NFC Game Of The Week
Seattle Seahawks (4-1) at Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
Seahawks: The NFC as a whole this year has been a lot different than what I think. Everyone expected the Packers to be up there, nobody saw Minnesota unbeaten at this point and who thought Carolina would be in the position they’re in? These Seattle Seahawks had a lot of questions early on in the season especially with their offense and how they were getting away from running the ball. A basic rule of football is this: Whatever was working for you before is what you should continue to do. Running the football is the bread and butter for the Seahawks and it will take a group effort to replace a guy like Marshawn Lynch. The defense as expected is still one of the very best in the league and they faced a tough test with Julio Jones and the Falcons and just got away. They’ll look to extend their lead in the NFC West on Sunday night with a battle with a team they know all too well.
Cardinals: I was unsure what to think about them after starting 1-3 and they didn’t look like the team that was a game away from the Super Bowl last year and the two seed in the NFC. Ever since that game against the Bills, there’s been an improvement. Fitz has shown he still has it and he can still be a reliable target down the field, David Johnson has basically picked up where he left off from a year ago and he’s become the offense’s identity and if Palmer is questionable again this week, his workload could be extremely heavy. Let’s not forget about their defense that’s ranked fourth in the league and tied for third in sacks so as you can see, they love to get to the quarterback. They’ve won two in a row and will have a challenge with Seattle coming to town for an NFC West showdown.
Seahawks Player To Watch: Tony McDaniel– The Cardinals will want to establish the ground game early on. This is where that defensive front will have to come up big time especially this guy. He can plug those running lanes and make Johnson think twice before trying to run up the middle.
Cardinals Player To Watch: Deone Bucannon– He’s their Mr. Everything on defense. He can play safety, nickel corner if necessary, linebacker and you can add him to load the box up. I see him lined up on Jimmy Graham throughout the game.
Prediction: These two teams know each other really well and it’s always a physical battle. I’m expecting the same once again on Sunday night. I like Seattle on the road in this one. Seahawks 24 Cardinals 17