Play your Cards right
David John fancies the Arizona Cardinals on the handicap in Thursday night's NFL match-up at home to Seattle.
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Seattle at Arizona (0130BST Friday)
Seattle recorded their 11th straight success at home over the weekend with a 20-13 triumph over the Titans to move to 5-1 on the season.
The display was far from pleasing to the eye though, and head coach Pete Carroll has plenty of flaws to try and fix in a limited amount of time as they head to the desert on the dreaded short week for Thursday Night Football.
The Seahawks fumbled the ball five times - they lost two of those to the opposition - and a disastrous botched attempt at a field goal saw Tennessee recover the ball and take it in the other direction for a touchdown.
That shambles left the hosts trailing 10-7 at the half and a restless crowd in the Pacific Northwest showed their displeasure for the first time this season with boos for their team as they went down the tunnel.
There was more fluency in the second half as the offense got into some sort of rhythm to eventually come away with a win - which is ultimately what matters - but this could turn out to be another tough test in what is a divisional match-up.
And I come to that conclusion despite the Cardinals having plenty of flaws of their own - but they do get a workable start on the handicap to make them the bet.
This is a testing part of Arizona's schedule and they managed to hang tough for three quarters on the road last Sunday in San Francisco before finally being sunk 32-20.
The turning point came when top-drawer wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald lost a fumble for the first time since 2007.
But the wheels had threatened to come off for them before the game got going in earnest as quarterback Carson Palmer began their first four drives punt-pick-punt-pick but head coach Bruce Arians stayed loyal to his starter and his final 11 drives in the game saw him go 23-35-293 with two touchdowns.
This remains a fundamentally talented team though, who had over 100 yards rushing against the 49ers with a defense that can force a turnover or get a sack.
So the key again will be Palmer.
His quarterback rating in the last five games has been well below the required standard at this level but back on home soil he can build on the display after his shaky start in the Bay Area - and repay the faith shown in him by his head coach.
He still gives them the best chance of winning this game with the talent on offense at his disposal.
The last time these two met, Seattle came up with a whopping eight turnovers in 58-0 home triumph - but plenty has changed in terms of personnel and coaching staff in the meantime.
Conversely, the Seahawks have lost seven of the last nine on the road in this fixture and that makes me feel the start for the hosts is on the generous side.
Verdict: Seattle 20 Arizona 17