Now that he is well into his seventh year, Russell Wilson is a known commodity in the NFL. He is going to give you consistently solid play, with some occasional brilliant moments thrown in for good measure.
In week seven against the New York Giants, Wilson passed for 334 yards, completed 27 of 39 passes and threw for three scores. The following week, he torched Houston for 452 yards by completing 26-of-41 passes and threw for four touchdowns and one interception.
Wilson came back to earth somewhat against the Washington Redskins last week in a 17-14 loss to the Redskins. His final stats were 24-for-45 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. His favorite target is Pro Bowl receiver Doug Baldwin, who had seven receptions for 108 yards and a score in the losing effort. On the season, Baldwin has 49 catches for 538 yards and three touchdowns. Tight end Jimmy Graham has four touchdown receptions so far this year.
Wilson is also the Seahawks’ leading rusher, having carried the ball 46 times for 271 yards and a touchdown.
Because of a season-ending injury to Carson Palmer in Week 7 against the Rams, Arizona is forced to counter with little-used Drew Stanton, whose biggest season came in 2014 when he played in nine games for the Cardinals.
Although Stanton is coming off of a victory against San Francisco last week, and is riding a four-game winning streak as a starter, his performances have been nothing to write home about. Stanton completed just 50% of his passes against the struggling 49ers’ defense and has a career completion percentage of 52.6.
Probably the biggest unknown for the Cardinals, however, is at running back, where Adrian Peterson has earned the starting job in place of the injured all-Pro, David Johnson. Peterson’s debut with Arizona was phenomenal as he rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns against the Buccaneers. He followed that up, however, with a 21-yard day against the Rams, then had 159 yards rushing last week against the 49ers.
The one constant for the Cardinals is perennial Pro-Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who led Arizona with 70 yards receiving in the win over San Francisco. Fitzgerald, at 34 years of age, is still one of the top receivers in the NFL, and has 50 catches for 564 yards and three touchdowns so far this season, good for fourth in the league.
Despite its struggles defensively, Seattle is among the league leaders in takeaway margin with 14 takeaways and nine giveaways. Its margin of plus-5 is good for a tie for sixth in the NFL. Cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas both have a pair of interceptions. Sherman also has one of the six total fumble recoveries for the Seahawks. Defensive end Michael Bennett has contributed 6.5 sacks.
Arizona’s defense is led by linebacker Chandler Jones, who ranks fourth in the NFL with nine sacks and leads the league with 14 tackles for loss. Safety Tyvon Branch leads all NFL safeties with 66 tackles and fellow safety Antoine Bethea is among the league leaders with three interceptions.
But the Cardinals have had a tough time holding onto the football. Arizona quarterbacks have thrown nine interceptions, and an additional four lost fumbles have left Arizona with 13 total giveaways as against only nine total takeaways. Its turnover margin of minus-four puts it in a tie for 25th in the NFL.
How to watch Seahawks at Cardinals
Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
TV Channel: NBC, NFLN
SB Nation Coverage: Field Gulls and Revenge of the Birds
Online Streaming: NBC Sports will be streaming the game. You can also use the Amazon Prime Video Service. International viewers can use NFL Game Pass.
Radio: 98.7 FM Live Arizona Sports Radio Online Radio Stream. Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (analyst) will call the action, and Scott Graham will host pregame and halftime shows.
Announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) and Heather Cox (sideline reporter).
Odds: Seahawks: -5.5; over/under: 41.5 (Bovada)