The Seattle Seahawks sit atop the NFC West Division with a 5-1 record, coming off of a hard fought 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans at home. A game in which Seahawks saw themselves trailing 10-7 at the half, but the consistency with the pass by Russell Wilson, the bruising running style of Marshawn Lynch, and the always tough defensive unit led Seattle in the second half. The Seahawks outplayed Tennesse 13-3 in the second half, winning when it mattered, scoring 10 of their 20 points in the 4th quarter.
Arizona has been known to play the Seahawks tough, as division rivals, these two teams are very familiar with each other’s style of play, which could result in another entertaining match-up. The Cardinals return home to host the division powerhouse Seahawks, in a game many could call the defensive game of the week, as both the Seahawks and the Cardinals match up very well against each opposing offensive units. The Cardinals will look to stop the run, and will challenge Russell Wilson into beating them himself. With cornerback Patrick Peterson and Safety Tyrann Mathieu leading the way, the Cardinals do in fact match up well with Seattle’s receiving core. If the Cardinals front seven can minimize the contributions of Marshawn Lynch, this could make for an interesting game, especially in the second half.
The Seahawks need not sleep on this Arizona Cardinals team, because despite being 3-3, they have played every opponent tough until the very end. On the other hand Seattle is a team known to play all four quarters, utilizing Marshawn Lynch offensively to close out games, and defensively tightening up the coverage in crunch time. The Carson Palmer led Arizona Cardinals, has actually leaned on their defense to stay close in games, while Palmer slowly gets into his groove as the game goes on.
Larry Fitzgerald will be busy battling Richard Sherman all day long, which may increase the role of Michael Floyd as a possession receiver, and don’t be surprised if he gets attention from Palmer over Fitzgerald in the red zone. The toughness of Floyd will be put to the test over the middle as the Seahawks line backing core and secondary will not hesitate to lay the hat when needed.
The Cardinals have a very athletic secondary, so the Seahawks receivers must bring their “A” game to the table or it could be a long day for Russell Wilson, especially if Marshawn does now get going early in this game. The Seahawks cannot sleep on this Cardinal defense, as it could be a busy day in the box for the Cardinals linebackers, led by Daryl Washington and Carlos Dansby, the Cardinals will be motivated to play at a high level.
Up front the Seahawks must protect Russell Wilson, as he could see blitz packages from every angle of the defense. The Cardinals play an aggressive style up front, mixed with athleticism in the secondary that matches up very well with Seattle, and could prove to be difficult as they can match the Seahawks for 4 quarters, and force Seattle to play their game in the desert.
Having just faced the 49ers they could be ready to see a similar approach from Seattle. This could be the game of the week with tons of action, or it could be a 15-12 slug fest. This match-up possess’ big potential yet so much uncertainty. The Seahawks come in heavily favored, but they should not sleep on a hungry Cardinals team, whom are anxious to stay in the hunt. We shall see what Carson Palmer can do against the league’s top secondary, and a stout defensive front, and we will see how Seattle handles Arizona’s push for an upset, it should be a good one.