National Football League on Sunday evening and we will see a pair of teams from the NFC West square off as the Seattle Seahawks battle it out with the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks enter this game at 5-0 on the year while the Cardinals enter this contest at 4-2. These teams split the two meetings last year with the road team winning both games.
Seahawks Are Looking To Stay PerfectThe Seattle Seahawks have jumped out to a 5-0 start this year, and they hope to stay perfect after this one. It will not be easy as the Cardinals are an improved team, and they have been hot of late. The Seahawks come in off a bye week, and before the week off, they took out the Vikings by a score of 27-26. Seattle was down 13-0 at the half in that game before reeling off 21 straight points to start the 3rd quarter. The Vikings eventually re-took the lead in the 4th, and Seattle won the game on a Russell Wilson six-yard pass to DK Metcalf with just 15 seconds left in the contest. Seattle was outgained 449-314 in the contest, but they made the plays when it counted to win the game. It also helped Seattle that the Vikings had a chance for a bigger lead in the 4th, but Mike Zimmer decided to go for a first on 4th down instead of kick a FG, which would have put Minnesota up 29-21.
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Russell Wilson had a solid game as he threw for 217 yards with three TDs and one INT. Can you believe that this game has never received even one MVP vote? That could change this year as he has thrown for 1502 yards with 19 TDs and just three INTs through five games while also rushing for 153 yards. He is tough to stop and will be challenging for the Arizona defense to handle. The seahawks are 4th in the league in passing but 17th in rushing, s they would like a bit more balance. Leading their ground has been Chris Carson, who has 269 yards and three TDs. The Seahawks' problem has been their defense, which ranks last in the league in total yards, last against the pass, and 18th in points allowed, giving up 27.0 ppg. It will not be an easy game for this defense as they are facing a very solid Arizona offense.
Arizona Spanks The Cowboys On the RoadThere is an NFL meme going around that states that Kyler Murray is now 43-0 against high-school teams in the state of Texas. They are referring to the Dallas Cowboys, of course. The Cowboys and the entire NFC East, for that matter, are all looking like high-school teams at the moment as not one of them has more than two wins on the year. On Monday night, Arizona kept it that way with a 38-10 road win over the Cowboys. The Cardinals have moved to 4-2 on the year and would love a win here to close the gap on the undefeated Seahawks. The offense has been solid this year, but they have been led by their defense, which comes in ranked 13th in total yards allowed and 2nd in points allowed, surrendering just 18.7 ppg. Stopping the pass will be key here, and the Cards are 11thin that department. They did let Dallas to throw for 247 yards but also picked off Dalton twice and sacked him three times. The Cards were not facing Dak Prescott, who is out for the year, and their test will be much tougher this week against Wilson.
The Arizona offense has been led by their ground game, which comes in ranked 4th in the league in rushing, putting up 161 ypg so far. They had 261 yards against the Cowboys, and leading the way was Kenyan Drake, who had 164 yards and two TDs. Drake leads the team with 478 yards and four TDs. Kyler Murray chipped in with 74 yards and a TD, and he now has run for 370 yards and six TDs. This is an offense that has many weapons, including DeAndre Hopkins, who leads the team in receiving with 601 yards and two TDs. Murry has been solid at the QB slot, throwing for 1487 yards with ten TDs and six INTs. Murray and Hopkins could have a big game against the worst pass defenses in the league.
Stats & Trends
- The Over is 9-3-1 in their 13 vs. a team with a winning record
- The Over is 10-4 in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
Trends Arizona is:
- None Available
The Cardinals ran the ball a ton last week against the Cowboys, which kept the clock moving. They will run the ball early in this game, but then the Cards will unleash their passing game against the league's weakest pass defense. The Arizona defense played well last week, but it was against Andy Dalton and not Dak Prescott. This week, they will be facing a Seattle offense that has been one of the best in the league so far. Russell Wilson has had a fantastic start to the season, and he knows he will need a big game as their defense will have a tough time stopping the Arizona offense. This a huge game for both teams, and I expect to see very little defense. Take the Over today.