SEAHAWKS AT CARDINALS
- 2:25 p.m. Saturday
- State Farm Stadium
- Line: Cardinals -6.5 (For more details see BetMGM.com)
The three biggest things to watch for Sunday when the Cardinals play the Seahawks at State Farm Stadium:
One Is Not A Streak, But Two Is
Snapping the losing streak was a big deal for the Cardinals. But this feels like a game the Cardinals need to get to stack on that, to make it a two-game winning streak going into the playoffs (as opposed to losing four of five heading in), and to even the Cardinals' record at home this season at 4-4. The Seahawks are coming off a dominant win over a team that whacked the Cardinals (the Lions). Russell Wilson is in a better place than he was the first time these teams played, they have a better running game with the way Rashaad Penny has played, and the Cardinals may sit a couple of banged-up pieces. Still, the Cardinals are the better team, and they need to show it Sunday.
Farewell To Russ (At Least Twice A Year)?
Before Aaron Rodgers and his future was a thing, it was Russell Wilson. The Seahawks QB never went anywhere, and he's still under contract for next season, but the stories aren't going to go away at this point. This is Wilson's 20th game against the Cardinals and 10th in Arizona. His first NFL regular-season game was in this building. Will his last with the Seahawks also be at State Farm Stadium? I wouldn't think the Cardinals would miss Wilson twice a year (and if he went to the AFC, they wouldn't necessarily even play him), but it also won't be a surprise if Wilson remains in Seattle. He's a good quarterback. You usually don't want to get rid of those guys.
The scoreboards at State Farm Stadium are pretty big. It's hard not to notice something when it's flashed on the screen. There is no question there will be times Sunday while the Cardinals are hosting the Seahawks, that the board will feature the score of the simultaneously played 49ers at Rams game. The Cardinals players and coach Kliff Kingsbury say they won't be paying attention, but can they really pull that off? The Cardinals win the NFC West if the Rams lose and they win. It's a simple concept. It's nice that a playoff berth doesn't hinge on scoreboard watching this season, but it'll be hard not to peek a time or two.