Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals: NFL Sunday Night Football Schedule, Predictions, Stream & Preview
We've got a huge NFL Game on Sunday Night Football. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals will face off in a must watch NFC West divisional game. This match has huge playoff implications. The winner of this game could very well go on to win the division.
Arizona Cardinals (6-2)
The Cardinals sit atop the NFC West at the moment at 6-2. Let's not forget that last season the Cardinals were a perfect 6-0 before Carson Palmer tore his ACL. Hopefully Palmer can stay healthy this season, and we have an exciting race to the finish.
Like the Seahawks, the Cardinals are coming off a bye week. They're the road team, and despite playing the defending NFC Champions, they're the favorites. Larry Fitzgerald has found the fountain of youth this year. The future Hall of Fame wide receiver leads the team with 706 receiving yards and seven touchdown grabs. The addition of Chris Johnson has been an outstanding one. Johnson is averaging 84.5 rushing yards per game. Lack of a running game has hindered the Cardinals team in the past many times.
It looks like we're going to be in for a good defensive battle on Sunday night. The Cardinals defense ranks first in interceptions forced, and they know how to stop the run.
The Cardinals face the Cincinnati Bengals next week.
Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
After a disappointing 0-2 start, the Seahawks have won four of their last six games. This game couldn't be bigger for Pete Carroll's squad as they only have one divisional win this season. Last year the Seahawks swept the Cardinals, but this won't be easy. Russell Wilson is taking way too many hits in and out of the pocket, and that's a growing concern. Wilson has been sacked a league-high 31 times. Last season Wilson was sacked 42 times in 16 games. He's on pace for over 60 sacks this season.
The Seahawks may not have that same incredibly elite defensive team from two years ago, but this unit is certainly getting the job done. The Seahawks defense ranks No. 2 in yards and points allowed this season. However, it is somewhat surprising to see the Seahawks rank 29th in interceptions forced. Richard Sherman should be paired up with Fitzgerald for much of the game.
Although the Seahawks have represented the NFC in the last two Super Bowls, some fans just aren't convinced this is the same Seahawks team. The Seahawks have blown multiple fourth quarter leads, and they have yet to defeat a single team with a winning record this season.
The Seahawks face the San Francisco 49ers next week.
The Seahawks and Cardinals will play each other on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC. The game will be played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. You can watch a live game stream here.
The Cardinals have the superior record, and they are the better team on paper, but the Seahawks have to win this one. They can't drop to 4-5 and expect to win the NFC West 3.5 games behind the Cardinals. Home field advantage will play a huge factor in a close game.
Seahawks win 23-20
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