NFL Week 10 previews, odds, predictions,
SUNDAY, 8:25 P.M. ET, UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM, GLENDALE, ARIZ. ❚ TV: NBC/NFL NETWORK
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox
About the Seahawks: The Seahawks failed to pull off a second consecutive escape this past weekend . QB Russell Wil
son is looking to follow up a string of incredible fourth quarters with more consistency from the opening snap. Seattle’s defense has had some head-scratching fourth quarters as of late, and getting S Earl Thomas back from a hamstring injury could be a step toward remedying that. But while the Seattle defense continues to play well, the offense doesn’t look anything like a Super Bowl-contending unit, as Wilson remains the team’s best rushing option.
About the Cardinals: Despite their struggles and injury issues, the Cardinals are a win away from getting back into the playoff mix. Losing QB Carson Palmer didn’t hurt Arizona in Week 9 thanks to
Adrian Peterson’s 159-yard rushing effort. Peterson has struggled against Seattle’s defense in the past so the Cardinals likely will need more out of QB Drew Stanton. Arizona generated a pretty good pass rush against the 49ers and could have similar success against a Seahawks offensive line that’s still trying to come together.
Matchup to watch: Seahawks LT Duane Brown vs. Cardinals LB/DE Chandler Jones. Brown made his Seahawks debut last weekend after a trade from the Texans. Jones is the only Cardinals pass rusher who’s had consistent success this season.
Player to watch: Seahawks CB Sha
quill Griffin. Griffin has been beat on a few deep balls, like Kirk Cousins’ throw to Josh Doctson on the final drive of last week's loss, and he may be susceptible if the Sea- hawks are without Thomas again. Stanton might take a shot or two to whoever is matched up against Seattle's rookie corner.
Number crunching: 39.5. Quarterback rating of the three Arizona quarterbacks who have attempted to replace Palmer against the Seahawks since 2013. Stanton, Ryan Lindley and John Skelton have combined for zero touchdowns and six interceptions.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Create havoc: The Seahawks have the pass rushers to get to Stanton with a fourman . If Seattle can maintain pressure without needing to blitz, it will significantly limit an offense that already has deficits. 2. Avoid mistakes: Seattle was penalized 16 times for 138 yards and had three missed field goals against Washington. 3. Make plays on D: This matchup isn’t favorable for the banged-up Arizona offense that will be without Palmer and RB David Johnson again. It might take a defensive touchdown from S Tyrann Mathieu or CB Patrick Peterson to keep the Cardinals within striking distance.
4. Ride Peterson: Coach Bruce Arians may not to stray far from the game plan that won last week. He could call for at least 20 carries from the 32-year-old.
Cardinals’ Adrian Peterson