The Seattle Seahawks travel south to the desert for a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
Seattle sits atop the NFC West with a 5-1 record. Arizona is already two games behind at 3-3, tied with the St. Louis Rams at the bottom of the highly competitive division.
It's hard to find a weakness on Seattle's roster.
The team runs the ball as well as—if not better than—any team in the league, and Marshawn Lynch has turned in exemplary performances in each of Seattle's last three games.
Combined with one of the most dominant defenses in the league, the ability to pound the ball between the tackles allows the Seahawks to control the clock and dictate the pace of the game.
Arizona, on the other hand, exhibits glaring weaknesses on a weekly basis.
The Cardinals turned the ball over four times against the San Francisco 49ers and couldn't stop the run with the game on the line. Tyrann Mathieu is a little ball of football fury, and his presence on the back end has made a huge difference, but he can't cover the entire field.
As the only NFL game on television, the eyes of the nation will be on these two teams Thursday night. Here's a look at when and where you can catch the action:
When: Thursday, Oct. 16, at 8:25 p.m. ET
Where: U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Watch: NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 40.5 pts.
- Spread: Arizona (+6.5)
Seahawks Injury Report (via Seahawks.com)
Cardinals Injury Report (via AZCardinals.com)
How Many Interceptions Will Carson Palmer Throw?
Palmer was supposed to give the Cardinals a boost at the quarterback position this year, but he hasn't been much better than the horrific play Arizona received last year from Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Brian Hoyer and Ryan Lindley.
How many INTs will Palmer throw?
Through six games, Palmer has thrown just seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Play that out over 16 games, and he'd finish the season with 18.6 touchdowns and an astonishing 29 interceptions.
Seattle's not the team you want to face with a struggling quarterback, either. Only the Kansas City Chiefs have forced more turnovers (18) than the Seahawks (17) this year. Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas each have three interceptions this year, and Kam Chancellor has two.
The Seahawks will cruise to victory if Palmer continues to turn the ball over like he has this season.
The only team that has beaten the Seahawks this year is Indianapolis, thanks to another spectacular fourth-quarter comeback by Andrew Luck.
The Cardinals don't have Luck, however, and Palmer's propensity for turning the ball over will doom his team.
Which team will win?
Russell Wilson is playing at an extremely high level again this year, rarely hurting his team with poor decisions. He won't need to win the game with his arm, however, as his defense will put his team up early and facilitate a heavy dose of the power running game in the second half.
Marshawn Lynch has totaled 405 yards and has scored three touchdowns in the past three games for Seattle. The Cardinals couldn't stop Frank Gore and San Francisco's rushing attack Sunday, and they won't be able to stop Lynch from having another big game.
Seahawks win 28-17
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