While the Seattle Seahawks appear to be poised for more success than the Arizona Cardinals in 2013, the Cardinals still pose a threat to their NFC West rivals.
Arizona has a chance to beat the Seahawks in 2013, and the games between the two teams will be intense. To get another unique perspective on how the games between the Seahawks and Cardinals will play out and to get another perspective on how the NFC West will turn out, we interviewed Keith Myers, the editor of FanSided’s Seahawks blog, 12th Man Rising.
What did Myers have to say about the upcoming season? Here is the interview we conducted with Myers.
Can the Cardinals steal a game from the Seahawks?
“This is the NFL, so any team can “steal” a game from anyone. Any given Sunday, right?
Talent wise, Arizona is underrated in my view. The defensive talent is solid, and I like how the Cardinals have revamped the offensive line this offseason. I think the Cardinals will surprise a lot of teams, and I hope that one of those teams isn’t the Seahawks.”
“That’s a very tough question. Both teams had great offseasons, but they were very different. Arizona has an all new coaching staff and front office, and it’s difficult to evaluate that compared to on-field talent changes. I also really like the pair of guards that the Cardinals drafted. The Cardinals might be the most underhyped team in the NFL right now.
Seattle, on the other hand, is probably the most hyped team. It’s very weird. We’re used to the Seahawks being overlooked, but I can understand the excitement around this team. The Seahawks were a legitimate Super Bowl contender last season, and then added Percy Harvin, the top two free agent-pass rushers and a draft class of 11 high ceiling players.”
“Definitely, but things have to break correctly for that to happen. Russell Wilson must stay healthy, and the Seahawks’ defense must hold it together while the team waits for the return of edge rushers Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons. If those two things happen, the talent is certainly in place for this team to win a title this year.”
“I’m going to have to go with Seattle. The 49ers took a small step backwards a year ago, and I think that trend will continue, especially with the loss of 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree to injury. It’ll be tough, though, as the Rams are going to be tougher than people expect and could also contend for a playoff spot. The Cardinals are no pushovers either. This is easily the toughest division in football, which will make it very tough for any team to win a lot of in-division games.”