Arizona (6-2) at Seattle (4-4)
When: Sunday, November 15th 2015
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: NBC
The Arizona Cardinals look to distance themselves from the Seattle Seahawks when they meet tonight for the first of two meetings this season. Arizona has one of the best all-around teams in the league this season ranking 3rd in both total offense and defense. The 32.9 points they average is second only to New England. Quarterback Carson Palmer is having one his best seasons to date throwing for an NFC-best 20 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. In his last two games leading up to last week’s bye he threw 6 TDs to only one pick in beating the Ravens and Browns. Veteran running back Chris Johnson has rushed for 676 yards this season, which is 13 more than all of last season with the New York Jets. The NFL’s third-leading rusher, Johnson has run for more than 100 yards in back-to-back contests and four of his last six games while his 4.8 yards per carry is his most since his 2,006-yard season in 2009. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is benefiting from Palmer’s excellent season hauling in 55 balls for 706 yards, and 7 touchdowns. The defense only allows 90 yards rushing game and should give Marshawn Lynch a tough time tonight.
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Seattle is slowly rounding back into form after reaching the Super Bowl last year. They lost their first two games, won the next two, lost the next two, and now have won two in a row again leading up to last week’s bye. They’re hoping to break that trend tonight and pick up their third straight victory and move within a game of Arizona. Lynch has been battling injuries all season and has just a 3.6 yards per carry average, but he did run for 113 yards on 10 carries last year against Arizona. Russell Wilson has thrown exactly one touchdown in every game this season except for two at Green Bay. His 6 interceptions are just one shy of what he threw all of last year. He’s been pretty consistent with yardage throwing between 206 and 287 yards in every game. The defense is still as good as it was the last few years ranking 2nd overall and 3rd in points allowed. The secondary will be ready for Palmer as Seattle allows only 186.4 passing yards per game – 2nd in the NFL.
Both teams are coming off byes so I expect a terrific game. This is a big statement game for Arizona, but Seattle will be fired up and ready for the task. I think Seattle starts looking like a Super Bowl team beginning tonight.
Pick: Seahawks -3