The Arizona Cardinals will be trying to keep the Seattle Seahawks out of the playoffs when they meet on Sunday afternoon. The game will be played at CenturyLink Stadium, and is scheduled to begin at 4:25 PM. ET.
Seahawks vs Cardinals Odds
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Point Spread and Over/Under
- Arizona Cardinals +9.5
- Seattle Seahawks -9.5
- Over/Under 39
Arizona Cardinals Analysis…
The Arizona Cardinals were expected to compete for the NFC West division title this year, but injuries to running back David Johnson and quarterback Carson Palmer derailed their season.
Despite the injuries, the Cardinals were still competitive and still have a chance to finish at .500 with a win over their division rivals.
The Cardinals are coming off a shutout win over the New York Giants, and will like to end the season on a high note.
They picked off Eli Manning twice in the win, and held the Giants to 43 rushing yards.
Against the Seahawks, they will need their defense to play with the same intensity, but their offense will need to play better than they did on Sunday.
Drew Stanton threw for 209 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Even though the Seahawks have a depleted secondary, Stanton will need to take better care of the ball to avoid giving the Seahawks good field position and easy scoring opportunities, like the Dallas Cowboys did last week.
If they protect the ball and the defense keeps pressure on Russell Wilson, they should be able to get the win.
Seattle Seahawks Analysis…
The Seahawks are currently in seventh position in the NFC playoff standings, and a win over the Cardinals will keep their playoff hopes alive. However, they will need some help from the Carolina Panthers to get in the playoffs.
If the Panthers defeat the Atlanta Falcons in their season finale, it will give the Falcons a 9-7 record, allowing the Seahawks to jump over them in the playoff standings and clinch the final spot.
In their last game, the Seahawks defense was atrocious, with the team gaining less than 160 total yards in the game.
Fortunately for Seattle, their defense was in great form and forced turnovers that put the offense in good scoring positions, which they took advantage of.
With the Seahawks playing at home, their offense needs to step up and take some pressure off the defense of they want to get back into the playoffs.
Seattle will also need to get their ground game going to make life easier for Wilson in this game. Wilson, who also leads the team in rushing yards has taken a beaten this year thanks to a bad offensive line and a poor running game.
If they want to win in the playoffs, they need their running backs to step up so Wilson doesn’t get battered by opposing defenses. However, they have to start with the Cardinals on Sunday.
The Seahawks have the better team and desperately need the win, but they won’t cover the spread. Take Arizona +9.5, and the under in this one.
Play: Cardinals +9.5