It’s not week 17
Many believe the Cardinals, should they have had something to play for in week 17 of the 2015 season, would have put up a much bigger fight. The Cardinals came out with little fire and fell behind quickly.
While the Cardinals fell flat and did remove starters in the second half, they did still have a slim hope when the game started that they could gain home-field advantage over the Panthers, who were playing at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
When it became apparent that the Bucs were no match for the Panthers, trailing 24-3 at halftime and the Cardinals trailing the Seahawks 30-6 at the same time, there was no hope left.
It wasn’t all Cardinals though, let’s be honest. The Seahawks came in and did a great job as well. I don’t like taking credit away where it is due. The Seahawks kicked their butt that day and am not sure the Cardinals could have still won but it likely would have been closer.
Now the Cardinals have Palmer and company playing with a lot on the line. While never guaranteeing a win because it is the Seahawks after all, it should be a much closer game this time around.