Arizona is favored by as many as 6.5 points against the Seahawks Sunday.

Share story

The Seattle Seahawks are likely to enter Sunday’s game at Arizona as big of an underdog as they have been for any game since 2012.

The point spread on the Arizona-Seattle game has grown to favor the Cardinals by as much as 6.5 points after opening at 3.5 points.

That would be the widest spread against the Seahawks since a game at San Francisco on Oct. 18, 2012, when Seattle was a 7.5-point underdog. That was just seven games into Russell Wilson’s career, a contest the Seahawks lost 13-6.

Seattle has been an underdog just eight times since then, just six times in the regular season. Two of those came this year when Seattle was a three-point underdog at both Green Bay and Cincinnati. Seattle lost to the Packers 27-17 and to the Bengals in overtime 27-24.

Seattle has been favored in every other game this season.

The Arizona game figures to mark the first time Seattle has been an underdog by more than three points since that 2012 San Francisco game.

Before this season, Seattle had twice been a three-point underdog since that SF game in 2012 — at Chicago late in the 2012 season and then in the divisional playoff game against at Atlanta. The Seahawks covered both of those spreads, beating the Bears 23-17 in overtime and losing to the Falcons 30-28.

Seattle was an underdog once each of the last two seasons, each at San Francisco. Seattle was a 2.5-point underdog when the 49ers won 19-17, and a one-point underdog last Thanksgiving when the Seahawks won 19-3.

The Seahawks also were an underdog for the Super Bowl against Denver.

Add it up, and the Seahawks have gone 6-1-1 against the spread as an underdog since that San Francisco game, a trend they’ll hope continues Sunday.