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November 22, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Prediction time: Picking the Seahawks to win a must-win game

For reasons I explain here, Sunday’s game is pretty much a must-win for the Seahawks.

In the good news department, I think they’ll indeed win it.

Here are our picks, and as you can see, I have Seattle beating the Cardinals 21-13

I think the Seahawks will use a defense that is the healthiest it has been since maybe the opener against Green Bay will shut down Arizona’s running attack and put the game in the hands of Drew Stanton. And I think the secondary will make some big plays to create turnovers and turn the game Seattle’s way.

I don’t expect Seattle’s offense to move it all over the place on the Cardinals and I won’t be surprised if the final score is a bit lower than I have predicted.

But while the Seattle players downplayed the idea that this was a win-or-else game, I think they know it is. And that will compel them to play with an uncommon urgency, egged on by a CenturyLink Field crowd that will revive the echoes of 2013 and push the Seahawks to a win that will keep all hopes alive for at least another five days (we’ll worry about the short turnaround for a trip to San Francisco later).

You can also let us know what you think in the poll below:

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