It’s week 10 and I still see people grappling with the notion of whether the Seahawks are good or not. I will say one thing, they aren’t nearly as good as they were the last three seasons. Yes, it is week 10 in the NFL, and it still appears to me that they are hungover from the Super Bowl. Not the kind of hangover you and I experience a day after the Super Bowl, but the kind of hangover you experience when you lose the big game by 1 yard. That is what the Seahawks did and the decision to throw the ball on the goal line will be talked about decades from no. I said immediately following the play, if the Seahawks don’t win another Super Bowl in the next few decades then that play is going to go down as the curse of the Seahawks. I don’t see the immediate future looking too promising for them with their salary cap problems and all. They face a relatively hot Arizona Cardinals team tonight on SNF.
The Cardinals have been a bit of a surprise this season. I don’t think anybody foreseen them getting off to a 6-2 record. But in two weeks they can be right at 6-4 and perhaps looking at just trying to make the playoffs. The Seahawks haven’t been that great this season, but at home they are always dangerous. I recall the Seahawks playing the Cardinals a year ago in a similar role on SNF. The Seahawks completely annihilated the Cards by a score of 35-6 in Arizona. Marshawn Lynch ran wild on the Cardinals, and he pulled off one of his signature beast mode runs in that one. The Seahawks, and Lynch, and haven’t been in beast mode at all this season. They are at .500 with a record of 4-4 but could easily be 2-6. If you take into consideration that game against the Lions, which they should have lost after a wrong call. And then they barely survived the Cowboys two weeks.
With a bye week to prepare, the Hawks look to stage a much better part of the season as the 2015 campaign begins to really get serious now. The Seahawks have a lot of work to do if they are going to be back in the Super Bowl. A win against a good Cards team may give provide an extra jump in their step, though. We look deeper into this SNF matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL
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Cardinals vs. Seahawks Pick:
We haven’t seen the Seahawks playing this poorly since before the Russell Wilson era. Wilson jumped right in and landed on a team with an excellent defense, it was a fortunate scenario for him. Quarterbacks in the draft dream of playing with a team with a great defense. That is what happened to Wilson, and while he is a good quarterback, defenses like that will help out immensely. The Seahawks still have a pretty good defense there in Seattle. Note that they are 2nd in the NFL in total defense, averaging 284 yards allowed per game. The highlight of the Seahawk defense is the pass defense, where they are 2nd in the NFL allowing only 186.4 yards per game.
The Cardinals love to throw the football. Carson Palmer is having an excellent season, passing for 298.3 yards per game. He has thrown 20 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. After twelve seasons in the NFL, Palmer is playing the best football of his career. However, this doesn’t look like a favorable matchup for him in Seattle. What we have in this matchup is a great pass defense and a great passing offense. I always have to give the edge to defenses when faced with deciding between one or the other. A good defense is more consistent than a good offense to me. Further, playing in Seattle is still a tough place to play and it is a Sunday night game. I see the Seahawks looking the best they have all season long in primetime against the Cardinals. I have to lay the 3 points in this spot. The Seahawks should look much better after getting a much needed bye week.
PICK: SEAHAWKS -3 (-110)