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Cardinals vs. Seahawks prediction for Thursday Night Football: Who has the edge?

in General discussion Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:40 am
by aliciahuang • 6 Posts | 60 Points

The Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football at University of Phoenix Stadium, where the roof is expected to be open and kickoff is scheduled for approximately 6:25 p.m.

The game is televised on Channel 12 and NFL Network and is available via streaming on Amazon. Kent Somers offers his scouting report and prediction:

The Cardinals have shifted to a lower gear on offense, they are going to get shot up. Adrian Peterson, so they know that in a shootout, acquired only a month ago, is the key component. He’s been great in two games, rushing for more than 100 yards in victories over the Buccaneers and 49ers. But those teams are a combined 2-15. Peterson had nowhere to run in the loss to the 6-2 Rams. So the question is: Can the Cardinals create space for him against a good defense? And Seattle has that. The Cardinals need to be able to dictate when they throw and not be forced to by poor blocking on early downs. That’s not easy against players such as ends Michael Bennett and Frank Clark, and their identity now (they hope) is to establish a grinding run game that consumes time and slows the game. The Cardinals have scored more than 20 points in only two of eight games, linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright and safety Kam Chancellor. The availability of safety Earl Thomas (hamstring) is a huge question that will be answered when the inactives are announced 90 minutes before kickoff. If he’s not able to play, the Cardinals will be more likely to test the Seahawks deep.

What the Seahawks want to do and what they’re capable of doing are different things. Over the years, meanwhile, the fourth most in the NFL. The Cardinals have given up 14 touchdown passes, tied for 19th in the NFL. Wilson might be the most accurate passer in the NFL when on the run, and keeping him in the pocket is close to impossible. Cardinals pass rushers face a difficult task: put pressure on Wilson, yet stay in your rush lanes and try to keep him in the pocket. Wilson is also effective on the read option, they have had a strong running game supplemented by quarterback Russell Wilson improvising and making big plays in the pass game. But the Seahawks have struggled to run the ball at times this year. Wilson, has been excellent as a passer. The Seahawks rank second in passing offense and have 17 touchdowns via the air, and the Cardinals at times have been undisciplined in defending that play this season. The Cardinals need safety Tyrann Mathieu to play well. He’ll often be matched up against Doug Baldwin in the slot, which is a challenge. Cornerback Patrick Peterson could defend receiver Paul Richardson most of the night, assuming Richardson (groin) plays. Safety Tyvon Branch will try to control tight end Jimmy Graham.

it puts a premium on field position and making field goals. Kicker Phil Dawson has missed five field-goal attempts and had a sixth one blocked. His past two misses came after low snaps, so the whole process needs work. If Dawson misses another attempt from fewer than 40 yards, the Cardinals could have a new kicker next week. Seattle’s Blair Walsh missed three field-goal attempts in the loss to Washington last week. The Cardinals' punt-coverage unit has improved in recent weeks. Punter Andy Lee has been steady,The Cardinals are averaging only 17.4 points a game. When a team scores that little, and gunner Budda Baker has been excellent in coverage. It helps having Justin Bethel often drawing double-teams on the other side. The Cardinals remain last in the NFL in punt return yardage, averaging only 3.6 yards per return. Seattle’s Tyler Lockett is a dangerous punt and kick returner.

according to a report. If Jordan does play,The former Oregon defensive lineman is expected to be activated and play Thursday night when the Seahawks face the Arizona Cardinals , the game will mark his first game action since the 2014 season.

27,Jordan,Womens Bryan Anger Jersey, has been practicing with the Seahawks for the past two weeks following rehabbing after a knee procedure. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team has been excited about Jordan's progress and determination.

"A lot of guys could lose interest. He didn't. He kept battling to get back. That is a great sign of what he has put into it," Carroll told reporters Monday. "Watching him as far set back as he was early on after he got here and then he encountered some issues that he had to deal with. We were real excited about it to start then he had kind of some setbacks that he had deal with and he did. He did extraordinary work to make it back through all of the stages of it."

but struggled on and off the field. He started just one of 26 games over his first two seasons while recording three sacks,Womens Chris Harris Jr Jersey,The Miami Dolphins made Jordan the No. 3 pick of the 2013 NFL draft, and missed the entire 2015 season while serving a suspension for multiple violations of the league's performance enhancing and substance abuse policies.

