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2019 Week 16: Seahawks vs Cardinals Picks & Predictions

National media make their picks for Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals.


Brady Henderson,**: Seahawks 30, Cardinals 21

What to watch for: Keep an eye on Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin chasing Kyler Murray. Griffin has become a regular in the Seahawks' pass-rush rotation over the past five games, and Pete Carroll gave what seemed like a hint that he could factor heavily into this game because of how his speed matches with that of Murray.

Pete Prisco,**: Seahawks 27, Cardinals 20

The Seahawks are the top seed in the NFC right now, and this game is big to try and achieve that. The Cardinals looked better on offense against the Browns, but this will be a tough challenge. Seattle is pushing for a lot more in this one, and that drive will be the difference. Russell Wilson and gang stay as the top seed.

Josh Weinfuss,**: Seahawks 27, Cardinals 24

Bold prediction: Murray will throw for two touchdowns and run for another while proving that the noise in Seattle isn't too much for him. But the Seahawks will win on a last-second field goal. -- Josh Weinfuss

Tadd Haislop,**Seahawks 28, Cardinals 20

The Seahawks shouldn't lose to the Cardinals. Then again, the 49ers weren't supposed to lose to the Falcons last week, either. For that reason, Seattle can't afford to let this become a trap game ahead of its Week 17 rematch (and likely NFC West title game) against San Francisco. Thanks to great matchups across the board against the Cardinals' struggling defense, the Seahawks should be just fine and will stick as the No. 1 seed for at least one more week.

Gregg Rosenthal,**: Seahawks 28, Cardinals 20

The only Seahawks win by more than one score all season came in Arizona, so I don't blame the 12s for being confident this week. Even if Patrick Peterson is finally playing well again, Russell Wilson and friends should be able to rack up stats against this porous Cardinals secondary. The game could feature its usual Seahawkian complications, however, if Pete Carroll's squad doesn't have Jadeveon Clowney and Ezekiel Ansah back. Give Kyler Murray time, and he's liable to make the home crowd uncomfortable in the fourth quarter, like it has been in every other home game this season.

Michael David Smith,**: Seahawks 34, Cardinals 20

MDS: The Seahawks are heading for a Week 17 showdown with the 49ers, and they won't let the Cardinals get in their way.

Michael Florio,**: Seahawks 31, Cardinals 17

Florio's take: The table is set for the Seahawks to nail down the No. 1 or No. 2 seed; they simply need to win their last two games, both at home.

Cody Benjamin,**: Seahawks 30, Cardinals 23

Kyler Murray and Kenyan Drake make for an exciting QB-RB duo under Kliff Kingsbury, and Arizona has a future. The Seahawks are still playing for something, though, and they shouldn't have trouble getting up and down the field at home.

Sam Farmer,*Los Angeles Times*: Seahawks 34, Cardinals 21

The Seahawks have the chance to be the No. 1 seed, so they're hungry. Seattle is a really difficult place to play. The Cardinals have won some games, but they're still in the early stages of a turnaround.

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