SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (5-3)
at ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-4)
University of Phoenix Stadium Ė Glendale, AZ
Kickoff: Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET
Line: Seattle -6.0, Total: 41.5
The Seahawks will be trying to bounce back from a bad home less when they take on the Cardinals in Arizona on Thursday.
Seattle was an eight-point home favorite against Washington last week, but the Redskins ended up winning 17-14 thanks to a late drive that resulted in the touchdown that got them to 17. Seattle had taken a 14-10 lead late in the game, but was unable to get off the field for the win. The Seahawks now face a banged up Cardinals team on Thursday, so they have to be thinking that this is a great opportunity for them to get back in the win column. They desperately need that, as they do not want the Rams to start running away with the division now. The Cardinals, meanwhile, can get themselves back into postseason talks with a win on Thursday. Arizona is without both QB Carson Palmer (Arm) and RB David Johnson (Wrist) until something like Week 16 or 17, but the team is still at the .500 mark and was able to earn a road victory over San Francisco last week. If the Cardinals can take this one at home then theyíll be 5-4 with some winnable games remaining on the schedule. Itís worth noting that the Seahawks are 7-0 ATS on Thursday nights under head coach Pete Carroll, but the Cardinals are 10-2 ATS as a home underdog of seven points or fewer under head coach Bruce Arians.
The Seahawks are coming off of a rough loss, but they wonít let it get to them too much. They know that this is a winnable game on Thursday, so expect them to be prepared and ready to go here. QB Russell Wilson is a guy that should be in for a pretty big game here, as Seattle has really relied on Wilson as of late. Over the past three weeks, Wilson has thrown for nine touchdowns and only three picks. He did, however, throw two picks against Washington last week and must do a better job of taking care of the football on Thursday. The Cardinals donít have much offensively right now, so turnovers are really the only things that can put Seattle in a bad position here. It would, however, help Wilson and this passing game if the Seahawks could get anything from their running backs. RBs Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy have not been cutting it for Seattle, as the two of them combined to rush for just 59 yards on 15 carries last game. This is a team that used to thrive with its rushing attack, and Pete Carroll knows that he needs to find somebody he can trust there.
If the Cardinals are going to find a way to beat the Seahawks on Thursday then RB Adrian Peterson must continue to play well for this team. Since being traded to the Cardinals, Peterson has rushed for over 130 yards on two separate occasions. Last week, the 32-year-old rushed for 159 yards in a win over San Francisco. It wonít be as easy to find holes against the Seahawks, but itís hard to imagine the Cardinals winning without him rushing for at least 80 here. QB Drew Stanton isnít one of the worst backups in the league, but heís also not going to go out there and win this one as a passer. His job is to take care of the ball and move the chains as often as possible. Defensively, the Cardinals will probably need to get some pressure on Wilson here. The Seahawks have a miserable offensive line, so Arizona should have no trouble getting to him. The team just needs to make sure it is ready to capitalize on any of his mistakes.