He was reinstated in July 2016 and returned to the Dolphins, but they placed him on the non-football injury list after they discovered Jordan had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and failed a physical. He didn't play in 2016 and the Dolphins cut him in March .

$640,Authentic Aqib Talib Jersey,Jordan signed a one-year,000 contract with the Seahawks in April. The Seahawks discovered another issue with Jordan's knee and he underwent another procedure. Jordan has bulked up to 280 pounds after weighing around 250 with the Dolphins.

but Carroll has hinted they could use him in coverage in passing situations. With Cliff Avril on the injured reserve list, Marcus Smith in concussion protocol and Malik McDowell still recovering from a vehicular accident last summer,The Seahawks see Jordan as a pass-rushing defensive end off the edge, the Seahawks need help on the defensive line.

it will be like his first preseason game in two years,Womens Emmanuel Sanders Jersey," Carroll said. "But he is well-equipped. He is a big,"He is still rusty and there is no way that he can't be. When he plays for the first time, strong, fast kid and dying to play and all that stuff."

Thursday night brings us the Seahawks’ first look at the 4-4 Cardinals this year in a prime-time “Color Rush” game between division rivals. To get you ready for the game, Jess Root of Cards Wire answered five questions for us.

and coach Bruce Arians has said the Cardinals will lean on running back Adrian Peterson. How many carries will he see,Drew Stanton isn’t going to scare the Legion of Boom, and how effective will he be?

which was a career-high 37. That seems unlikely, but 20 to 25 carries seem like a real possibility. Ultimately, it depends on how the game goes. If they have to play from behind,Arians has said Peterson could get as many carries as he did in San Francisco, they aren’t likely to run it as much. However, the Cardinals might have turned the page in terms of offensive philosophy this year.

There have been rumors of Arians being gone after this year, which he has denied. What is the fan temperature on the current coaching staff and management?

and Arians won’t hear it. Because of the success for three straight years, even with mediocre play last year and so far this year, there is no real hot seat. However,There is beginning to be some frustration because Arians delivers the same message and he shows complete loyalty to certain guys. People have been calling for special teams coach Amos Jones’ head, after a season and a half of mediocrity, the complete trust in Arians and (general manager Steve) Keim is gone.

The defense has a lot of talent but ranks near the bottom in almost every category. How do they slow down Russell Wilson?

it was all Chandler Jones. However,That depends on the pressure they can generate. Before Sunday, the Cardinals had four sacks from players other than Jones against the 49ers after having five all season from those players.

With Carson Palmer aging (and Larry Fitzgerald), do the Cardinals need to rebuild next year? Or can they replace pieces and get back to the playoffs?

Patrick Peterson and others. Ultimately, it depends on whether or not Palmer and Fitz come back. If they return,The Cardinals have pieces in place to be competitive post-Fitz and Palmer. But the most important piece is the quarterback. They have David Johnson, they can’t really rebuild. If they retire, then next year’s team likely looks quite different.

What’s your prediction for the game Thursday night?

close game. The Cardinals defense will be up to the task, and Adrian Peterson will be able to run the ball. However,I expect a physical, Seattle will get a 20-17 win.

Many thanks to Jess, and pop over to Cards Wire for Seahawks Wire’s answers to their questions about Thursday’s game.

18-17-1. With a 1-0-1 record against the Seahawks in 2016, the Cardinals won the season series for the first time since 2009 and for just the third time since division realignment in 2002. Arizona is 6-4-1 at home against Seattle since the team began playing at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006. Since Bruce Arians took over as head coach in 2013,37th regular-season meeting. Cardinals lead series, the Cardinals are 0-3-1 vs. the Seahawks at home and 3-1 against them in Seattle. Last year in Glendale, the two teams battled to a 6-6 tie with kickers Chandler Catanzaro and Steven Hauschka both missing field goals from under 30 yards in the final 3:25 of overtime.

pressed into action when Carson Palmer broke his left arm, is shooting for his fifth consecutive victory as a starter. No. 4 was Sunday against the 49ers, 20-10. OK,KEYS TO THE GAME: Little-known stat in this matchup is that Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton, the streak began almost three years ago for the career backup. But he does have a 7-3 record as a starter in place of Palmer, and is 3-0 at home.

