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Week 17: Seahawks vs Cardinals Picks & Predictions
Check out which side the national media is predicting to win Sunday's regular-season finale between the Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals:
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com has the Seahawks winning a close one, 21-20, "The Seahawks will win the sixth seed if they beat the Cardinals and the Falcons lose to the Panthers. I think Seattle will take care of their business here, but the Arizona defense is playing good football. I think they will keep this game close, even with Drew Stanton at quarterback. Seahawks win it, though."
Elliott Harrison at NFL.com sides with the Seahawks this week, predicting a 28-20 win, "The Seahawks are vying for that final NFC playoff spot. The Cardinals aren't going to Seattle to get their butts kicked. This a heckuva intriguing game. Seattle clearly isn't the same football team that cruised into the postseason in each of the past five years. Despite the Seahawks' recent dominance of the NFC West and spectacular home-field advantage, Bruce Arians is 3-1 in Seattle. Drew Stanton will start for the second week in a row, after leading the Cards to a win over the Giants (20 for 34, 209 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions). I wasn't planning on typing a note about Russell Wilson here ... until our research department and @RealJackAndrade sent a note that the Seahawks quarterback accounted for 97.2 percent of his team's offensive touchdowns this season, the highest figure in the Super Bowl era. Unbelievable."
Brady Henderson at ESPN.com believes Seattle's defense will carry the team to a 21-13 win, "The Seahawks are playing for a playoff spot Sunday, needing a win over Arizona and a Falcons loss to make it as the No. 6 seed. Holding Dallas to only four field goals in Ezekiel Elliott's return showed that Seattle's defense isn't dead despite the temptation to pronounce it as such after the Seahawks were hammered 42-7 by the Rams a week earlier. With the postseason on the line and a backup quarterback in Stanton on the other side, Seattle's defense should lead the team to a victory, even if its offense remains stuck in neutral. "
Josh Weinfuss at ESPN.com projects a 10-point win for Seattle, 27-17, "The Cardinals are 3-1 in Seattle since 2013 under coach Bruce Arians. That one loss came when Drew Stanton started in 2014. Stanton may be 2-1 this season as a starter, but he's completing just 51.2 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and four interceptions."
Chris Simms at BleacherReport.com has the Seahawks coming away with a close victory, 21-20, "I expect the Cardinals to outplay the Seahawks in almost the entire game, but I also expect Wilson and Carroll to find enough late-game magic to keep their slim playoff hopes alive."
Sam Farmer at the Los Angeles Times puts Seattle on top, 24-20, "The Cardinals have proved they are capable of winning at Seattle, but that's with Carson Palmer at quarterback. Arizona's defense has been on fire since Week 10."
Michael David-Smith and Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com each have the Seahawks winning this weekend (MDS 30-20, Florio 24-17), with Florio writing, "Don’t look now, but the Seahawks may be heading for the postseason — and possibly for a rubber match against the Rams."
Jim Moore at 710Sports.com thinks the Seahawks take care of business against Arizona, 24-3, "I’m not so sure about the Carolina-Atlanta outcome, particularly since the Falcons are favored by four, but the Seahawks will easily hold up their end of it in Seattle."
Sporting News' David Steele sees a 25-12 win for the Seahawks, "How the Seahawks stayed on their feet and survived the Cowboys after the floggings they took from the Jaguars and Rams earlier tells you they’re genetically incapable of going down easy."
All eight polled at SBNation.com pick Seattle to win, as do the eight who have been polled so far at ESPN.com. Seven of eight experts at CBSSports.com like the Seahawks this weekend, while all five writers at USA Today are siding with Seattle.Read