The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks face off today and could be the biggest game on the Week 12 slate. Let's take a look at the numbers, the history, connections between the two teams and possible milestones that could be reached during the game.
Seattle and Arizona both have very good defenses. Arizona is third against the run, giving up 80 yards a game, and third in points allowed at 17.6 a game. Seattle is giving up 21.5 points a game and 90 yards on the ground. They do defend the pass very well. They rank third in the league against the pass, allowing 215 yards. Arizona is 29th at 263 yards per game, but they have given up less than 200 yards in each of the last three game and four of the last five.
Seattle has the league's best rushing attack, gaining over 174 yards per game, more than twice what Arizona gives up. Conversely, Arizona's rushing attack is weak, gaining less than 80 per game.
Arizona has been winning games because of turnovers, avoiding them and getting them. They have the league's second best turnover ratio at +11. Seattle is +5. Both teams turn over the ball about once every two games.
The passing game offensively shows two different teams. Arizona averages 253 yards per game in the air, 11th overall. Seattle throws for just over 190 yards per game, which is 30th.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has gained over 100 yards in each of the past two games. Arizona hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Frank Gore gained 101 yards on 25 carries in Week 6 of 2013. He is the only one to do it since Todd Bowles became defensive coordinator.
BigRedBilly already gave us some nice information on the history between the two teams.
This will be the 31st time the two teams meet. Arizona leads the series 16-14. Arizona is 7-9 in Seattle, but beat them in Week 16 last season, which was the Seahawks' first home loss in two seasons.
Arizona has three former Seahawks.
Tight end John Carlson was a second round pick of the Seahawks in 2008 and played there for four seasons.
Guard Paul Fanaika spent parts of 2010 and 2011 with the Seahawks, both on the active roster and on the practice squad.
Tight end Darren Fells was with the Seahawks for the offseason and training prior to last season.
Seattle has one former Cardinal -- defensive end O'Brien Schofield. He was a fourth-round pick in 2010 and played through 2012. He was released at the start of 2013 training camp when the team signed John Abraham.
Larry Fitzgerald, if he plays, could join rare company. If he catches a touchdown pass, it would be the 90th in his career. With 90 TD catches and more than 12,000 career receiving yards, he would be one of 10 players to have done so.
Andre Ellington needs only 20 yards to reach 1000 yards from scrimmage on the season. He would be the second player in team history to reach that number in each of his first two seasons. Ottis Anderson did it in 1979 and 1980.
Calais Campbell has 5.5 sacks in his last three games in Seattle. If he gets a sack, he will pass Betrand Berry in team history and tie Darnell Dockett all time for sacks in a career for the team. It would also give Campbell eight sacks in seven career games in Seattle.