Seattle Seahawks (10-4) at Arizona Cardinals (11-3)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 21, 2014, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Cardinals +8 -- Over/Under: 36.5
The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals square off in a NFC West showdown Sunday night at U of Phoenix Stadium.
The Seattle Seahawks have won seven of their last eight games and are looking like that Super Bowl team from last season. Russell Wilson is completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wilson has four total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and the Seahawks have 43 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Luke Willson has five of his 17 receptions in his last three games. The Seahawks ground game is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, as Marshawn Lynch leads the way with 1,133 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, the Seattle Seahawks are allowing 17.3 points, 272.4 yards, and they’ve forced 29 sacks and 20 turnovers. K.J. Wright leads Seattle with 96 tackles and Byron Maxwell has 10 pass deflections.
The Arizona Cardinals have won eight of their last 10 games and hope to wrap up the division with a win. Due to injuries, Ryan Lindley will get the start at quarterback, somebody who has thrown just 10 passes in the last two years. Rookie Logan Thomas may also see some time. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd have combined for more than 1,300 receiving yards and six touchdowns while John Brown has four of his 41 catches in his last three games. The Cardinals ground game is averaging 3.3 yards per carry, as Andre Ellington leads the way with 660 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Arizona Cardinals are allowing 17.4 points, 350 yards, and they’ve forced 33 sacks and 25 turnovers. Rashad Johnson leads Arizona with 81 tackles and Calais Campbell has seven sacks.
The Seahawks are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cardinals are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Seahawks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Arizona and the home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Even with the Cardinals quarterback situation, it's tough to win in Arizona and it's not like the Cards don't have a solid defense that can keep this game close. The Arizona Cardinals are a good enough team to keep this game close and give themselves a chance to win late with its defense. I'm taking the points here.