Seahawks biggest threat is not the opposition on Sunday

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Russell Wilson
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Russell Wilson /

As much of a roller coaster this season is for the Seahawks, with a little help from a rival, Seattle is playoff bound. Although Arizona has beaten Seattle at home the last three seasons, on paper the home team should prevail, as long as they do not beat themselves.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

The biggest NFC West rivals during head coach Pete Carroll’s tenure have come full circle. One of the most interesting teams over the last few seasons is Arizona. Primarily because whenever they travel to Seattle, they have won in the three prior meetings. And while Seattle is in must-win territory for a playoff seed and help, the losing streak to the Cardinals has to end on Sunday.

Seahawks on Offense

While the offense showed little rhythm on Sunday, the statistics mirrored the prior outings. Quarterback Russell Wilson only threw the ball for 97 yards and had a 66% completion percentage. He passed for two touchdowns, but this was not a typical performance. Also, Wilson did not even record the high rushing average on the day; Third-year running back Thomas Rawls did at four yards-a-carry.

Based off the stats above, the offense sputtered, but as nearly always made enough plays to win and had no turnovers. A similar theme can be followed on Sunday with the exception of not being penalized 11 times for 142 yards and going 4 for 11 on third downs. And quite frankly, there were a few questionable pass interference calls on the Seattle defense.

Yup, I still do not agree.

On Sunday, Seattle has to start fast and not give Arizona any life throughout the game. If the contrary ensues, we may have an unnecessarily close game with an underdog and the last time that happened was the Washington Redskins.

Considering who Arizona is putting out on the field on their offense, the Seahawks have to control the time of possession and not let the defense play the majority of any quarter.

Seahawks & Playoffs

After an unorthodox season, Seattle finds themselves in must-win territory with Carolina also needing to beat Atlanta in order for Seattle to make the playoffs. All things considered, it is the last regular season game at CenturyLink for 2017, therefore 12s should be making a lot of noise throughout.

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