The Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks are both members of the West Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) and two of the better teams in the entire league. The squad from the northwest represented its conference in last year’s upper Bowl and lost to the New England Patriots on a goal line interception in the game’s final moments.
Seattle got off to a surprisingly poor start this season, but seems to have gotten itself “back on track” in the past couple of weeks.
The Arizona Cardinals didn’t make it to the Super Bowl last year, but this team has been getting better every season over the past few years. In fact, Arizona is in first place in the division with a Won-Loss record of 6-2 while the Seahawks find themselves in a tie for second place with the St. Louis Rams. Each team has a Won-Loss record of 4-4.
Their respective records help make this game critically important. A win by the visiting Cardinals can turn Seattle into little more than an afterthought, a team with no chance to finish first. However, if the home team Seahawks prevail, it will be reasonable to assume that “the race to finish first” is on between the Cardinals and the Seahawks.
It needs to be said that Seattle has been, in recent years, very tough to beat when playing in front of its own fans. The Seahawks’ home field is considered the loudest in the entire National Football League (NFL), an intimidating location for visiting squads.
Add to the home field advantage the fact that Seattle plays defense at a very high level, forces turnovers and keeps opposing quarterbacks off balance and it becomes easy to understand why visiting teams fly home with a loss to think about.
But, the Arizona Cardinals may be a team that lessens the Seahawks’ edge when playing at home because this squad from the desert has played in Seattle so many times in the past. Moreover, Arizona, like the host team, has a defense that shuts down offenses, a defense that plays aggressively and effectively.
In truth, the defense that the Cardinals put on the field is the primary reason why this team is in first place. Of course, it also helps that Arizona has a true franchise quarterback, Carson Palmer, a player with leadership ability and physical skills that turn him into a difference-maker.
Russell Wilson, Seattle’s very own franchise quarterback, has similar skills to those of his counterpart in this Sunday’s showdown. It is reasonable to expect that when these two tough and rugged squads square off several days from now, “sparks will fly.”
And the better team, whichever it is, will win the game.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report