Seahawks vs. Cardinals
The battle for the NFC West seemed very one sided just a couple of weeks ago, but with the Cardinals having won back to back contests they are now 3-3 and looking to score a win against the NFC West leader the Seattle Seahawks.
If the Cardinals win at home it would mean they would only be within a half game of Seattle. But this wonít be an easy thing to achieve, the Seahawks are on a roll and they have a winning record against Arizona at home leading the series 3-0.
Both teams have strong defensive lineups, and the game should be close, proof of that is how close the pro football gambling line is, www.AceSportsbook.com has the Cardinals as 2 point favorites and mostly because they are playing at home.
The Seattle Seahawks have made themselves one of the toughest teams in the NFL this season, however, there is a lot of improvement for them in regards to their offense, they are currently ranked 16th in total defense, with an average of 352.6 yards per game, they have managed to compensate a lot with their extraordinary defense which is only allowing an average of 283.6 yards per game. But even their defense showed some weakness last week against the Falcons who almost won the game scoring 24 points, 21 of those were unanswered points in the third quarter.
Russell Wilson, the Seahawks quarterback is having a good year, he currently has the second highest passer rating not for the season but for the entire NFL history! So we can safely say he is not the problem with the Seattle offence, yet they continue to have a hard time scoring, which opens up a lot of opportunities for the Cardinals.
The Seahawks main objective this week will be to stop running back David Johnson and wide receiver Michael Floyd who popped up again on the field this past Monday night. Floyd was the one who ripped the Seahawks last year with seven catches for 113 yards, this game was also on Sunday Night. Could this year be a repeat?
David Johnson plowed his way through the field last week with an outstanding 157 rushing yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns. The 24-year old is ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards per game. However, the Cardinals are not playing the Jets this week, and going up against the Seattle defense that is only giving up 15.6 points and 74.6 rushing yards per game will put the Cardinals offence to the test.
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will need to use his passing game more effectively in this match, he cannot rely on his rushing game against such a tight defense. Lucky for him he has a lot of talent on the field he can throw to, players like Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jaron Brown and of course Michael Floyd, all of whom have reached the 100 receiving yard mark this season.
The game will be a lot closer than either team would like, in the end the Cardinals will prevail and win the game 24-21, covering the spread.