The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals are NFC West foes with a rich history. This year, both teams are fighting for their playoff lives in a competitive NFC West. They’ll meet this week on Thursday Night Football. NFL Network/NBC (NBC live stream and Amazon live stream) will broadcast the action at 8:25 p.m. ET.
Seattle (5-3) is a game back of the Rams for the division lead. But Seattle is 2-0 in division play and will need its ferocious defense to increase that record to 3-0. The Seahawks need to kickstart their inconsistent rushing attack — and running back Thomas Rawls will be starting in place of the injured Eddie Lacy — and quarterback Russell Wilson must continue to make plays with his arm and legs.
Arizona (4-4), on the other hand, defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Week 9. Even without quarterback Carson Palmer, the Cardinals' offense moved the ball well with Drew Stanton at the helm. He must continue playing well for the Cardinals to give Arizona a legitimate shot at knocking off the Seahawks. Also, running back Adrian Peterson looks refreshed this season, and he should play a huge role in this NFC West showdown.
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
- Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
- Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
- TV: NFL Network and NBC
- Streaming: NBC Sports; Amazon Prime
- Odds: Seattle is favored by 5.5 points
Seahawks vs. Cardinals News
When the dust settled, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde was ejected along with Cardinals defenders Haason Reddick and Frostee Rucker.
Fighting has been a theme in Week 9 with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Green both ejected for a scrap earlier in the day, and Mike Evans coming to the defense of Jameis Winston with a cheap shot on Marshon Lattimore.
The offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on Hyde, Reddick, and Rucker all cancelled out, but the unnecessary roughness on Bethea was enforced. It gave the 49ers a chance to score and cut into a 20-10 lead, but the drive ended with an interception for Beathard.
Dansby becomes just the fifth member of the 40 sack, 20 interception club in NFL history.
He of course started his career with the Arizona Cardinals in 2004, as a second round pick out of Auburn. Dansby now has 43 sacks on his career to go with the 20 interceptions. Dansby totaled most of his sacks in Arizona, at 33 of his career sacks, including highs of 8.5 in 2006 and six in 2013. Most of his interceptions were in Arizona as well, with 15 of the 20 coming in a Cardinals uniform.
Yes, Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell will just keep trying to party like it’s 2013. Granted, the addition of Duane Brown is a huge boost to the line, but going back to the run-first game plan was suspicious, even in a home game against an injury-ravaged Washington team. It turned out to be disastrous in practice.
Pretty much everything went wrong during the Seahawks’ shocking loss to Washington in Week 9. Blair Walsh missed three field goals, the defense dropped two interceptions, and Seattle committed 16 penalties for 138 yards. But one of the biggest issues was the Seahawks’ insistence on establishing the run, even as the offense stagnated throughout the first half.
In an age of positionless football, the sport looks completely different in 2017 than it did even 10 years ago. Defenses are in sub packages more than they’re in base, offenses are using spread concepts more than ever before, and it's becoming increasingly more difficult to compare players across eras. But no matter how much the game continues to evolve, Hall of Fame careers are generally easy to recognize. In 2017, Bobby Wagner is having the season all Hall of Fame linebackers have.
Overshadowed by the two Hall of Fame players that have lined up in the same defense as him for his entire career, Wagner has quietly begun to put together a Hall of Fame résumé. In year-six, he is still lacking the longevity and All-Pro selections to be a no-doubt Hall of Famer, but with another (health permitting) five-to-ten seasons left in his career, those two qualifiers will come. This season, Wagner is experiencing the kind of campaign all Hall of Fame linebackers have — a season that could, and should, end with him being named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Seahawks vs. Cardinals prediction
The Cardinals will pull of an upset. Seattle's offense is inconsistent at times, especially in the run game. The Seahawks are not the team they once were, and Arizona should take advantage of that. However, be warned. Among our eight expert’s Week 10 picks, only Geoff Schwartz agrees. Everyone else says Seattle will win.