The Seattle Seahawks are one of the best teams in the NFL — when they’re at home. But away from the 12th man they have struggled big time and are very lucky to have a 2-1 record. In both of their wins on the road, they had to come from behind in the 4th quarter against the subpar Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans.
The Seahawks are capable of much better football than what we’ve seen from them. Some sloppy mistakes and red zone stalling have been keeping them from being the dominant team they have the potential to be. I’m sure when the Seattle faithful look at their team, they prefer to see the guys that crushed the San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars, but their other four contests in which they lost to a good team and squeaked by the ones that hover around mediocrity are part of the story as well.
When the Hawks arrive at University of Phoenix Stadium, they will face an underrated team who matches up relatively well with them. Seattle’s strength on offense is their rushing attack, and the Cards have surrendered just 90.7 yards per game on the ground. On offense, Arizona’s biggest, and most important challenge will be protecting the football. If they can win the turnover battle, or even keep it level, they will be in a great position to take the game.
Only three teams in the NFL have more takeaways than the Cardinals’ mark of 13, but unfortunately one of those teams is Seattle. Regardless, I give the edge to Arizona in the turnover battle. After fumbling five times against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the Seahawks have a short week with a plane ride to try to get their act together. I expect an ugly, disorganized game on Thursday night in which I give the edge to the home team who has yet to lose there.
Prediction: Arizona over Seattle, 17-9