We all know the game this Sunday between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks is big. It is huge for both teams. But what will be the final score and how will it play out? Our staff writers make their score predictions and give their thoughts as to how the game plays out.
Jesse Reynolds: Cardinals 23, Seahawks 17
Cardinals come out motivated! The offense is facing a tough secondary with a solid pass rush and so the Cardinals air game isn't as effective as it has been but it and the run game do enough to keep the Hawks offense off the field. The defense makes some plays but also gives up a few big ones to Graham and Wilson but the Hawks playing from behind are never able to close the gap and the Cardinals spend the last of the fourth quarter running out the clock.
Randy Fields: Cardinals 23 Seahawks 17
Carson Palmer is playing in top form and I'm expecting two passing touchdowns and three Field Goals from the offense. The Seahawks haven't played Palmer in quite some time, and especially not with how well he's playing so I anticipate an early TD and another TD in the 3rd after adjustments. After that a few FGs because it will be a slugfest.
The Seahawks will try a lot of screen passes and it will net them two touchdowns probably one to Lynch and another naked bootleg for Wilson. The Cardinals D will play well and keep the Seahawks to one or maybe two FGs afterward.
Michael Ferguson: Cardinals 26, Seahawks 18
Field will be a wet, sloppy mess. Cards D line will take advantage of Seattle's O line in the poor conditions and pressure Russell Wilson into 2 turnovers, at least one will result in a defensive TD. Cards multi-RB attack will give them the edge on a sloppy field, and this will open up play-action for at least one big play to John Brown or Michael Floyd or JJ Nelson or Fitz for a long score as the game's only passing TD.
Tyler Derby: Cardinals 21, Seahawks 17
In what is the biggest game for both teams this season so far, the Cardinals win a close one. Both teams will be coming off of bye weeks and will be well rested heading into the game. Seattle is always a hostile place to play but I think with having a healthy Palmer and the rushing attack of CJ2K will be the difference. Seattle's offensive line has not been great and with the pass rush the Cardinals have that will be a huge advantage as well. In the end it will be close, but I give the edge to the Cardinals because they have a point to prove after losing twice to the Seahawks last season.
Jess Root: Cardinals 27, Seahawks 23
The magic number has been 27 against Seattle. They have allowed at least 27 points in each of their four losses. The Cardinals get off to a quick start and pull ahead with two touchdowns, while holding Seattle to field goals. Seattle pulls close, but they are playing catchup the whole game. They pull within one point a couple of times, but Arizona always responds. A final field goal in the fourth quarter and forcing a turnover to end the Seattle threat, the Cardinals squeak out a win and take over the division.