Arizona Cardinals: 5 reasons why they beat the Seahawks

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Jan 3, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws a pass as offensive tackle Jared Veldheer (68) blocks Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals face the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium

The Arizona Cardinals have won their last two games to even their record at 3-3.  Now a true test comes to town in the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks have won their last three games in Arizona.

Not only have the Seahawks won their last three in Arizona, they have all been convincing wins. Last season the Cardinals dropped the regular season finale 36-6 in Glendale.  The Cardinals didn’t have a lot to play for, so they sat most of their starters in the second half once it was clear they were too far behind to comeback.

In 2014, the Cardinals didn’t have Carson Palmer against the Seahawks.  They didn’t even have Drew Stanton.  He was out with an injury as well.  The Cardinals had to rely on Ryan Lindley and it wasn’t pretty.  That Sunday Night Football affair ended in a 35-6 loss for the Cardinals.

In 2013, the setting was on Thursday Night Football.  It was just seven games into the Bruce Arians-era in Arizona.  The Cardinals had not found an identity yet.  That resulted in a 34-22 Seahawks victory and the game wasn’t even as close as the score indicated.

Now the Cardinals have Palmer, they have a reason to give it their all.  They are a game and a half behind the Seahawks.  A loss seemingly ends any hope of winning the NFC West.  A win however puts them a half-game behind and sets up a great race in the second half of the season.

Here are five reasons why the Cardinals will win on Sunday night.  The Cardinals have won two of the last three in Seattle against the Seahawks but now it’s time to turn the tables at home.

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