunday night’s Cardinals vs. Seahawks betting matchup at CenturyLink Field without a SU win this season against teams with a record of .500 or better.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, look to have regained the form that lifted them to an early 3-0 SU record, posting back-to-back wins over Cleveland and Baltimore in their last two.

Quarterback Carson Palmer has connected on six touchdown passes during the Cardinals’ current win streak, but will have to contend with a Seahawks pass defense that leads the NFL, holding opponents to just 172 total passing yards in their last two.

Arizona, who is also coming off a bye, has also dominated without the ball, with its overall team defense trailing only the Seahawks and league-leading Denver Broncos.

The Cardinals have surrendered an average of just 47 rushing yards in their last two but could face a challenge against the Seahawks’ ground game, particularly with rushers Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls, who both have suffered injuries this season, returning to action well rested.

Arizona managed just nine total points in a pair of SU and ATS losses to the Seahawks last season, and are just 1-4 SU in their last five visits to Seattle, and 3-7 SU in their last 10 overall according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The club has also been dismal in recent contests following a bye, winless SU in their last six on the road, while going 2-7 SU, 3-6 ATS, in their last nine overall.

Seattle has also struggled coming off a bye, winning their last two SU, but going 5-11 SU in their last 16. However, they have only hosted one of their last 10 following a bye week, posting a dominating 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints as 6.5-point chalk in their most recent such home date two years ago.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

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Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

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