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National Football League action on Sunday afternoon and a pair of teams from the NFC West will square off as the Arizona Cardinals grapple with the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washinton. The Seahawks won the first meeting by a score of 20-17.
The Cardinals enter this game off a 31-9 home loss to the Rams, while the Seahawks are off a 38-31 home win over the Chiefs.
It’s Almost Over Arizona
It has been a long season for the Arizona Cardinals, but thankfully for the team from the desert, it’s almost over. Arizona enters this game off a 31-9 home loss to the Rams and it was their 3rd loss in a row while putting their overall season record to 3-12. Two of their wins this year have come against the Niners and the other one was on the road against the Packers. That last one cost Mike McCarthy his job in Green Bay. The offense has been a mess this year, but even worse of late as they have averaged just 8.67 ppg over their last three games.
That is some pathetic offense there. The Cards put up just 263 yards of total offense in their losses to the Rams. Josh Rosen continues to have a rough rookie season as he threw for just 87 yards against the Rams and has now thrown for 2129 yards with 10 TDs and 14 INTs on the year. His QBR of 66.0 is 32nd in the league. David Johnson ran for 1239 yards two years ago, but he has not had a great season this year. He put up just 35 yards on the Rams and has now rushed for 878 yards on the year. The defense has not been terrible this year, but it has struggled the last two weeks as they have allowed 71 points and 448 ypg in those games. Not good at all. The rush defense is the worst in the league and they will be taking on the league’s top rushing attack. Also, not good.
The Cardinals enter this game ranked 32nd in the league in total offense (244.5 ypg), 32nd in passing (160.7 ypg), 32nd in rushing (83.8 ypg) and 32nd in scoring, putting up 13.4 ppg. On defense, they come in ranked 19th in yards allowed (363.3 ypg), 5th against the pass (210.2 ypg), 32nd against the run (153.1 ypg) and 27th in points allowed at 26.5 ppg.
Seahawks Clinch Playoff Berth
It has not been a great year for the Seattle Seahawks, but at least they know that they will be apart of the NFL’s postseason tournament. Last week, the Seahawks took on the Chiefs at home, and they won that game by a score of 38-31. It was a great game that went back-and-forth all night long. That win put them at 9-6 on the year, and it enabled them to clinch a wildcard slot in the NFC. The Seahawks missed out on the playoffs last year, after making it the previous five seasons. Seattle has played very well down the stretch as they have won five of their last six games and will now look to secure the 5th spot with a win.
Seattle is not known as an offensive juggernaut, but they put up 38 points and 454 yards against the Chiefs. Seattle has now averaged 21.0 ppg over their last five games and will take aim at a struggling Arizona defense. The Cards are last in the league against the run, and that sets up nicely for the Seahawks, who have the top rushing attack in the league. They have been led by Chris Carson, who has rushed for 1029 yards on the year, including 235 in his last two games. Russell Wilson has had a solid season as he has thrown for 329 yards with 34 TDs and just six INTs on the year. Wilson’s QBR of 112.7 is 3rd in the league. The defense got lit up pretty well last week, but facing the KC offense is a lot tougher than the one they will face this week. If the Seahawks win this game, then they get the number five seed. They could also get it with a loss and a Viking’s loss. Both teams play at the same time, so we should see all of Seattle’s starters in there for the start of this one.
The Seahawks check in at 18th in the league in total offense (357.5 ypg), 27th in passing (198.9 ypg), 1st in rushing (158.5 ypg) and 6th in scoring, putting up 26.7 ppg. On defense, they come in ranked 20th in yards allowed (363.7 ypg), 20th against the pass (248.6 ypg), 16th against the run (115.1 ypg) and 12th in points allowed at 21.5 ppg.
- 25-9-3 ATS in their last 37 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game
- 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game
- 8-18-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous gam