Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks Preview, Prediction


The Arizona Cardinals (9-1) vs Seattle Seahawks (6-3)

The Arizona Cardinals return to the scene of their biggest 2013 victory.  They go back to the northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks, where they came away with a 17-10 victory last December.  This will be their first meeting in 2014.

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In that game Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw four interceptions but they came over it and the defense clamped up to preserve the victory.  Both teams come in battered but some of the injured may play.  Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be a game time decision.  Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will play despite missing practice most of the week.

Game time: 2:05 p.m. Arizona time (1:05 pm in Seattle)

Location: Seattle, WA

Stadium: Century Link Stadium

TV: FOX 10 (Phoenix) Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), John Lynch (color analyst)

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Ron Wolfley (color analyst), Paul Calvisi (sideline reporter); Sirius XM Internet 800 – Cardinals feed, Sirius XM Internet 85 (Internet 826)– Seahawks feed

Live Stream: Watch NFL Live

Ticket info: Arizona Cardinals click here

Keys to victory

For the Cardinals offense, they need to run the ball.  Running back Andre Ellington needs to get better production than he has the past two weeks with 28 and 42 yards respectively.  He was limited in practice again this week.

As for the Cardinals defense, they need to contain Lynch.  He ran for 124 yards last week and 140 yards and four touchdown two weeks ago.  The Seahawks are first in rushing in the NFL with 175 yards a game.  The Cardinals only give up 80 yard rushing a game, third in the NFL.  Something will give.  They also need to contain Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.  They have a pretty good idea of what he can do but it is easier said than done.

Betting odds

Point spread: Seattle -7.5

Money line: Seattle -350, Arizona +305

O/U: 41


Arizona 23 Seattle 21