TV Schedule: Thursday, Oct. 17, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Weather: High 82, Low 55
Line: Seattle (-6.5)
The Seattle Seahawks have finally lost a game — yes, it’s possible. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are now 5-1 on the season and in first place in the NFC West. Wilson has been exactly what Seattle expected to have at quarterback this season — not putting up crazy stats, but being the best leader possible. He has passed for 1,254 yards and eight touchdowns on the season for the 24th best passing offense in the NFL. It’s not just his arm that’s hurting teams, but his dual-threat ability leaves the defense guessing and Wilson’s 294 rushing yards a solid for a QB. When he does pass, Doug Baldwin seems to be the favorite receiver, catching 21 passes for 344 yards and a score. This team has the second ranked rushing attack with Wilson and also Marshawn Lynch who has 487 yards and five touchdowns on the season.
On the other side of the field, the Arizona Cardinals finally have a passing game. Carson Palmer was brought in to given Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd someone talented to throw to them. For the past couple of years, the Cardinals had a mediocre passing attack and now with Palmer behind center, they are no longer a joke. Palmer has 1,483 yards and seven touchdowns while hitting Fitzgerald 30 times for 405 yards and four touchdowns. Floyd is getting some love in the pass game as well, catching 26 passes for 345 yards and a touchdown. Don’t sleep on the 24th ranked run game because Andre Ellington is starting to become a star with 176 yards on the ground and catching 18 passes for 180 yards out of the backfield with two total touchdowns. The Cardinals are sitting at 3-3 with a chance to make some ground on the Seahawks in the division.
Defensively, the Seahawks have one of the league’s best units. When you think of Seattle, you think of the best secondary in the NFL with Richard Sherman shutting receivers down. Seattle ranks second in total defense and second in passing yards allowed per game in the league. Arizona has somewhat of an average defense, ranking 15th in the league in total defense, but fifth in stopping the run.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 30, Cardinals 21