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Friday Round-Up: Picks And Predictions For Week 7 Matchup With Arizona Cardinals

National and local media make their picks for our first divisional game of the year.

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Happy Blue Friday, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today, October 23, about your Seattle Seahawks.

Picks and Predictions For Week 7 Matchup With Arizona Cardinals

The Seahawks (5-0) will look to extend their franchise-best start to the season as they follow up the bye week with the first divisional opponent of the season — the 4-2 Arizona Cardinals.

League officials flexed the Seattle-Arizona game into the Sunday Night Football slot on Thursday, meaning the Hawks will play in primetime for the third time in six games this season. Since 2010, the Seahawks are 30-7-1 in primetime games.

Kickoff is set for 5:20 p.m. PT at State Farm Stadium. The game will be televised by NBC. Here's what national and local media had to say about the matchup this week.

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal predicts a competitive game, like most Seahawks-Cardinals meetings, but it's the Seahawks offense that he believes will put them over the top this time around. He likes Seattle, 34-27:

"The Cardinals have faced the fourth-easiest schedule in the league thus far, according to Football Outsiders. This week will begin to test their staying power … I worry about the Cardinals' outside cornerbacks holding up against DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett in yet another Seahawks game that figures to be a shootout."

Will Brinson of CBS Sports also likes Seattle to get the road win in a close one but doesn’t quite think they’ll cover the -3.5 spread, predicting a score of 24-21: "The Seahawks were dominant before their bye, but they also don't have any defense. Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins should give them trouble. You can get deep on these guys and feast on outside corners and the Cards have the personnel to try it. I don't think Arizona comes out with a statement but I do think it can sneak in the backdoor if Seattle is up."

Brinson’s colleague Pete Prisco also cited the Seattle defense as a liability and thinks its performance will contribute to the Hawks' first loss of the season: "The Cardinals are on a short week having played Monday night, but they have to feel good about the way they played in that game. Seattle is coming off a bye, so a big edge in rest. The Seattle defense has major issues, while the Arizona defense seems to be growing as a unit. I think both teams will score a lot and Russell Wilson vs. Kyler Murray will be a treat, but it's the Cardinals who win it. Pick: Cardinals 32, Seahawks 30"

On the flipside, LA Times NFL writer Sam Farmer thinks the defense will be able to capitalize on Murray’s mistakes: "Kyler Murray is really fun to watch, but he also makes his share of mistakes, frequently throwing high and missing open receivers. Seahawks defense steps up, and Russell Wilson continues his roll. Prediction: Seahawks 31, Cardinals 24."

Three of four Seattle Times sportswriters chose the Seahawks to improve to 6-0 on the season — Adam Jude predicts the Cardinals to do just enough to get a close win, 28-27: "Kyler Murray is looking more and more like the next Russell Wilson, and Arizona's balanced attack could spell trouble for the Seahawks. More notable is an Arizona defense — led by former UW star Budda Baker — that ranks among the best in the NFL and appears capable of doing just enough to slow down the Seahawks' league-leading offense."

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio and Michael David Smith both think Russell Wilson and the offense give the Seahawks the upper hand in an otherwise evenly matched game. "I like the way Kyler Murray is playing right now, but I love the way Russell Wilson is playing, and I don't see the Cardinals' defense stopping him," Smith said. He likes Seattle by a score of 28-20.

"The Cardinals have a six-day turnaround, the Seahawks have two weeks to get ready," Florio said. "Also, the Cardinals may not be able to slow down the high-octane Seahawks Offense enough to outscore it." His score prediction: 34-27.

Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News likes the trend of high-scoring Seahawks games to continue, and thinks they'll grab a 31-27 victory in the desert: "The Cardinals don't have their most impactful defender, Chandler Jones, to pressure Wilson. Kyler Murray isn't facing worrisome rushers from the Seahawks, but they'll just make enough plays on his receivers to preserve victory in another high-scoring affair. Pick: Seahawks win 31-27 and cover the spread."

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Ben’s Fund, founded by John and Traci Schneider to help people with autism and support autism awareness, is launching a virtual auction today at noon. The charity, founded in 2012, has raised over $4.25 million through an annual Prime Time celebrity waiter event. Unfortunately, like most events during the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans were put on hold and have ultimately gone virtual for 2020. But there are plenty of unique items to bid on while supporting an important cause, with 100% of proceeds benefiting Ben's Fund.

  • Russell Wilson autographed football
  • Bobby Wagner autographed action green replica helmet
  • DK Metcalf autographed football 
  • K.J. Wright autographed replica jersey
  • Greg Olsen autographed football

The auction goes lives today at noon, and ends at 8 p.m. PT on Friday, October 30. Start your bidding here.

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Homemade Yogurt Pops

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When DK Metcalf was asked about his favorite part of playing wide receiver, he said touchdown passes —- because they're like Pokémon, obviously. Never change, DK.

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