Seattle Seahawks October 2020 preview
By Jake Luppino
Coming off their bye week, the first divisional matchup for the Seahawks comes in week 7 as they face off against the Cardinals in Arizona.
Sunday, October 25, 2020: Week 7 – Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals
The Seahawks first divisional game of the year comes against the Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona Cardinals are projected by many to be this year’s “worst to first” team. Meaning they will be the NFC West champions. The Cardinals made improvements in the offseason by trading for superstar wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins and drafting LB Isaiah Simmons.
DeAndre Hopkins has made an immediate impact on this Cardinals offense. In week 1 against the 49ers, Hopkins caught 15 passes for 151 yards. In the following week, Hopkins had 8 catches for 68 yards and 1 touchdown. In the past week, he had 10 catches for 137 yards. It is evident thus far that Cardinals quarterback, Kyler Murray, is loving his new weapon as he is averaging 11 catches and 118.7 yards per game. The one underlying element throughout the Cardinals first three games is that Kyler Murray has thrown at least one interception in each game.
While the Cardinals always battle with the Seahawks, I see the Seahawks winning their first divisional game of the year on the road in Arizona.
What Will Determine the Outcome: The away team typically always wins in this divisional rivalry
Oddly enough, in the previous years whenever the Seahawks and Cardinals have faced each other, the away team has always won. Last year, the Seahawks defeated the Cardinals in Arizona and the Cardinals defeated the Seahawks in Seattle in week 16. That week 16 game was one where Kyler Murray suffered an injury. The Seahawks still weren’t able to recover and win as they could not stop the run.
This year, the first matchup between these two is in Arizona, which means Seattle is probably going to win. The Seahawks have their much-needed bye week in week 6, which is right before this game. The bye week will allow this Seahawks team time to get healthy and be at full strength when facing the young and upcoming Cardinals team.
The Cardinals defense is a middle of the pack defense as they currently allowing 224.7 yards through the air and 110.0 yards per game on the ground. They will be going up against a red hot Seahawks offense. I also predicted that Josh Gordon will be reinstated in the month of October and I see him being ready to go in this one. WR Philip Dorsett should also be active in this game.
I see Seattle’s defense capitalizing on two interceptions from Kyler Murray and winning this one in a close game. I do not see a high scoring game as both teams know each other really well and always battle it out. With that said, Wilson will throw for 3 more touchdowns in this victory.