Sunday, Dec. 21
Kickoff Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern
On Thursday Night Football last year, the Seattle Seahawks dominated the Cardinals. The pass rush got after Carson Palmer, Marshawn Lynch did enough to wear Arizona's front seven down and Russell Wilson effectively utilized the play-action pass.
The culmination of those three things had the Cardinals begging for mercy by the time the clock struck zero.
However, things are setting up to be completely different this time around. Arizona improved on both sides of the ball this offseason, Seattle's pass rush took a step back and wide receiver Golden Tate is now a member of the Detroit Lions.
Those factors alone will prove to be the difference as long as Palmer protects the football and plays the way he did late in the season last year. Furthermore, Ellington's expanded role in the offense should help make him more of a threat as well.