As we enter the final week of the NFL regular season, some teams still have a lot to play for while others have started looking towards the offseason.
Two teams that have a lot on the line this week are the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, who will play each other on Sunday afternoon at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The game is scheduled to start at 4:05 PM. ET.
The Seahawks lost their NFC West crown to the Cardinals this season, after a disappointing 2-4 start to the season. At 9-6, the Seahawks managed to clinch the final playoff berth in the NFC, and have a chance to improve their playoff seed with a win and a Minnesota loss.
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One of the reasons the Seahawks find themselves back in the playoffs has been the play of Russell Wilson in recent weeks. After a slow start to the year, Wilson has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league during the second half of the season.
The Arizona Cardinals are considered by some to be the best team in the NFL this season, and they have a very good chance to clinch the top seed in the playoffs after the Carolina Panthers lost their first game of the season last week.
The Cardinals still need the Panthers to lose another game in order to clinch the top spot in the NFC playoffs.
Head coach Bruce Arians said earlier this week that he wasn’t going to bench his starters for this game, so expect the Cardinals to be ready for this game.
This game is going to feature two of the best defenses in the league this season, but both teams also have very good offenses, which should make this a very interesting game.
Even with all the injuries they have dealt with on defense this season, the Seahawks are holding opponents to 18.1 points per game, which is the third best average in the league.
Offensively, the Seahawks traded for Jimmy Graham in the offseason, but he didn’t produce as much as the team expected before he went down with a season ending injury.
Despite the injury to Graham, the Seattle offense has hit its stride and is one of the most dangerous in the NFL right now. The team is averaging 25.8 points per game, which is 8th in the league this season.
The Cardinals are arguably the most complete team in the league. Offensively, they are averaging 32.2 points per game, which is the best in the league, and on defense, they are holding opponents to 18.5 points per game, which is 5th in the league.
The last meeting between these teams was a high scoring nail biter and fans can only hope the rematch is just as good.
Cardinals vs Seahawks Betting Lines
The Cardinals have dominated three of their last four opponents, and I expect to see more of the same this week. Arizona wins big and covers the spread.
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