Here’s the excellent news: The Cardinals are Four-Four and within the combine within the NFC. There’s little probability they will make a lot noise within the division; the first-place Rams (6-2) have been probably the most shocking tales of the season. The Seahawks (5-Three), who yearly discover themselves on this place on the midway level of the season, have made the postseason in every of the final 5 years, which coincides with Russell Wilson’s arrival in Seattle.
And this is the dangerous information: Despite Arizona’s document, it is one of many league’s worst groups, no less than on a per-play foundation. According to Football Outsiders’ metrics, the Cardinals are 27th in workforce effectivity, forward of solely the Giants, 49ers, Colts, Dolphins and Browns. Making issues worse: Arizona’s quarterback scenario went from dangerous to worse when 37-year-old Carson Palmer broke his non-throwing arm in late October and was positioned on injured reserve. He was changed by Drew Stanton, whose major weapons are Larry Fitzgerald, Adrian Peterson and jokes.
No significantly, Stanton, who was simply 15 of 30 for 201 yards (2 TDs, 1 INT) in final Sunday’s win over the 49ers, makes use of humor to ease the stress.
“Some people can misconstrue that laid-back sense of humor as a smartbad,” Stanton mentioned this week, through ESPN.com. “I’ve undoubtedly gotten that so much all through the course of my profession. I really feel like I’ve even matured slightly bit over time, so it was most likely even worse initially.
“I really feel like that is one factor I’ve all the time tried to do all through my complete profession. We make it onerous sufficient on ourselves. We take every little thing so severe, and it ought to be severe. It’s essential, however on the identical time, we have to exit and have enjoyable and also you solely try this by with the ability to loosen up and play at your potential. Sometimes, I simply go on the market and do what I have to do and attempt to be infectious with that in a roundabout way, form or type.”
Kidding apart, coach Bruce Arians has full religion in Stanton.
“When Drew steps within the huddle, there may be complete confidence within the different 10 guys,” Arians said. “They know he is aware of this offense inside and outside, and when he will get a scorching hand, he can actually mild it up.”
Unfortunately, there most likely will not be many alternatives to mild up the Seahawks’ protection. In half as a result of the unit is sixth in opposition to the go, however primarily as a result of the Seahawks are additionally 19th in opposition to the run. And whereas Arizona has struggled offensively — it is 27th total and 31st when operating the ball — count on a number of Adrian Peterson, who has rediscovered himself since arriving within the Valley of the Sun in mid-October.
Two weeks after speeding 4 occasions for 4 yards in his ultimate recreation with the Saints, Peterson went wild in his Cardinals debut. He completed with 26 carries for 134 yards and two scores. He had simply 21 yards the following week, a 33-Zero drubbing by the hands of the resurgent Rams, however he ran all around the 49ers final Sunday, carrying the ball 37 occasions for 159 yards.
If the Cardinals are going to have an opportunity in opposition to the Seahawks — Arizona is Zero-Three-1 at dwelling in opposition to Seattle within the Bruce Arians period — Peterson will want an enormous night time. And whereas All Day has been a unbelievable story these previous couple of weeks, it will not be sufficient to beat the lack of key gamers, together with one of many recreation’s greatest gamers: operating again David Johnson, who was injured in Week 1.
Prediction: Seahawks over the Cardinals, 24-20.
How to look at, stream
- Kickoff: Nov. 9, eight:25 p.m. ET
- TV: NFL Network
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It’s Color Rush Thursday (once more), y’all!
Every Thursday is Color Rush Thursday within the NFL. You’re welcome.
And this is an EA Madden simulation of what the matchup will appear to be:
Just like final season, Color Rush might be a Thursday Night Football staple. In the meantime, right here is each workforce’s Color Rush uniform from 2016.
AFC Color Rush
NFC Color Rush
Thursday night time schedule
‘TNF’ involves Amazon
After Twitter hosted a number of “Thursday Night Football” video games in the course of the 2016 for dwell streaming, it misplaced a bid for the NFL’s 2017 streaming bundle to Amazon, which is able to stream 10 Thursday night time video games — together with the Seahawks-Cardinals matchup — in the course of the season for Amazon Prime members. You can learn extra about Amazon’s deal right here.
Here are the video games obtainable for streaming from Amazon: