The Seahawks sat atop the NFC West, the Cardinals inspired to not only topple the Seahawks within the division, but become a similar if not greater force than them within the NFC.
It started with beating Seattle and in Bruce Arians tenure, without Carson Palmer, that has been an impossible task.
Blake Murphy tweeted out some great info on the matchups and the importance of Carson Palmer in them.
Against #Seahawks Palmer's thrown for 1554 yards on 129/217 passing (.58%) with 7 TD's 8 INT's, 3-2-1 record. Averages 259 yds 1 TD, 1 INT.— Blake Allen Murphy (@blakemurphy7) November 7, 2017
Those numbers are not great, but the 3-2-1 record is good.
Eight interceptions are not as bad when you remember that one of those games is a four interception game, where the Cardinals still won.
Meanwhile, the quarterbacks not named Palmer have been downright wretched...
To counter, Stanton/Lindley vs. the Seahawks have totaled 16/35 for a 47 comp. % and on average 182 yards, 0 TD's and 1 INT, & an 0-2 record— Blake Allen Murphy (@blakemurphy7) November 7, 2017
So we can see that Palmer playing adds, on average:— Blake Allen Murphy (@blakemurphy7) November 7, 2017
1 passing TD
15% more completed passes
100% more wins.
What's interesting here=Arians.
That is all good information, but what is the best information and something I hit on in my conversation with Field Gulls from yesterday, is that Arians really doesn’t change his plan of attack depending on the quarterback.
The average # of passes Arians throws is 36 vs. seattle REGARDLESS of who his QB is.— Blake Allen Murphy (@blakemurphy7) November 7, 2017
Ryan Lindley threw 44 passes vs. Seattle in '14. #Wut
Arians is Bruce Arians.
He just needs Drew Stanton to be more Carson Palmer than Drew Stanton if the Cardinals are going to win their first game in the Arians era against the Seahawks without Palmer at quarterback.