Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by A.J. Jefferson #20 of the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on September 25, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals each made a late playoff push and have plenty to hope for next season.

Both certainly had their ups and downs this season, but the resiliency they exhibited to close out the season has to be commended.

While it's clear who the best team in the division is, the No. 2 spot in the NFC West is up for grabs.

One of these teams has a shot at going .500 and finishing on a high note. Let's take a closer look to see who has the edge.

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)

When: Sunday, January 1st at 4:15 p.m. EST

Watch: FOX

Spread: Cardinals -3

The Cardinals are at home, and while being at home typically isn't much of an advantage for the Cards, they've forged huge upsets of late on their turf, including wins over the Cowboys and 49ers.

The Cardinals and Seahawks are both 3-1 in their last four games. The way the Seahawks have been running the ball though, it's impossible to pick against them. Throw in the fact that they are getting three? Forget about it. Take the points.

Over/Under: 41, according to Sportsbook

The last time the Cardinals scored more than 23 was in Week 8. That being said, the Seahawks have found a way to generate over 30 points in three of their last four, with the exception being against the best defense in the league in San Francisco.

This matchup screams under, but you've got to take the over.


Key Injuries via

Seattle Seahawks

David Hawthorne LB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice --
Ben Obomanu WR Knee Did Not Participate In Practice --
Kennard Cox CB Hamstring Full Participation in Practice --
Tarvaris Jackson QB Pectoral Full Participation in Practice --
Clinton McDonald DT Concussion Full Participation in Practice --
Malcolm Smith LB Concussion Full Participation in Practice --


Arizona Cardinals

Brandon Keith T Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice --
Patrick Peterson CB Achilles Did Not Participate In Practice --
Kerry Rhodes S Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice --
Michael Adams CB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice --
Sean Considine S Foot Limited Participation in Practice --
Rashad Johnson S Knee Limited Participation in Practice --
Kevin Kolb QB Head Limited Participation in Practice --
LaRod Stephens-Howling RB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice --
Chris Wells RB Knee Limited Participation in Practice --




Fantasy Big Plays

Start: Marshawn Lynch just ruined the 49ers' shot at perfection. He became the first back to rush for over 100 yards against them, and scored the first rushing TD their vaunted defense has seen all season.

The Skittles-powered nightmare has rushed for over 100 yards in six of his last eight outings. Don't worry about the injury unless his status changes. He'll be wanting to finish his contract year with a bang.

Sit: Don't let one monster game against the Rams trick you into thinking Beanie Wells is going to produce for you this week.

The biggest feast or famine back in the league hasn't generated over 100 yards since his 228-yard outing against the Rams on November 27th and won't be doing so this week.


Keys to a Seahawks Win

Run the ball tirelessly. Not every team is the 49ers. If Lynch is able to take over this game, the Seahawks are going to lock down a victory with ease. Plugging away will break the Cardinals down and give Seattle a chance to stay ahead from start to finish.

Stop Larry Fitzgerald at all costs. He's racked up over 100 yards in two of his last three outings. Aside from sporadic production from Wells, Fitzgerald is their only weapon. Stop him and the offense stops with him.


Keys to a Cardinals Win

Get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald. It doesn't have to be a perfect throw for Fitzgerald to make a play. He's one of the best in the business and throwing it up for grabs often results in a catch or pass interference. He took over the game against the 49ers and can do the same this week.

Load up the box. The Cardinals are allowing 120.5 rushing YPG. They're going to have to do better than that if they want to stop Lynch. Stopping the run at all costs is a necessity this week. Make them throw to win.


Prediction: Seahawks 31, Cardinals 20