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2020-11-20
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Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals Prediction & Preview


 

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The Seattle Seahawks (6-3) will host the Arizona Cardinals (6-3) on Sunday. The two teams are currently locked in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC West. The Cardinals won the first meeting between the two franchises this year, winning 37-34 in overtime as a 3.5-point underdog on October 25. Seattle took 34-24 lead with 6:44 remaining in the fourth quarter of that game and outgained Arizona 572 to 519 in total yardage. The Cardinals, however, were able to rally to force overtime and go on to get the win.

Hopkins Answers Cardinals Prayers

The Arizona Cardinals bounced back from a 34-31 loss to Miami by dramatically defeating the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Cardinals have now won four of their last five games. The victory was not sealed until the very last play offensive play of the game. Trailing 30-26, Kyler Murray scrambled in the pocket before firing a 43-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the endzone. Hopkins grabbed the hail mary pass against two Bills defenders to give Arizona a 32-30 victory. The Cardinals outgained the Bills 453 to 369 in total yardage for the game, and both teams committed two turnovers.

 

Kyler Murray finished the game going 22 of 32 with 245 yards, one touchdown, and interception passing while adding 61 yards and two touchdowns with his feet. Hopkins was the leading target catching seven passes for 127 yards, including the game-winning score. Kenyan Drake rushed for 100 yards and 16 carries, leading the Cardinals, who racked up 217 rushing yards and averaged 6.2 yards per carry as a team for the game.

Arizona is the seventh highest-scoring team in the league averaging 29.6 points per game this season, and the league's best team in total offense, averaging 425.4 yards per game. The Arizona ground game has also racked up a league-best 168.9 yards rushing and is 13th with 256.6 passing yards per game. Kyler Murray ranks 10th amongst NFL quarterbacks with a 75.1 QBR and has thrown for 2,375 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Murray is also second on his team in rushing with 604 yards and first with 10 rushing touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Kenyan Drake leads the team with 612 rushing yards and averages 4.5 yards per attempt. Hopkins is second in the NFL with 67 catches for 861 yards receiving.

Defensively, the Cardinals allow 23.3 points per game, which are the ninth fewest in the NFL and 370 yards allowed per game, ranking 18th. Arizona has allowed 120.2 rushing yards per game, ranking 17th, and 249.8 passing yards, which is 20th.

Arizona Cardinals Injury Report:

OUT: CB Robert Alford, DE Zach Allen, DT Leki Fotu, OL Marcus Gilbert, LB Isaiah Irving, LB Chandler Jones, CB Kevin Peterson

Questionable: S Buddha Baker, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, DT Rashard Lawrence, S Deionte Thompson, TE Maxx Williams, S Charles Washington, S Jalen Thompson, LB Haason Reddick, DE Jordan Phillips, DT Corey Peters, OL Justin Murray, DE Jordan Phillips 

Seahawks Hope To Get Back On Track At Home

After starting the season 6-3, the Seahawks lost their second straight game with a 23-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. It was Seattle’s third straight road loss and third loss among the last four games overall. The Seahawks were outgained 389 to 333 in total yardage in the loss and were beaten in the turnover battle 3 to 1.

 

Seattle has been the highest-scoring team in the league averaging 32.2 points per game this season. The Seahawks are the league's third-best team in total offense, racking up 405.9 yards per game, but the defense ranks dead last by far, allowing 448.3 yards and 28th allowing 29.6 points.

Quarterback Russell Wilson ranks eighth in the NFL with 76.1 QBR and first with 28 touchdown passes. Wilson has also completed 69.8% of his passes for 2,789 yards and ten interceptions. Against the Rams, Wilson went 22 for 37 with 248 yards and two interceptions. Wilson has struggled recently, throwing seven interceptions and losing three fumbles over the last four games. Wilson's top targets in the passing game are DK Metcalf (45 catches, 816 yards, 8 TDs) and Tyler Lockett (58 catches, 681 yards, 7 TDs).

The running game for Seattle is 13th in the NFL, averaging 116.4 yards per game, and tied for sixth averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Russell Wilson leads the team with 325 rushing yards and 7.2 yards per carry. The team's second-leading rusher is Chris Carson, who is averaging 4.9 yards per attempt and has 323 yards, is probable for Sunday after missing the last three games.

Seattle's defense has been lit up for 353.3 passing yards per game by its opponents, which is 43 yards worse than any other team in the NFL. Against the run, Seattle is fourth-best, holding opponents to 95 yards per game.

Seattle Seahawks Injury Report:

OUT: S Ugo Amadi, S Marquise Blair, RB Patrick Carr, WR Philip Dorsett II, S Lano Hill, LB Bruce Irvin, DE Branden Jackson, DE Benson Mayowa, DE Damontre Moore, RB Rashaad Penny, DE Darrell Taylor, G Chance Warmack

Questionable: DE Rasheem Green, G Phil Haynes, CB Shaquill Griffin, RB Carlos Hyde,, CB Neiko Thorpe, LB K.J Wright, G Jordan Simmons



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