Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals: Week 16 Preview

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Last Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks took apart the San Francisco 49ers, beating them by a score of 17 to 7. This week, the Seahawks head down to Glendale, AZ to take on the Arizona Cardinals.

Last Week: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

Last Sunday, the Seahawks revisited their rivalry with the San Francisco 49ers. This was a huge game for the ‘Hawks, as a win would put them in a position to catch up to the Arizona Cardinals in the standings. A dismal first half by the Seahawks gave Niners fans hope. Niners LB Ahmad Brooks was outstanding in the first half, helping to hold the ‘Hawks in check. Those hopes were quickly crushed in the second half, when the Seahawks found their game and pummelled the visitors. Touchdowns from RB Marshawn Lynch and rookie WR Paul Richardson put the icing on the 49ers season, eliminating them from playoff contention. With the win, the Seahawks have put themselves in a position to potentially earn the number one seed in the N.F.C., which would gave them home field advantage in the playoffs.

This Week: Seattle Seahawks (10-4) vs. Arizona Cardinals (11-3)

Game Day: December 21, 2014

Kickoff: 5:30 P.M. PST

TV: NBC

  • Passing Offense: Seahawks – 31st / Cardinals – 15th
  • Rushing Offense: Seahawks – 1st / Cardinals – 28th
  • Passing Defense: Seahawks – 1st / Cardinals – 29th
  • Rushing Defense: Seahawks – 5th / Cardinals – 6th

This week, the Seahawks face the Arizona Cardinals, a team that they just recently defeated. Arizona is somehow still hanging in there, despite the countless injuries. After losing starting QB Carson Palmer, the Cardinals lost their backup QB Drew Stanton last week. Ryan Lindley will take over as quarterback. The Cardinals have been plagued by injuries, yet have found ways to win in the past couple of games. They are also without RB Andre Ellington, but Kerwynn Williams has stepped up in his absence.

Both rushing offenses will face adversity as they take on stout rush defenses. In their previous meeting, the Cardinals’ defense bottled up Marshawn Lynch pretty well; however, they were not able to hold down Russell Wilson’s legs. This season, the Cardinals have not been good at defending the pass, but they won’t have to worry about that with the Seahawks, as the bulk of Seattle’s offense will come from the legs of Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. The Legion of Boom is in full force and is dominating receivers on a weekly basis — they should make it a tough outing for QB Ryan Lindley. Arizona won’t muster much offense through the air; nor will they get many yards on the ground.

Although Arizona has a great defense of their own, the Seahawks’ defense will be the deciding factor in this game. Look for them to capitalize on a relatively inexperienced quarterback on their way to victory.

Featured Image: Seahawks.com / Rod Mar

 

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