Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks
Date and Time: Sunday, December 31, 2017, 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Opening NFL Odds: Seahawks -10
Seahawks vs. Cardinals TV Coverage: FOX
The Seahawks need to beat the Cardinals and have the Panthers beat the Falcons to get into the postseason. Anything less, and Pete Carroll's team is going to be left out of the playoffs.
The argument could be made that this team doesn't belong anyway. The Seahawks still have a tremendous amount of problems along their offensive line, they still have no running game, and Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman aren't walking through those doors anytime soon.
Still, the fact that they're still alive is a testament to this team's will. It's coming off of one of its best results of the season, a 21-12 upset of the Cowboys in Dallas, the game that saved its season.
The Cardinals have always been pests to the Seahawks, and you can bet that they'd love nothing more than to end Seattle's season on its own field on Sunday.
This could end up being the last game in the careers of both Bruce Arians and Larry Fitzgerald. Both men seemed a bit more emotional than they should have been after a Week 16 win over the Giants in what was the last home game of the season, and that's leading to speculation that these two vets are going to ride off into the sunset together.
Fitzgerald, though, is having yet another fantastic season and could probably keep going if he wanted to. He has 101 receptions for 1,101 yards and six touchdowns, and he's fresh off of a nine-catch, 119-yard performance against the Giants.
Joe Buck said it best last week during the third quarter when he suggested that the only way the Seahawks are moving the football is if Wilson is doing it by himself.
Wilson is the best rusher on this team by far, and that's really more out of necessity than anything else. This is a passing team through and through at this point, and Wilson should be considered an MVP candidate even if he doesn't get the Seahawks into the playoffs.
Of the 36 offensive touchdowns the Seahawks have scored this season, 35 of them have either been thrown by Wilson or run in by Wilson. He has thrown or rushed for 4,312 yards; the rest of the running game has combined for just 978 yards, and no man has more than 69 carries (Eddie Lacy) or 208 yards (Chris Carson).
Buck is right: If Russ isn't doing it, nobody is doing it.
Cardinals vs. Seahawks Free Picks
Let's call the Seahawks what they are: Frauds. Seattle had no business beating Dallas last week. Dez Bryant effectively brain-farted and cost the Cowboys two turnovers. The defense was playing against a team that just got back Ezekiel Elliott from a six-game suspension and didn't have Tyron Smith for effectively the whole game. On top of that, Dan Bailey missed two field goals and still made four others.
The Cowboys shot themselves, and that's why they're not a position to get into the playoffs anymore. The Seahawks were merely the beneficiaries.
This is a dumb amount of points by offered by all of the best internet sportsbooks. There's a reason why all of the early action by the sharps is reportedly coming in on the Cardinals. They don't have the better team, especially with Drew Stanton under center, but they're definitely good enough to win this game against all odds.
NFL ATS Pick: Cardinals +10 at BookMaker.eu
NFL Score Prediction: Cardinals 20, Seahawks 14