TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 22, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Weather: High 50, Low 44
Line: Seattle (-10.5)
Having yet another solid season, the Seattle Seahawks are looking to extend their solid winning ways into the postseason and possibly to a Super Bowl. Russell Wilson has been the most efficient and successful young quarterback in the league and a 12-2 record through 14 games could put him in MVP talks by the end of the year. Wilson has passed for 3,077 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for another 508 yards and a score while being the ultimate dual-threat QB. Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate lead the team in receiving with a combined 1,505 yards and nine touchdowns on 103 receptions. Marshawn Lynch leads the second-best rushing attack in the league with 1,089 yards and 11 scores.
Nobody thought the Arizona Cardinals would have the type of season they would be having in 2013 and the playoffs look very likely, but they might be a season or two away from Super Bowl contention. Carson Palmer has had quite the turnaround after a slow start to the year in which he had more interceptions than touchdown passes, passing for 3,689 yards and 21 touchdowns. Michael Floyd has been his favorite wide receiver, catching 58 passes for 919 yards and four touchdowns while Larry Fitzgerald is right behind him with 73 catches for 823 yards and 10 touchdowns. Although Rashard Mendenhall leads the team in rushing with 577 yards and eight touchdowns, Andre Ellington might just be the back of the future with 558 yards and three scores on 5.9 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Cardinals have been solid in 2013. Arizona ranks eighth in points allowed, seventh in total yards allowed and 17th in passing yards allowed per game while also having the best rushing defense in the league. Seattle might have the best overall defense in the NFL, ranking first in points allowed, total yards allowed and passing yards allowed per game while ranking 10th in rushing defense.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 17, Seahawks 31
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