Week 10 begins tonight with the Seattle Seahawks flying into Glendale to face the Arizona Cardinals. The set up pits a struggling Seahawks team with a Cardinals squad suffering through an injury riddled season. Outside of Adrian Peterson a lot is up in the air. I want to go on record once again and say you CAN NOT trust Thursday night games. They’re wild, anything can happen but you CAN play the averages and analyze the match ups, so let’s get to it.
If you absolutely have to start one of these two you wanna put Wilson in. The Cardinals are allowing 250 yards per game passing. Seattle has no rushing game to speak of so it will be Russel’s shoulders to win this game. You can bet if they pull it out, it’s going to be through the air. Paul Richardson is coming off injury but Doug Baldwin should be available. Seattle has a chance to recover from a bad loss.
With Richardson mending Wilson will most likely need to look to Baldwin again for another big game. The talent is there, the match up is favorable and this is a divisional game in prime time. This is when good players step up and I expect Baldwin to do that.
It’s not any amount of faith in...whoever the Cardinals have at quarterback (Drew Stanton) but it’s Larry Fitz and his ability to thrive in any situation. The Seahawks are short their pro bowl Safety, Earl Thomas. This leaves a gap in the coverage that Fitzgerald can exploit and help out his quarterback. With Peterson pounding the line 30 plus times, Fitz makes a good change of pace to keep the defense honest and make them pay for loading the box.
Peterson is proving that he’s ready to play. Age hasn’t caught up with the back who has spent more time on the bench that a Hall of Famer would expect. With an injured QB and mediocre receivers outside of Larry Fitzgerald, the game plan has been openly ‘give AP the rock.’ This game plan paid off big time for fantasy owners last week. Expect even more of that on Thursday night against the Seahawks.
Dawson is 12 for 18 through week 9. The Cardinals have struggled to take advantage of Peterson’s ability to push down the field and don’t look to improve with Stanton under center. Dawson should get a good workload on TNF.
Even without Thomas the Seahawks are still a tough red one match up for Arizona. In the defense match up I’d take Seattle with a high yardage, low scoring effort form the Cards
For obvious reasons Drew isn’t an ideal starter. The Seahawks have an excellent record following a loss and still have the tools to harass Stanton all night long. There’s always the chance Stanton rips off a career game but he has not fared well against the Seahawks in the past and the Cardinals offense is centered around letting Peterson run the game plan for the foreseeable future.
Richardson has been a consistent contributor to the Seahawks offense that has struggled to remain in control of their future. However, an injury last week made Richardson questionable for this game. Scheduled to suit up, Wilson still has other targets without having to rely on the hobbled wide out.
JJ Nelson is Arizona’s home run guy. The problem is that if they aren’t going out of the park, Nelson disappears. Stanton isn’t the guy you want to trust in this scenario. Just sit him down.
Eddie Lacy was supposed to (finally) be the answer at RB for the Hawks. A week in the starter’s role proved he wasn’t getting it done in Seattle. With the Cardinals averaging about 100 yards surrendered on the ground, not a good night to take that risk.
Thomas Rawls stands to benefit from Lacy’s failures with another shot at the starter’s spot but until something gets going, the Seahawks have a stacked backfield with little to show for it.
The Seahawks will make you pay. Despite their struggles, Seattle has all the talent needed to walk into Glendale and take home an easy win. The Cardinals will need to be on their A game to hold back this passing attack.