Week 7: Seattle Seahawks 5:30 p.m. NBC Sunday Night Football
Once again, the Cardinals will face the Seahawks on national television on Sunday Night Football. You knew it was going to happen. This will be the third season in a row these two have tangoed on NBC.
Last year’s game on NBC was in Seattle, which saw the Cardinals defeat the Seahawks 39-32 in one of the more exciting games of the season. The Cardinals then got blown out at home 36-6 in the season finale, very reminiscent of the NBC game a year before in which the Cardinals lost 35-6 to the Seahawks at home.
The good news: Last year’s blowout was a game the Cardinals didn’t really care about in the first place. Well, for three-fourths of it anyway. The Cardinals knew even winning likely made them go on the road to face the Carolina Panthers, so they gave it an effort for the first quarter but after that the game was over. You won’t see that kind of effort in the first matchup this season.
The bad news: The Seahawks have won in Arizona each of the last three seasons. The last Cardinals victory in Arizona against the Seahawks was in Russell Wilson’s rookie debut in 2012.
Prediction: It is hard to predict how these matchups are going to go. Seattle is again going to be a tough opponent to beat. Some believe they are still better than Arizona. Maybe 2015 was a “down” year for the Hawks at 10-6? We’ll see. I’ll give the Cardinals the benefit of the doubt. They are due for a win against the Hawks in Arizona.
Cardinals 28 Seahawks 27
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