SEAHAWKS (5-1) AT CARDINALS (3-3)
Line: SEA by 6.5
Cote’s pick: SEA 24-13
TV: 8:25 p.m. Thursday, NFL Network
This looms as a better matchup and more watchable game than you might think at first glance. Seattle has lost its past two trips to the ’Zona desert and six of its past seven – a trend to reckon seriously. And the fact the Seahawks won these teams’ most recent meeting 58-0 (last December in Seattle) assures the Cardbirds will be highly motivated for a little prime-time revenge. I think the Cacti can put up a fight defensively. What I don’t think is that Arizona’s offense will do much at all. Carson Palmer has thrown nine interceptions in his past four games, and the ’Hawks secondary led by CB Richard Sherman plays pass-D as well as any team in the NFL. Consider that Larry Fitzgerald was targeted 22 times in last year’s two matchups but held to five catches for 65 yards and no TDs. Like a rich dessert, this upset pick is tempting but you’d best refuse it.