2011 Season NFL Football Past Picks
January 01, 2012
This pick was released to clients on December 31, 1969 at 9:00PM ET.
Seattle at Arizona
Sunday 01/01 04:15 PM Eastern
2 units on Seattle PICK () (risk 2 to return 2) RESULT: PUSH
One of these teams will finish the season at .500 after both started off miserably. The Seahawks are vastly improved on defense, especially in the secondary. They were really tough against the run early, but I think that was because teams knew they could throw on them, and didn't put a big effort in the running game. Right now that has reversed, as teams have had success on the ground to some extent. I think the difference maker here could be Marshawn Lynch. Through Week 8, Lynch had not had a 100-yard running day, but since Week 8 he has turned the trick six times, and has become a powerful weapon at over 1,100 yards on the season. Kevin Kolb is likely out again for the Cardinals, meaning John Skelton and his 68.1 passer rating takes the throttle for the Cardinals’ offense. He has 10 TDs to 13 INTs and has looked good at times, but makes bad decisions which will cost the Cardinals vs. the surging Seahawks. Seattle was depressing on the road a year ago, but are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five this season, so make the play on Seattle and the points.