The Seahawks (4-1) head to the Arizona desert for a primetime game against the NFC West rival Cardinals (3-3), a matchup that's set for 5:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, October 23 at Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium, with national television coverage on NBC (channel 5 in Seattle).
Seattle has won its last three trips to Arizona, outscoring the Cardinals 105-34. The Seahawks, who own a 15-3 mark in primetime games under head coach Pete Carroll, hold a 17-17 all-time record against the Cardinals and have won five of the last seven meetings.
Here's a look around the web at which side local and national analysts are predicting to win this weekend:
Elliot Harrison at NFL.com gives Arizona the edge, 23-21,* "Heckuva matchup that's lost a little luster, given that neither team has been dominant. TheSeahawks' primary charge this week will be stopping David Johnson, who is the most complete back in football this side of Le'Veon Bell. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson is enjoying another fine season. Do you realize he has the second-highest passer rating in NFL history? Crazy talk. The wild card in this matchup could be Michael Floyd, who seemingly emerged from the doghouse this past Monday nightto see more time on the field. Remember, it was Floyd who carved up the Seahawks on Sunday night last year with seven catches for 113 yards and two tugs. For all the talk of the Seahawks' offensive line holding them back, they've averaged 30 points per game over the last three outings. Still, giving Arizona the edge in the desert."*
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com predicts a 24-20 Cardinals win,* "The Seahawks' ability to run the ball will be tested. The offense is averaging just 3.17 yards per carry, which ranks 30th, and the Cardinals have been very good against the pass so far this season. On the other side of the ball, strong safety Kam Chancellor (groin) is looking like a game-time decision, and last week when the Seahawks played without him, they busted a couple coverages that led to long touchdowns. At 3-3, the Cardinals need this game a little more than the 4-1 Seahawks."*
Josh Weinfuss at ESPN.com also sees a 24-20 victory for Arizona, "There has been a trend in the Cardinals' two wins over the Seahawks since 2013: They have stopped the run. In both victories, Arizona held the Seahawks to 20 or fewer carries and 115 or fewer yards. This season, the Seahawks are ranked 25th in rushing offense and have rushed for 100 or more yards just twice."
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com has the Cardinals winning by three, 23-20, "This is a big chance for Seattle to take a big hold on the division lead. The Cardinals haven't looked right so far in the early part of the season, but I think they get it going here and David Johnson will run them to a victory."
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Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com thinks the Seahawks win by six, 20-14, "The Cardinals are a much better team than they showed early this season, but the Seahawks' defense is outstanding, and I think Carson Palmer is going to struggle on Sunday night."
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com has Seattle winning by seven, 30-23, "The Cardinals have won two in a row against one-win teams. They still have a long way to go to become what they were last year. The Seahawks likewise aren't quite what they were last year, but they're closer than Arizona is."
Peter Schrager at FOXSports.com predicts a big game for Arizona running back David Johnson and a 24-23 Cardinals win, "Arizona has won two straight, and I think the Cardinals keep it going Sunday night. Seattle has owned Arizona in that Bird's Nest the past three years, that's for sure. The Seahawks have outscored Arizona by a combined 105-34 the past three times the teams played in Glendale. But this has David Johnson National TV Coming Out Party written all over it. Give me the Cards in the game of the week."
Vinnie Iyer at Sporting News takes the Seahawks to win 27-20, "There's something a little off with Carson Palmer and Arizona's passing game, something that Richard Sherman and Seattle's defense, out to correct the bad lapses they had vs. Atlanta, can exploit. Palmer and Russell Wilson come in a little banged up, and they can't expect to get the boosts they've gotten from their running backs against these defenses. Doug Baldwin and Larry Fitzgerald are a wash, so it comes down to the other weapons who can get open for big pass plays. This is the kind of game for which the Seahawks got Jimmy Graham."
Chris Burke at SI.com predicts a 20-16 Seahawks win, "The Seahawks are 17–17 all-time against Arizona, but they've won their last two trips to the desert by a combined 71–12. Granted, Ryan Lindley was the Cards' starter for one of those games, and Carson Palmer sat early last year in Week 17 because Arizona had its playoff positioning locked up. Palmer's presence, in theory, levels the field, but his team's offense has shifted away from him and into the arms of RB David Johnson. Seattle's excellent run defense—not to mention its speed through the linebacking corps—could shift the onus back onto Palmer. Arizona's own defense perked up against the Jets on Monday. Houston/Tampa Bay castoff D.J. Swearinger has provided yet another athletic, fast-flying body to team with Deone Bucannon and Tyrann Mathieu. The question is if it that will be enough against Russell Wilson. Seattle's QB is on pace for a career high in passing yards this season."
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com picks in the Seahawks' favor, 23-13, "The Seahawks have won the past three road games against the Cardinals by a combined score of 105-34 while Arizona has won two of the past three games in Seattle. The strange thing in this matchup is that Seattle is the one whose rushing game is struggling, the Seahawks ranked 25th in yards per carry and 30th in yards per carry."
Four of the eight analysts at CBSSports.com think the Seahawks will win.
Eight of nine experts at ESPN.com pick a Seattle victory.
And four of five writers at USA Today have the Seahawks winning in Week 7.
The Seahawks and Cardinals have matched up 35 times throughout their history, with an even split of 17 victories each as well as a tie that came earlier this season. The two teams face off again this Saturday at CenturyLink Field to see who will lead the all-time series.