It is very possible for either team to win. Here some cases we can make on both sides.
Why the Seahawks can win:
- They already showed they can dominate Arizona, defeating the Cardinals 19-3 in Seattle. Arizona was unable to do anything offensively and the defense didn't really have an answer for Russell Wilson, who rushed for 73 yards and was able to get away from pass rushers to make plays with his arm.
- Seattle's defense is playing at a championship level once again. Since Week 10, Seattle is allowing a league-low 11.3 points per game.
- Arizona couldn't beat Seattle with Drew Stanton. Now they will have to do it with Ryan Lindley, who has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his career and was not on any active roster just a few weeks ago.
- Seattle thrives in big moments. They play well in prime time and they beat the Cardinals in Arizona last year.
Why the Cardinals can win:
- Defense. Arizona's defense is also playing at a championship level. They sacked Russell Wilson seven times in their last meeting and missed about five others. The Seattle offensive line will be down at least two starters as Max Unger and Russell Okung will both miss the game. Expect more pressure.
- Remember that stat about Seattle's points allowed per game? Arizona is third in the NFL since Week 10, giving up just over 14 points per game. Arizona has a league-high 12 games in which they allowed less than 20 points.
- Arizona suddenly has a running game. They have run for over 140 yards in each of their last two contests and it was against the Rams and Chiefs defenses. Kerwynn Williams has added physicality in the rushing attack and Stepfan Taylor has been effective as well. When Seattle gives up over 100 yards on the ground, they are 2-4 on the season.
- Arizona is 5-0 against the teams that have beaten Seattle this season. While that doesn't mean Arizona will beat Seattle, it certainly means they are capable.
- Home field advantage! Arizona is 7-0 at home this season and has not lost in over a year at University of Phoenix Stadium. At home with Max Hall at quarterback they were able to knock off the defending champ Saints in 2010. Even Ryan Lindley won a game in 2012 at home and that team at that point in the season was awful.
Yes, Seattle is playing better football than pretty much anyone in the league. But even with Ryan Lindley, it isn't that crazy to think the Cardinals could get a win. They have the defense and they are at home.
Can you think of any other reason for either team?