Entering Week 11 of the 2021 NFL season, not many expected the Seattle Seahawks to be 3-6 and currently ranked 14th in the conference.
The return of Russell Wilson was quite disappointing as the Seahawks got shut out by the Packers in Week 10. With many questioning the future of this organization, the Seattle Seahawks must now turn their attention to arguably the best team in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals. In years past, these two teams have had some wild games that have provided fans with some of the most memorable highlights. Of course, 12s will never forget the D.K. Metcalf chase-down from last year.
Nonetheless, if the Seattle Seahawks have any hopes of keeping their season alive, it starts with a win in Week 11 in front of their home crowd. On the flip side, Arizona wouldn’t enjoy anything more than sticking the dagger in Seattle’s heart in Lumen Field. Health will play a key factor in this game as both teams are dealing with key injuries to several players. Most critical being Arizona Cardinals QB, Kyler Murray, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.
Throughout the week, many members of the media have predicted the end of the Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll era in Seattle. While this team certainly has a long climb to the top, the best way to silence the noise is with a win.
Seahawks vs Cardinals Odds Week 11
Injuries or no injuries, you can expect this to be a close game. These two teams are very familiar with one another and both of their matchups last year were decided by one score. The betting odds will reflect that as well. The WynnBET betting odds have the Arizona Cardinals as a slight favorite, -2.5. The Cardinals have -135 moneyline odds with the Seahawks at +115. The over/under for total points is set at 48.5 (-110 for the under, -110 for the over).
Seahawks vs Cardinals Week 11
The Arizona Cardinals have surprisingly taken the league by storm this year. After numerous additions of key players in the offseason, most expected the Cardinals to be more competitive within the NFC. But, not many saw this coming. Kyler Murray has taken another step in his development of becoming an elite quarterback in this league and their defense has been wrecking havoc.
Ironically, the biggest struggle of this Arizona defense — and perhaps the biggest key to this game — is their rushing defense. Arizona currently ranks in the bottom half of the league, allowing an average of 116.6 ground yards per game.
KEY TO THIS GAME: Sustained offensive drives
As I have mentioned numerous times this Seattle defense has appeared to turn the corner. Although they are still giving up a lot of total yards, they have improved in consistently getting off the field, meaning more opportunities for the offense. Originally, many just brushed over this Seattle defense as they slowed down Ben Roethlisberger, then Jameis Winston in poor weather, followed by rookie QB Trevor Lawerence. But, I do believe their Week 10 performance proved this defense is climbing the ladder.
Similar to the second half of last year, the struggles on the offensive side translated into breakdowns on defense. This is something we saw on full display last week against Green Bay. The Packers nearly doubled Seattle in time of possession, which resulted in A.J. Dillion breaking numerous tackles throughout the fourth quarter. The reason is Seattle cannot sustain offensive drives. They rank 30th in third down conversions, with a success rate of 33.7%.
The reliance on the over-the-top play has hindered this team in the past and is affecting them right now. Pete Carroll has harped on running the ball more and that is what we should expect more of entering Week 11. Even though Chris Carson’s health is still uncertain, Alex Collins is more than capable of leading this backfield. Against Arizona — top 4 in total yards, top 5 in passing and 5th best scoring defense — Seattle must consistently convert and put together long scoring drives.
Similarly to what they did in Week 1 against Indianapolis. On the four scoring drives, they had at least had 6 or more plays. Sustained drives will ultimately result in a Seattle win. As Russell Wilson has shown in past, he always responds positively to adversity. I got the desperate Seattle Seahawks over the Arizona Cardinals, 31-27.