Week 11 Thursday Night Football Preview: Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks

Last time these 2 teams played

Week 11 of the NFL Season is upon us and to start things off we have a rematch of what was one of the best games of the season, this time the Cardinals go to Seattle looking to maintain their division lead in the very competitive NFC West. Last time these 2 teams met we had: an unbelievable play by DK Metcalf chasing down Budda Baker after an interception, mind boggling coaching decisions in Overtime, a missed game winning Field Goal and finally an actual game winning Field Goal. Here’s hoping this matchup is anywhere near the game it was last time.

Here I’ll provide who has the edge in each department of offense, defense & special teams to see who is the likely winner of this ballgame.

Who has the Edge when the Cardinals pass the ball?

Despite trading for Jamal Adams prior to the season the Seahawks pass defense has remained atrocious this year, as they rank dead last with passing yards per game allowed, they also rank 24th in passer rating allowed, and 26th in passing defense according to Football Outsiders. Kyler Murray is red hot right now, even though his biggest strength is his running ability he also has a cannon for an arm with enough touch that his deep balls are a dangerous weapon for the Cardinals offense. Currently the Cardinals have the 13th best passing offense and that will likely improve after the game against Seattle.

Edge: Cardinals

Who has the Edge when the Cardinals run the ball?

For as bad the Seahawks defense has been overall, their running defense has been really good. They’re 4th best in the league in yards per game allowed and yards per attempt allowed. Last time they faced off Kenyan Drake really struggled before getting hurt as he only averaged 2.4 yards per carry on 14 attempts, while Chase Edmonds averaged over 10 yards per carry on 5 attempts. It’s a matchup of strengths for both teams and last time the Cardinals combined for 159 yards rushing, mostly due to the Seahawks defense being completely exhausted near the end of the game.

Edge: Cardinals

Who has the Edge when the Seahawks pass the ball?

Despite Russell Wilson struggling with turnovers the past few weeks, the Seahawks offense has still moved the ball up and down the field, and the Cardinals pass defense has struggled against Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Allen these past 2 weeks, even though they did pick off Allen two times.

Arizona has an above average pass defense, but nowhere near the elite range which makes it tough to stop Russell Wilson if they don’t manage to get turnovers. Last time they had 3 and they needed them all to win in overtime, I doubt Wilson struggles as much this time.

Edge: Seahawks

Who has the Edge when the Seahawks run the ball?

The Seahawks do have an elite running back on their roster, unfortunately he won’t be available this week. While Carson is out, at least Carlos Hyde seems to be playing against the Cardinals. With Carson and Hyde out of the lineup the Seattle running game has been extremely pedestrian and Russell has had to take on an even bigger responsibility in the offense. It’s tough to say which team has the edge here since Hyde has been out of the lineup the past 3 games and the Arizona run defense isn’t anything special or anything. I still do doubt that Hyde can completely change the running game for the Seahawks.

Edge: Cardinals

Who has the Edge in Special Teams?

Jason Myers has yet to miss a kick all year (albeit he’s only attempted 10 field goals) and Michael Dickson is an absolute Weapon in the punting game, while Zane Gonzalez has only hit 78% of his field goals. 

According to Football Outsiders the Seahawks have the 3rd best Special Teams unit, and Arizona has the 21st. It’s clear who has the advantage here.

Edge: Seahawks

Tally: Cardinals 3-2 Seahawks

Prediction:

Arizona defeats the Seahawks in a high scoring affair, and Kyler Murray cements himself as a certified MVP candidate.

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