There are no days off in the NFC West and the Seattle Seahawks will need every minute to prepare for their next opponent on a short week.
On the calendar for Thursday Night Football is a division foe the Seahawks know well: the Arizona Cardinals. Seattle and Arizona already met once this season when the Cardinals stunned the Seahawks in a wild overtime finish at State Farm Stadium.
It was a game of two halves. Seattle won the first 30 minutes, 27-17, but Arizona rallied back to score 10 points in the final 2:28 of regulation to put the game in OT. Murray led the Cards downfield and put them in field goal position to win it all, but kicker Zane Gonzalez had a 41-yard field goal wiped out after Coach Kliff Kingsbury called timeout. Gonzalez’ second attempt went wide left and the door was open for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to seal the deal.
But the NFL MVP frontrunner threw his third interception of the game in overtime and Gonzalez got his revenge, kicking in a 48-yard second-chance field goal to give the Cardinals the 37-34 victory. It was Seattle’s first loss of the season.
Since that defeat in the desert, the Seahawks have gone on to drop two of their next three games. Coming off a 23-16 loss to the Rams on Sunday, Seattle has also been dethroned from the top of NFC West. The Seahawks, Rams and Cardinals all have a 6-3 record, but Seattle’s losses to Los Angeles and Arizona put them in third place in the division.
That could all change with a win over the Cardinals under the lights on Thursday.
Here’s what you need to know about the two teams’ Week 11 matchup:
- Seattle is 31-8-1 in primetime games since 2010, including 2-1 this year.
- The Seahawks hold a 9-1 record on Thursday Night Football and are 21-3 at home in primetime since 2010.
- This will be 44th meeting between the Seahawks-Cardinals. The series is tied at 21-21-1.
- Russell Wilson needs one more win to break a tie with Peyton Manning to become the NFL’s all-time winningest quarterback in a player’s first nine seasons with 93.
MONEY LINE: -- Seahawks: -170 —Cardinals: +145
POINT SPREAD: -- Seahawks: -3 (-121) -- Cardinals: +3 (+100) -- O/U: 57.5 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Thursday, November 19
Where: CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington
Start time: 5:20 p.m. PT
TV channel: FOX, NFL Network
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