The Arizona Cardinals face one of the hottest offenses in football, the Seattle Seahawks. But will their red-hot defense shake things up?
The Arizona Cardinals can honestly say they own one of the league’s best defenses when you take out their pitiful Week 1 performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. Since then, the Cardinals haven’t allowed any more than 23 points in a single game, and that trend may continue against Seattle.
While it’s true the Seahawks have one of the better offenses, they have really only caught their stride over the past two weeks. And in one of those games, they played against the Detroit Lions, whose defense is equally as bad as their own.
That said, expect the Cardinals to give the Seahawks some headaches. And it’s where we will begin our three best prop bets of the week.
1 – Geno Smith UNDER 269.5 passing yards
The Arizona Cardinals allowed over 270 passing yards just once this season, against, go figure, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Since then, the Cardinals have allowed 244, 239, 180, and 218 passing yards.
Therefore, it is highly likely that trend will continue this week against Smith’s Seahawks. Further, the Cardinals corners are playing shutdown football, giving me even more faith that Smith will venture nowhere near the 270 mark.
2 – Eno Benjamin OVER 52.5 rushing yards
Finally, after over a year of anticipation, the local boy in Eno Benjamin gets a chance to shine as the RB1 for the Arizona Cardinals. Expect Benjamin to take over the full opportunity to be the lead back and supersede his 52.5 yard rushing prop.
While he has had his spotty performances, Benjamin has also reeled off YPCs for 7.0-plus yards per carry twice this season and a few big runs to go along with it. I’m not expecting that high of a YPC, but he will post some respectable numbers in this one.
3 – Marquise Brown OVER 70.5 receiving yards
Brown has come close to or superseded the 70.5 mark in four of his first five games in 2022. Against one of the league’s worst defenses, look for Brown to once again find himself well over the mark.
In the past three weeks, he logged games of 140, 88, and 78 receiving yards, with his best performance coming in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams. Expect Brown to light up the league once more this week.
Unfortunately, I finished 1-2 in last week’s prop bets, putting me deeper into the red this year. Murray got me, though, with 42 rushing yards, which marked my only win. But the Cardinals scored just two touchdowns, while James Conner broke out and encroached the 43.5 rushing yards mark before leaving the game with an injury.
For the season, I am standing at a measly 6-9 in the props department. So hopefully this week, I can get a bailout, go 3-0, and reach 0.500. We shall see.
(Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change)