Well, in this shortest of possible NFL weeks, we are already to the point where it’s time to weigh in on what will happen in the game tomorrow.
Any NFL game leaves lots of reasons to be concerned, and especially a road game, though the Seahawks seemed to have mostly solved that issue — nobody wins every road game and everybody has more difficult winning away from home. but Seattle has won four of its last five regular-season road contests dating to last season, appearing to show that merely being on the road isn’t a huge issue anymore.
More relevant is that Arizona has a good run defense (fifth in the NFL at just over 90 per game) which could cause the Seahawks some problems. If Arizona contains Seattle’s run, it will put the onus on the passing game — which is more prone to inconsistency due to the issues up front — to make some plays to move the offense.
And while Arizona’s offense has been sporadic, the Cardinals did gain 403 yards at San Francisco last Sunday — RB Andre Ellington is improving and WR Larry Fitzgerald remains a beast, sore hamstrings or not.
Still, I like Seattle’s chances in this one. I know I’ve picked Seattle in every game this season. On the other hand, that also means I’m 5-1 on the season, probably my best percentage ever in picking games.
Arizona appears the epitome of a .500 team. The Seahawks, even if sometimes bumbling more than fans would like, have won 10 of their last 11 regular season games, and are 16-6 since the beginning of the 2012 season.
They also will have the best quarterback on the field as Russell Wilson is minimizing errors while also greatly reducing the issues up front with his ability to run.
Arizona’s Carson Palmer, meanwhile, has already thrown 11 interceptions. If he stays to that average and throws two more against the Seahawks, it’s hard to see Seattle not winning.
Call it Seattle 21-17.
Now go ahead and tell me your pick in the comments section.