RZ: With the playoff seeding still in play, do you see the Seahawks playing everyone even in a game they are likely to win against the Cardinals?
Vowell: Carroll has said he is not resting his starters but I think Seattle should. A loss to the Cardinals (or a win for that matter) doesn’t really affect anything for Seattle except playoff seeding. Either way, Seattle has to play on the road for the first round of the playoffs. To me it makes more sense to not play Wilson and Carson and Doug Baldwin and risk them to injury in a game that doesn’t matter.
RZ: What is your prediction and why?
Vowell: Even when the Seahawks need to beat the Cardinals Seattle’s offense seems to struggle against Arizona. I also think that even if the Seahawks starters do play it would only be early in the game. I can see Arizona winning simply because their starters play longer in the game. I don’t think Arizona is the better team but they could win because Seattle doesn’t have to.
He makes a valid point on the prediction of Sunday’s game. Arizona could definitely win depending on how Seattle plays it.
That certainly does not mean Arizona is better. They aren’t, although Arizona should have defeated the Seahawks back in September in Arizona when both teams were healthy.
Nevertheless, the Cardinals have their hands full, just like they do every week. Carroll is going to be around for awhile with the Seahawks as well.
For Seattle there is next week. For the Cardinals, after Sunday, it’s time to start preparing for the offseason and 2019.