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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports NFL reporter Lindsay H. Jones reveals the highest matchups for the upcoming week.
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When the schedule got here out, people in Seattle and Phoenix pointed to the Seahawks-Cardinals sport on Thursday evening as a pivotal one within the NFC West.

Forget that: Arizona, stricken by accidents and mediocre play, has been an enormous disappointment.

Indeed, the Seahawks have not precisely been world beaters, both, bothered by premature penalties and a sporadic badault.

This is a chance for Seattle to maintain near the division-leading Rams, who type of have a bye as they face the powerless Texans. Are the Seahawks as much as it?

Star linebacker Bobby Wagner has no doubts, and even finds a profit to taking part in the Cardinals on a brief week.

“Yeah, because you don’t have to relearn a new offense, like you have seen this team a handful of times,” Wagner mentioned.

“We got a lot of film on them, so that’s what helps us. They know us, we know them, and it’s just who can remember what they did the fastest.”

The Arizona roster Wagner and cohorts will face in fact is not all that recognizable with Carson Palmer and David Johnson sidelined.

But newcomer Adrian Peterson has had two huge video games operating the ball and can get all of Seattle’s consideration.

“I think this is a style of offense where he is excelling really well in because he is a very patient runner, and this is a patient kind of run game,” Wagner mentioned.

“It is just crunching and just waiting for someone to pop out of their gap. He does a good job of finding it, but I feel like we have been very disciplined when we played him, and we understand the problems that he kind of presents when we play him. If we stay gap sound, we should be fine.”

Seattle (No. 10 in AP Professional32) is a 6-point alternative at No. 23 Arizona.

SEAHAWKS, 19-12

KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIP

OK, we get a mulligan. Due to deadlines, the surefire decide of Houston final week was made the day earlier than Deshaun Watson went down. Does anybody this facet of Chuck Pagano badume we might have picked the Colts?

Hoping that Matthew Stafford doesn’t have the identical situation this week, we’ll go along with DETROIT.

No. 24 Houston (plus 10) at No. Four Los Angeles Rams

Without Watson, Texans don’t have any offense. And no probability.

BEST BET: RAMS, 27-10

No. eight Dallas (plus Three) at No. 16 Atlanta

Two groups headed in reverse instructions. Go with the group pointing upward.

UPSET SPECIAL: Cowboys, 30-20

No. 20 New York Jets (minus 2 1-2) at No. 29 Tampa Bay

Actually toyed with this as Best Bet.

JETS, 26-17

No. 6 New Orleans (minus Three) at No. 13 Buffalo

Actually toyed with this as Upset Special.

BILLS, 24-23

No. 2 Pittsburgh (minus 7 1-2) at No. 28 Indianapolis

Did not toy with this for Upset Special. But did for Best Bet.

STEELERS, 38-13

No. Three New England (minus 6) at No. 25 Denver

Patriots usually wrestle in Mile High City. Not this time.

PATRIOTS, 27-16

No. 5 Minnesota (minus 1) at No. 14 Washington

Redskins seemed so good in Seattle, but in addition are so banged-up.

VIKINGS, 20-17

No. 18 Green Bay (plus 5) at No. 26 Chicago

Cheeseheads are placing their religion in Wisconsin Badgers now.

BEARS, 13-9

No. 22 Miami (plus eight) at No. 9 Carolina, Monday evening

Another prime-timer for Dolphins, who have not actually earned it.

PANTHERS, 20-14

No. 21 Los Angeles Chargers (plus Four 1-2) at No. 11 Jacksonville

We may see Chargers sneaking away with this one.

JAGUARS, 21-20

No. 27 Cincinnati (plus 5 1-2) at No. 12 Tennessee

If Titans count on to win AFC South, they can not stumble in this type of matchup.

TITANS, 23-16

No. 21 Cleveland (plus 10) at No. 15 Detroit

First win for Browns? Not occurring.

LIONS, 27-12

No. 30 New York Giants (minus 1) at No. 31 San Francisco

First win for Niners? Maybe. Or perhaps not.

GIANTS, 17-13

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2017 RECORD:

Last week: Against unfold (5-6-1). Straight up (6-7)

Season Totals: Against unfold (60-63-Three). Straight up: (80-52)

Best Bet: 5-Four towards unfold, 7-2 straight up.

Upset particular: 6-Three towards unfold, 6-Three straight up

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