The Arizona Cardinals (6-3, 3-1 away) and Seattle Seahawks (6-3, 4-0 home) face off on Thursday Night Football in Week 11 of the NFL season. Both teams are in the top three in the league in total offensive yards, so expect a shootout in the Northwest.
Thursday night’s kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. EST at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. According to oddsmakers, Seattle is a three-point favorite in the divisional contest.
What to Know – Arizona Cardinals
Hail Murray. That’s what the media is calling the final play of Arizona’s epic, 32-30, last-second victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The victory was huge for the Cardinals, putting them in a three-way tie with Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams for first place in the NFC West.
Kyler Murray had a slow start but continued his assault through the air and on the ground on Sunday. Murray completed 22-of-32 passes for 245 yards, one touchdown, and one interception as well as 61 yards rushing and two scores.
Murray’s lone touchdown pass came on the final play of the game to DeAndre Hopkins blanketed in the end zone.
Kenyan Drake was back in the lineup after missing time two weeks with an injury. Drake carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards, reaching the century mark for the second time this season.
Hopkins led all receivers with 127 yards on seven catches. The elite wideout found the end zone for the fourth time in his first year as a Cardinal.
What to Know – Seattle Seahawks
Seattle opened the season with a 5-0 record but have dropped three of their last four since and will try to bounce back on a short week. The tilt on Thursday against the Cardinals is one of the final tough matchups for the Seahawks this season.
Russell Wilson had a tough outing against a good Rams defense. The star quarterback completed just 22-of-37 passes for 248 yards and two interceptions. Wilson has thrown four interceptions over the last two games to just two passing touchdowns.
Signed off the practice squad, Alex Collins rushed the ball 11 times for 43 yards and his first touchdown in nearly two years. If Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde continue to be sidelined with injuries, look for Collins to lead the backfield for the near future.
Ten offensive players caught passes for Seattle, led by Tyler Lockett, who hauled in five passes for 66 yards. Rookie Freddie Swain added three grabs for 37, and veteran tight end Greg Olsen provided two catches for 33.
The Pick Is In
What a fun bout this should be as this matchup has all the fixings to be a high-scoring, thrilling shootout like their first game in the desert. Seattle averages a league-leading 32.2 points per game, and the Cardinals are just behind them at 29.6.
Seattle will be motivated to take care of business at home after dropping a 37-34 overtime loss at Arizona last month. However, Murray and Hopkins will be too much for Seattle to handle. Expect the Cardinals to leave Seattle with a sweep of the Seahawks.
The Pick: Arizona -3