NFL Gridiron Guide: Take the Seahawks over the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football

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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch runs the Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch runs the ball as the Indianapolis Colts' Jerrell Freeman tackles him from behind at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Oct. 6, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty

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John Boell Newsday sports writer John Boell

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at CARDINALS (3-2), 8:25 p.m.

Seahawks by 6.5; O/U: 40.5

TV: NFL Radio: WFAN (660, 101.9), joined in progress

Quick, do you remember what happened the last time Seattle and Arizona played, in December?

I bet the Cardinals do! Arizona suffered a 58-0 loss. Fifty-eight to nuttin'! It was the fourth-largest shutout in the NFL since 1940.

I can tell you why I remember: I took Arizona on the road getting 10.5 points. It was the worst pick of my young Gridiron Guide career. (The only picks that have been worse since have been my Giants selections and non-selections this season. I'm just like the G-Men: I'm 0-6 picking with and against Big Blue in 2013!)

While this isn't the best of divisional matchups, any time you get to see a team as solid as the Seahawks, it's good TV. However, Seattle has struggled in the desert: It's 1-6 ATS (against the spread) in its last seven games at Arizona.

But the 'Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven as a favorite of 8 or fewer points. I know the Cards have covered three of their last four at home, but they are 2-5 ATS in their last seven vs. the NFC West. I'll take the better team on a short week.

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