Pick 4: Arizona vs. Seattle and San Diego vs. St. Louis

Pick 4: Arizona vs. Seattle and San Diego vs. St. Louis

The Teaser: Pair Arizona and San Diego

Game 1: Arizona vs. Seattle

The Initial Line:

Arizona +6 away vs. Seattle

The Take:

Add 8.5 points to Arizona’s line

The Final Line:

Arizona +14.5

The Breakdown:

Arizona was able to defeat Detroit at home 14-6, moving to an NFL leading 9-1 record. Two of the best defenses in the league went head-to-head in this one, but it was Arizona’s D that held Detroit to 6 pts and 262 total yards. Drew Stanton also found success against the best defense in the NFL, throwing for 306 yds and 2 TDs. Seattle lost a tight battle in Kansas City Sunday, losing 24-20. They failed to stop Jamaal Charles despite being #1 in the league, as he gained 159 yds and 2 TDs. Russell Wilson had a quality game, throwing for 178 yds and 2 TDs. Marshawn Lynch also added 124 yds on the ground.

Seattle has been dominant at home the last 2 years, only losing 2 games in that span (Arizona defeated them in 2013). However teams have been able to show their weaknesses this season, as Dallas won there and Denver pushed their game to OT against the 12th man. Arizona is on a 6 game winning streak and has the best record in the NFL. Seattle sits at 6-4 but is still a great team all around. This is shaping up to be a great battle, but the fact that the best team in the league is a 6 point underdog is pretty amazing. Getting them in a teaser with extra points makes it almost unfair. These two teams will both be fighting hard in this NFC West showdown, so we should feel great getting Arizona with a 2 TD cushion.

Game 2: San Diego vs. St. Louis

The Initial Line:

San Diego -4.5 home vs. St. Louis

The Take:

Add 8.5 points to San Diego’s line

The Final Line:

San Diego +4

The Breakdown:

San Diego had a much needed win after their bye week, defeating Oakland 13-6. This wasn’t their most dominant performance, but not turning the ball over turned out to be crucial in this one. Philip Rivers threw for 193 yds and a TD, while Ryan Mathews had 70 yds rushing in his return from injury. St. Louis pulled the biggest upset of the weekend at home, defeating Denver 22-7. Shaun Hill earned back the starting job and played well with the opportunity, throwing for 220 yds and a TD. Tre Mason also rushed for 113 yds on the ground. The difference in the game was the turnovers, as Denver had 2 while St. Louis was mistake-free.

San Diego needs to keep winning if they hope to keep pace with Kansas City and Denver, as they sit a game back at 6-4. Philip Rivers is the difference maker, as his performance directly correlates to San Diego’s success. In their 6 wins this season, he has only thrown 1 INT. In their 4 losses, he has thrown 7 INTs. If he can limit the mistakes and keep putting points on the board, they should be able to contain St. Louis’ offensive attack as they rank 6th in pass yds allowed and 12th in rush yds allowed. Expect San Diego to get another home win this weekend, but in case it’s close and St. Louis pulls off the late victory get the extra FG cushion.

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