The Seattle Seahawks (6-4) are coming off a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Seahawks are now only (2-3) on the road this season. Since losing to Dallas in week six, the Seahawks have not been the same team. They have beat up on weaker opponents but have yet to have another quality win.
The Arizona Cardinals (9-1) continue to astound the experts. Last week, the Cardinals put together another victory, this time beating the Lions in a close contest. It was the first game of the Post-Palmer era, and head-coach Bruce Arians is proving the doubters wrong. The Cardinals never seem to get any respect, and this week is no different. If the Cardinals are going to beat Seattle, they will have to control time of possession.
Seahawks Vs Cardinals Week 12 Odds
Here are the odds from Betonline.ag
Cardinals +7 (-110)
Seahawks -7 (-110)
Seahawks: Russell Wilson and Company have not had a meaningful victory since week three at home against Denver. The Seahawks have beat up on weaker opponents like the Raiders and the Giants, but the Cardinals are a different kind of bird. The Seahawks, against the Chiefs, struggled to stop the run and gave up 190 yards on the ground. If the Seahawks cannot stop the Cardinals on the ground, then they will struggle to control time of possession. In their last home loss against the Cowboys, time of possession was the biggest factor. The Seahawks will have to find a way to stop the ground game of the Cardinals if they are going to keep their playoff hopes alive. The most alarming area for the Seahawks is their lack of weapons at wide-receiver. Russell Wilson has needed to make a lot of plays with his feet, and that is a direct result of the wide-receivers not getting open. Whether poor play-calling or lack of talent is the reason for the Seahawks offensive short comings is irrelevant. The biggest difference from last season to this season is Russell Wilson. Wilson is simply not creating enough plays with his feet to allow for his receivers to get open. If the passing attack of the Seahawks is mundane and the Cardinals are able to focus on stopping Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawk ground game, then the Cardinals will have the advantage.
Cardinals: The Cardinals offense has been good enough this season, but they will need to continue to evolve if they are going to make a long playoff run. Arizona’s offense has played solid, but lacks an elite weapon. The lack of a superstar on offense, however, might benefit Arizona. Opposing defenses cannot focus on any single element of Arizona’s offense. Arizona’s offense does nothing great, but does a lot of things well. The Cardinal’s do not run the ball well, but they do run enough so that opposing defenses have to respect it. This opens up play-action in the passing game. The Cardinals’ passing is not great and quarterback Drew Stanton is merely a game manager, but they take chances down the field and those opportunities pay off. Last week, Stanton connected with wide-receiver Michael Floyd for two touchdowns. The Cardinals two big receivers, Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd give a vertical element to the passing game that is hard for opposing defenses to match-up with. On the defensive side of the ball, the Cardinals are by far the superior team. The run defense of the Cardinals is their greatest strength. If they can stop Marshawn Lynch and force the Seahawks to the air, then the Cardinals will pull off the upset.
The Cardinals are in need of a statement game. No matter what team the Cardinals beat, they never get any respect. The Cardinals have been far and away the best team in this division. Seattle needs this win desperately to stay alive in a tough NFC playoff race. The Cardinals are looking for that big statement win and it does not get any bigger than knocking off the defending champions in their own building. Expect the Cardinals to silence the 12th man by pulling off the upset.
Arizona Cardinals 23 Seattle Seahawks 17