Game Overview ::
By mike johnson >>
- This game is a rematch of a 19-9 Seahawks win from just three weeks ago, and the over/under is over 20 points higher than that game’s result.
- The Cardinals offense has looked rejuvenated with the return of DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore moving into his slot role.
- The Seahawks defense continues to improve and has given up only four touchdowns in the last three weeks.
- This game has huge NFC West implications, as a Seahawks win would put them squarely in the driver’s seat and basically knock the Cardinals out of contention due to a three-game deficit and losing both head-to-head matchups.
How seattle Will Try To Win ::
The Seahawks have won four of their last five games, and their defense continues to improve while Geno Smith keeps impressing with his ability to keep them in games and make plays when needed. They have been a balanced offense that has beaten teams both on the ground and through the air, with Kenneth Walker emerging as the clear lead back on the team who can grind out yards or explode for long runs. Lockett and Metcalf have been battling injuries but have yet to miss a game. Both are practicing this week, and we should expect closer to a full complement of snaps from each of them in Week 9 after they each played just under 70% of plays against the Giants.
Seattle’s pace of play is in the top half of the league, and they are top-10 in pass rate over expectation, as they’ve allowed Geno Smith to open this offense up when needed. We should expect a similarly balanced approach to what we saw in Week 6 against the Cardinals, but they may be more aggressive this week as the Cardinals offense has looked much improved from the unit we saw in that game. Basically, the Seahawks aggressiveness this season has matched the perceived threat of their opponent entering the game and as the game moves along. With the Cardinals offense coming alive, a proactive approach with the passing game being used to open up running lanes for Kenneth Walker seems like a prudent move. Part of the recent improvement in the Seahawks defense can be attributed to Seattle building early leads and letting their defense play from an advantageous position against more predictable opponents. A back-and-forth affair or when Seattle falls behind is when their defense has been most vulnerable, so we should expect the Seahawks offense to come out swinging to try and take control of this game.