This one has the potential to be a blowout, as the Seattle Seahawks have opened as 13.5-point favorites over the Arizona Cardinals in their Week 17 matchup at CenturyLink Field.
Kickoff is set for 4:25pm EST on December 30th.
Arizona’s offense has been a major issue for the team this season. They struggle when putting the ball in the air, averaging just 160.7 passing yards per game (32nd), and turning to the ground hasn’t returned great results either, totaling 83.8 rushing yards per game (32nd).
As you probably assumed, this has led to just 13.4 points per game (32nd).
Josh Rosen is not playing at the level Arizona needs. He’s completing just 55.4% of his passes and has had trouble pushing the football down the field.
If Rosen and Larry Fitzgerald (65 receptions for 698 yards this season) don’t start regularly threatening defenses, you can expect similar results from the Cardinals’ offense. A little help from David Johnson (averaging 3.6 yards per carry) on the ground would help, too.
But their offensive line has made it very difficult to do anything.
It’s quite easy to see why Arizona is struggling this year: not only do they have issues scoring points, but they cannot prevent others from scoring. The Cardinals give up 26.5 points per game, which ranks 27th in the NFL. They’ll need one of these units to show up on Sunday to get the win.
Arizona’s defense will certainly be tested this week against a Seattle offense that looks very good right now. The driving force behind the Seahawks’ powerful offense has been their rushing attack, helping them score 26.7 points per game (sixth).
Led by Chris Carson, they average 158.5 yards per game on the ground (first).
This isn’t to suggest Russell Wilson has been lousy, though. In fact, he’s been top notch. Wilson has thrown for 3,296 yards with 34 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions. The fact that Seattle wants to take the ball out of Wilson’s hands sheds light on just how strong their rushing attack is.
On the other side of the ball, Seattle’s defense has been very good. They’re giving up just 21.5 points per game, ranking 11th in the league.
This is what happens when your defense has no glaring holes. The Seahawks allow 115.1 yards per game on the ground (16th) and 248.6 through the air (20th). Nothing will come easy for Josh Rosen and company this week.
The last meeting between these two came on September 30th, 2018, when Seattle squeaked out a win over Arizona 20-17. The Seahawks were also 3.5-point favorites in that game.