Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
Date and Time: Sunday, 11/23/14 at 4:25pm (EST) on FOX
Game Line: Seattle -7 (from WagerWeb)
Sunday NFL Analysis: The 9-1 Arizona Cardinals travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on the 6-4 Seattle Seahawks in a pivotal NFC West battle.
Well the Arizona Cardinals got it done again last Sunday with a 14-6 win over the Detroit Lions. Drew Stanton hit wide receiver Michael Floyd for 2 early touchdowns and that proved to be enough as Arizona’s defense held Detroit to just 262 total yards and sacked quarterback Matthew Stafford 4 times. The Cardinals defense was also impressive on 3rd down, as Detroit was successful on only 33% of their 3rd down attempts. Arizona is a team that doesn’t beat themselves, and the offense takes their shots down field with deep threat rookie wide receiver John Brown. Arizona is also tied for 2nd in the league with a +11 turnover ratio.
The Seattle Seahawks come in to Sunday’s matchup at 6-4, and are coming off a 24-20 loss at Kansas City snapping a 3 game win streak. Seattle has had some struggles in the passing game, and has failed to gain over 200 yards passing in their last 4 games. Russell Wilson might not be getting it done through the air, but he’s making a difference with his legs with 571 yards rushing this season. Running back Marshawn Lynch is starting to get it going as well, with 813 yards on the season and averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Trading deep threat Percy Harvin might be the reason for the lack of big plays in the passing game, but Wilson is still making plays regardless.
Seattle’s defense is definitely not as dominant as last season, and that’s evident by the number of times they’ve gotten to the quarterback, which is 13, ranked near the bottom of the league. Arizona was the only team that beat the Seahawks in CenturyLink field last season, and I think they remember that. That win was with Carson Palmer behind center, and now with Drew Stanton, you have to wonder how he’ll handle the hostile environment in Seattle. I’m sure the defending champs have to feel disrespected with all the talk of Arizona being the best team in the NFC, and I think we get an inspired effort from the Seattle defense on Sunday. Sure, Stanton is 3-1 as a starter this season, but on the road he’s been less than impressive, completing just 45% of his passes for 285 yards. Some may think they’re getting a gift with Arizona, a team that’s 8-2 against the number getting 7 points against a division rival. The line is that way for a reason, and I think Seattle makes a statement on Sunday with a convincing win.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Free Picks: Seattle -7, Under 42.5
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Game Prediction: Seattle 24 – Arizona 10