This Sunday, the 23rd of November, in Week 12 of the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals 9-1 (1st NFC West) play at the reigning champions Seattle Seahawks now 6-4 (2nd NFC West) with the game played at Century Link field in Seattle, at 4:05 PM ET, and on Fox TV. The early odds favorites are the Seahawks at -6 ½ with the O/U 42 and ML -290 with the comeback ML +245 on the Cardinals.
With the Cardinals with the best NFL record thus far this season, and Seattle appearing to be out of the playoff picture the Seahawks are early favorites, as many think they are a better team than their record suggests.
The Cardinals only loss this season was to the Denver Broncos and it that game they had to use their 3rd string QB for the most of the 2nd half of the game. Arizona has not just been winning against bad teams, as they have beat the Lion, Cowboys, Eagles, 49’ers and Chargers, and have won 7 of their eight games by at least eight points. The offensive leaders for the Cardinals are QB Palmer who has completed 141 of 224 passes for 1,626 yards and 11touchdowns. RB Ellington has 186 carries for 624 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Receiver Fitzgerald has 46 receptions for 658 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The 6-4 Seahawks have won 3 of their last 6 games, with the worst beating by the Rams in St. Louis, and then to Dallas at Seattle. Seattle QB Wilson won’t have a easy game against the Cardinals defensive secondary, that ranks 5th in the NFL. Leading the offense for the Seahawks are QB Wilson who has completed 182 of 291 passes thrown for 2,019 yards and 13 touchdowns. RB Lynch has 177 carries for 813 yards with 9 touchdowns, while Receiver Baldwin has 44 receptions for 485 yards with 2 touchdowns.
Seahawks QB Wilson since the 19th of October has not average more than 199 yards passing in a game, and all things indicate that will continue against the Cardinals, thus Seattle most likely will look to their running game to advance the ball and the game.
On the Cardinals side of the ball, they have a backup QB in Stanton, but last week against the League’s top defense (Lions), he completed 66 percent of his throws, while throwing 2 touchdowns and with a passer rating of 91.4. Stanton has accepted the challenge of starting QB with wins against the 49’ers and the Lion’s and his Coach Arians believes he can lead the team past Seattle in this game.
This game for those that bet on NFL at a sportbook the predictions is that the Cardinals will beat the Seahawks 20-17. Then next week on Sunday the 30th of Nov., the now 9-1 Cardinals play at the Atlanta Falcons now 4-6 (1st in NFC South) at 4:05 PM ET at the Georgian Dome and on Fox TV. The Seahawks no 6-4 play their next game on Thursday the 27th of Nov, at the San Francisco 49’er now 6-4 (2nd NFC West) with the kickoff at 8:30 PM ET at Levi’s Stadium and on NBC TV.