ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-1) vs. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (0-2)
Finally, the Seattle Seahawks will enter a game with an advantage! And they have proven so far this season that any little advantage is a welcome one.
Cardinals vs. Seahawks
Date/Time: Sunday, September 25, 4:15 PM ET
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Cardinals vs. Seahawks Lines – Arizona -3
Home Sweet Home for the Desperate Seahawks
On Sunday, they welcome a team that they swept last season and one that has been very generous defensively to their opposition so far.
Arizona is a different team this year, make no mistake about it. Kevin Kolb has made a huge difference and has given the Cardinals passing game legitimacy (560 yards in two games) while Beanie Wells has grasped the Lead Back role (5.7 yards per carry so far). He has looked very good in the process. The Cardinals are a balanced offensive unit and will be a handful for a Seattle defense that has been a pleasant surprise this season.
Seattle’s offense has done nothing this year – just 383 total yards in their two games so far. On Sunday, this group will finally get a crack at an underwhelming defense after facing a good San Francisco squad and an elite Pittsburgh D.
Tavaris Jackson should have Sidney Rice back in the fold against the 29th ranked defense (466 yards per game allowed) and the 29th ranked pass defense (343 yards per game allowed). Cam Newton and Rex Grossman shredded the Cardinals – something that is not lost on the Seattle offense.
The running games could determine the outcome of Sunday’s game. Seattle has averaged just 47.5 yards per game this season, 33 yards against Pittsburgh last week. But remember the playoffs last year at home when Marshawn Lynch ran like a man possessed against New Orleans. The home town crowd could spark the stagnant running game again. The Cardinals running game has overachieved so far this season but have the task of facing the league’s 5th best run defense in Seattle (allowing 3.1 yards per carry)
NFL Prediction: Seattle is a completely different team at home and it is a good thing. After two games to open the season on the road, the Hawks will be more than happy to be in a familiar environment. Something tells me that this is Seattle’s week to get off the schnide.
The 12th man is a serious determining factor – the Hawks will rise to the occasion and finally get their first win of the season, ugly or not!
On Sunday, look for the Hawks to win a close, low scoring game 16-14