Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks close out their 2011 seasons as they meet on Sunday in Arizona. The Cardinals are -3 point favorites over the Seahawks with an over/under point total set at 41.
The Arizona Cardinals had their share of highs and lows this season but unfortunately for them it was just a few too many lows and no matter what happens in this one they will be watching the playoffs from home once again this season. Arizona has had one of the stronger finishes this season but it has been case of too little too late and really in the end just not enough. Last offseason Arizona acquired Kevin Kolb to play QB but Kolb has spent much of the year injured and John Skelton has played plenty but all Cardinals receivers have a common denominator, too many interceptions. Beanie Wells had redemption on his mind this year and he has rushed for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns. Larry Fitzgerald has 71 catches and eight touchdowns, Early Doucet has 53 catches and five touchdowns, and Andre Roberts has 47 catches. Defensively Arizona has 38 sacks, 11 fumble recoveries, and nine interceptions with a minus 12 turnover ratio and they allow 354.2 yards and 21.9 points per game. Daryl Washington has 95 tackles, Paris Lenon has 87 tackles, and Calais Campbell has eight sacks. Arizona had several chances to win close games this year and like last week against Cincinnati they came up empty too many times.
The Seattle Seahawks played hard all season and while they aren’t going back to the playoffs this year, even though they may have a better record than they finished with last year, they have a lot to build on for the future. The Seahawks still need a few more pieces to fill out the puzzle but they look to be headed in the right direction. Tarvaris Jackson has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Marshawn Lynch averages 4.2 yards per carry for 1,118 yards and 12 touchdowns. Doug Baldwin was the big surprise at receiver catching 48 passes and Golden Tate is contributing catching 30 passes. Defensively Seattle has 31 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries, and 21 interceptions with a plus seven turnover ratio and they allow 328.5 yards and 19.5 points per game. David Hawthorne has 102 tackles, Earl Thomas has 92 tackles, and Kam Chancellor has 89 tackles. The Seahawks will definitely be a team on the radar for next season.
Arizona is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against the NFC, 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 against the NFC West, and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games as a favorite. Seattle is 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 5-1 against the spread in their last six games as an underdog, and 9-4 against the spread against the NFC West. The home team has covered in eight of the last 11 meetings of these two.
Both of these teams would have been scary to face in the playoffs as they are playing well and can beat any team in the NFL in any given week but I see the Cardinals having the edge in this one as the home team has had the edge in this series.
Arizona Cardinals -3 Seattle Seahawks