The Seattle Seahawks used the final day of 2023 to let us down just one more time for the year by losing at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, quite literally fumbling away their chance at controlling their playoff destiny. Now, they face the Arizona Cardinals in the final game of the season and hope that they get an assist from the NFC North for the second consecutive year.
Let’s take a look at some of this week’s prop bets from our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook!
Both teams to score 25+ points, Yes (+300)
This might seem like a reach but hear me out. Yes, I’m aware that the Seahawks haven’t scored 25+ points since the Cowboys game in Week 13. However, Geno Smith missed two out of the four games where they scored below that threshold and was coming off a two-week layoff in another of those games. Last week, they fell just short with 23 points. Arizona has given up 25+ points in three straight games. I think Seattle can get the needed points this week.
As for Arizona, they scored 25+ points in two of the last three games including contests against the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles. There’s also the fact that the Seahawks defense has been pretty piss-poor this season. Jordyn Brooks will play this week which means the run defense should theoretically improve. I just don’t trust Seattle’s defense to hold up their end of the bargain based on recent performance. I’d love to be wrong, though.
Arizona Cardinals to score first and lose, Yes (+330)
Let’s keep piling on the Seahawks defense, shall we? Seattle has no problem putting their defense out there first – even when winning the coin toss – to generally suboptimal results. The opposing team has scored first in the last six games, including four times on the opening drive. I’m about 60/40 that Seattle will win this game but am basically expecting it to be in line with the last month or so with the Seahawks having to play from behind early on.
James Conner: Alternate rushing + receiving yards, 100+ (+145)
Okay, so I’m still going with the theme of not trusting Seattle’s defense. It could really blow up in my face, but if Seattle wins as a result, oh well.
James Conner has had 100+ scrimmage yards in three of the last four games with the only outlier being an 89 yard performance against the stout San Francisco 49ers defense. He’s played four career games against Seattle and has yet to eclipse the century mark for total yards. However, Conner had 99 and 93 yards in two of those matchups so it’s not like the Seahawks have shut him down completely. And let’s be real, Seattle hasn’t shut any running game down completely giving up 150+ yards on the ground in five of the last six games. The defensive effort against the Steelers was shameful so maybe it will light a fire under them. Then again, can they really plug all of those holes in just one week? Conner will test that.
If you really don’t believe in Seattle’s ability to shut down Conner, you could up the ante at 125+ yards (+370).