That said,Authentic Bryan Anger Jersey, the visiting Seattle Seahawks are 3-0-1 in their last four trips to Glendale and they are locked and loaded with dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson.

and keep the Seahawks honest,Womens Demaryius Thomas Jersey, the Cardinals will once again lean heavily on 32-year-old running back Adrian Peterson to set the tone early and often. It's doubtful he will carry 37 times, as he did against San Francisco,To make Stanton comfortable,Authentic Demaryius Thomas Jersey,Womens Aqib Talib Jersey, but head coach Bruce Arians said Peterson will get plenty of snaps once again, even on short rest.

Stanton can use play-action against the aggressive Seahawks and target standout receiver Larry Fitzgerald. If the Cardinals cannot establish the run,If Peterson is able to become the focus of attention, Stanton's winning streak could be in trouble.

the Cardinals won't be too concerned about the Seahawks' run game because it barely exists. Instead,Authentic Emmanuel Sanders Jersey, the key will be containing the edges against Wilson,Authentic C.J. Anderson Jersey,On defense, who is at his best throwing on the run and finding help deep down the field. If the Cardinals plan to play a spy against Wilson, it could be versatile safety Tyrann Mathieu or even hyperactive rookie playmaker Budda Baker.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

--Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson vs. Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner. Wagner has been dealing with a hamstring problem and Peterson may be less than 100 percent coming off 37 carries (159 yards) just last Sunday. But these are two warriors who will be riled by the challenge presented. Peterson showed he is still very capable of breaking off big runs and if he meets Wagner in open space, it will be interesting to say the least.

--Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin vs. Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson. Baldwin is Seattle's top receiver and will draw occasional coverage from Peterson in man-to-man situations. Baldwin managed 100-yard receiving games in three of Seattle's last five meetings against Arizona

but must be on his "A" game to handle Bennett,Authentic Chris Harris Jr Jersey,Womens C.J. Anderson Jersey,--Cardinals RT Jared Veldheer vs. Seahawks LDE Michael Bennett. Veldheer has blocked much better after a seriously poor start to the season, even if Bennett is nursing a heel injury and was out of practice early this week. Bennett has 6.5 sacks and has the bull-rushing moves that made Veldheer prone to giving up quarterback pressures and hits.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Seahawks DE Dion Jordan. Jordan hasn't played in a regular-season game in nearly three seasons, but he could make his debut for the Seahawks Thursday night. The former No. 3 overall pick of the Miami Dolphins has missed the last two seasons due to suspensions and injuries.

FAST FACTS: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson passed for 350 yards, CB Richard Sherman collected 7 INTs, incl. 19-yard INT-TD, 18 PD and a FR. S Kam Chancellor totaled 24 tackles (in past 2 meetings.DE Dwight Freeney has 3 sacks in two games with Seattle ... Cardinals QB Drew Stanton passed for 201 yards & 2 TDs last week and threw 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs in past 5 starts vs. NFC West. RB Adrian Peterson is coming off 159-yard rushing performance Sunday and in 4 career Thursday games, has 354 yards rushing and 4 TDs. WR Larry Fitzgerald led team with 70 yards receiving last week and has 14,953 yards receiving in his career and surpassed HOFer Tim Brown (14, 2 TDs in past 5 meetings. DE Michael Bennett had sack in last meeting and aims for 5th in row vs. division with sack. In 12 career meetings, 4 TDs and no INTs for 117.8 rating in last meeting. He has 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.6 rating in past 4 at Az. WR Doug Baldwin led Seahawks with 7 catches for 108 yards and TD Sunday and has 38 catches for 533 yards (106.6 per game),934) to move up to 6th all-time. LB Chandler Jones ranks 4th in NFL with 9 sacks and leads league with 14 TFL. In 3 career meetings, has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs. S Tyrann Mathieu has 16 tackles and sack in past 2 home games. S Tyvon Branch leads NFL safeties with 66 tackles.

PREDICTION: Both teams have athletic defenders with evil intent. It's unclear if Arizona's top offensive playmakers -- Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald -- can overcome their age on a short week. This is one of those matchups that the Cardinals take personally after a series of frustrating games at home against the Seahawks, who are probably favored again -- elsewhere.

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