Preview: Seattle at Arizona

When: 8:30 PM ET, Sunday, December 21, 2014
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona



The Arizona Cardinals have wrapped up a postseason berth and can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs when they host the surging Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. Although the Cardinals hold a one-game lead over Seattle atop the NFC West, the Seahawks can take control of the division race and move into the mix for the No. 1 overall seed with a victory. Seattle beat Arizona 19-3 on Nov. 23 to start its four-game winning streak.

The Cardinals are down to their third-string quarterback after Drew Stanton was injured in last week's 12-6 win at St. Louis, leaving Ryan Lindley to make the start against the reigning Super Bowl champions. "Just be himself,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said of Lindley. “Just take the game plan and execute it. Throw it accurately and don’t try to be a hero and force things. But, don’t play scared, play smart.” That might be easier said than done again Seattle, which has permitted only 27 points over its last four games.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Seahawks -7.5. O/U: 36.5

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (10-4): The blueprint from last season's Super Bowl championship is starting to look eerily similar for Seattle, which ranks first in total yards (272.4) and passing yards (184.3) allowed and has been especially suffocating over the four-game run. "The hungrier team's gonna win," middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. "And that tends to be us. We're hungry." Running back Marshawn Lynch, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and at least 10 touchdowns in each of the past four seasons, was limited to 39 yards on 15 carries in last month's meeting versus Arizona, but Russell Wilson overcame seven sacks to throw for 211 yards and a TD to go with 73 yards rushing.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (11-3): Arizona managed only 204 total yards against the Seahawks last month and will be in a tough spot with Lindley, who enters his fifth NFL start - and first since 2012 - with career numbers of zero touchdowns and seven interceptions. "Ryan is prepared," Stanton said. “Everyone wants to look at his numbers and they aren’t glamorous, but there are a lot of guys, myself included, that went in there and didn’t have success at a young age." Kerwynn Williams has provided a lift by rushing for 175 yards in two games since Andre Ellington went down with a hip injury but the offense continues to struggle, averaging 12.8 points over the last five games.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Arizona is 7-0 at home and its 11 wins are the most in franchise history since 1925. 

2. Wilson has 34 wins in his first three seasons, the most by any quarterback. 

3. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has a reception in 161 straight games - the league's longest active streak - and is one shy of becoming the 10th player with 90 career TD catches. 

PREDICTION: Seahawks 20, Cardinals 13

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Seattle 10-4 W4 24.2 17.3 6-1 4-3 4-2 6-2 1-0 3-1 8-2
Arizona 11-3 W2 20.5 17.4 7-0 4-3 8-1 3-2 0-0 3-1 8-2

Last Meeting

Seattle Arizona
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/23/14 ARI 3 SEA 19 293 124 169 204 64 140

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SEA R. Wilson 77.3 211 1 0
ARI D. Stanton 53.8 149 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SEA R. Wilson 10 73 7.3 0
ARI A. Ellington 10 24 2.4 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SEA R. Lockette 1 48 48.0 0
ARI J. Brown 3 61 20.3 0
TDs Player TD
SEA C. Helfet 1
ARI J. Abraham 0
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SEA R. Wilson 62.6 2897 18 6
ARI D. Stanton 55.0 1711 7 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SEA M. Lynch 256 1133 4.4 10
ARI A. Ellington 201 660 3.3 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SEA D. Baldwin 56 669 11.9 3
ARI L. Fitzgerald 57 722 12.7 2
TDs Player TD
SEA M. Lynch 14
ARI J. Brown 5

Quickchart Matchup

Seattle Off vs  Arizona Def
361.6 yards
350 yards
5.2 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
6.8 yards/attempt
7 yards/attempt
Arizona Off vs  Seattle Def
321.6 yards
272.4 yards
3.3 yards/rush
3.6 yards/rush
6.9 yards/attempt
6.1 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-115
7.5
-110
39.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-115
9
-110
36
Sportsbook
-115
9
-110
36
5Dimes.eu
-109
7.5
-103
36.5
GTBets.eu
-110
7.5
-110
36.5
Top Bet
-110
8
-110
36.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
7.5
-110
36.5
BetDSI
-115
7.5
-110
36
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-119
7.5
-114
36.5
Belmont
-115
9
-110
36
BookMaker.eu
-115
7.5
-110
36
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
7.5
-110
36
Mirage
100
7.5
-110
36.5
Station
-110
8
-110
35.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Seattle Overall Arizona
10-4 W/L 11-3
7-6-1 ATS 10-4-0
7-7-0 O/U 4-9-1
24.2 Pts For 20.5
17.3 Pts Against 17.4
Seattle A/H Arizona
4-3 W/L 7-0
3-4-0 ATS 6-1-0
3-4-0 O/U 2-5-0
21.4 Pts For 22.4
17.9 Pts Against 15.0