Three Seattle Seahawks to watch in their regular season finale against the Cardinals

After a tough loss in Week 17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle faces a must-win game in Arizona on Sunday.
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With the season on the line this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks are looking to bounce back from a tough 30-23 home loss to the Steelers. Seattle faces a Cardinals team looking to pull off another upset. As the Cardinals just shocked the Eagles in Week 17, with a 35-31 win.

Arizona is now led by Kyler Murray at QB, and they have played better than the team they were when Josh Dobbs was behind center. After starting out (1-8) through their first nine games, the Cardinals are (3-4) since Murray's return. Surely, getting a win in Arizona is going to be more difficult this time around for the Seahawks.

In their first matchup with Arizona back in Week 7, the Seahawks won by playing good defense, against an offense led by Josh Dobbs, as they allowed just 10 points. With Kyler Murray back, the Cardinals have been scoring more points and just put up 35 points against the Eagles. This means not only will the Seahawks defense need to work hard for a repeat performance from their Week 7 win, but they also are going to need to execute better on offense.

The Seahawks need to beat the Cardinals on Sunday to still have a chance to make the playoffs. Which players need to step up for the Seahawks to win on Sunday? Here are three Seahawks to watch in their last game of the regular season.

No. 1 - Running back Zach Charbonnet

With Kenneth Walker III dealing with nagging injuries, could Zach Charbonnet receive more carries this week? Despite receiving fewer touches than Walker, Charbonnet has averaged about the same number of yards per carry as Walker this season (Charbonnet has 4.2 yards per carry and Walker has 4.1 yards per carry). Since the Arizona Cardinals have the worst rushing defense in the NFL (giving up 143.5 rushing yards per game), expect the Seahawks to do everything they can to run the ball as much as possible. Whether Walker plays or not, Charbonnet should receive quite a few carries this Sunday.

No. 2 - Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith

Last Sunday was a bit of an up-and-down game for Seahawks QB Geno Smith. He did a good job passing the ball for 290 yards and one touchdown. However, he did have a critical fumble in the fourth quarter which proved costly. He also lost a fumble and threw an interception in the Seahawks' previous matchup with the Cardinals. Fortunately, because Seattle's defense played so well, the turnovers did not come back to haunt them in Week 7. Smith needs to do a better job of taking care of the football in this game for the Seahawks to win against the Cardinals.

No. 3 - Defensive tackle Leonard Williams

Leonard Williams has done a good job of generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks since the Seahawks acquired him from the New York Giants earlier this season. Williams has four sacks for the Seahawks this season, with three sacks in the last five games. Kyler Murray has been sacked 17 times in the seven games he has played this season. There should be plenty of opportunities for Williams and the Seahawks defense to come up with big sacks on Sunday.

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