The NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals (13-2) already clinched a first round bye but still have much to play for when they host the Seattle Seahawks (9-6) in Week 17. Arizona has already set a franchise record for wins but with another on Sunday and a Carolina loss, the Cardinals could end the day as the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC.
Bruce Arians’ team is also looking for its 10th straight win when they attempt to sweep the season series from the Seahawks. With Carson Palmer piloting the NFL’s top offense in yards (420) and points (32.2) per game, Arizona locked down a bye with a 38-8 win over Green Bay in Week 16. Palmer ranks No. 3 in passing touchdowns with 34 and has surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for the fifth time in his career.
Larry Fitzgerald (103 receptions, 1,160 yards) caught his eighth touchdown of the season in Week 16 and needs one reception to set a career high for catches in a single season. Fitzgerald caught 10 balls for 130 yards in the Cardinals’ 39-32 win over Seattle in Week 10.
The Seattle defense ranks No. 2 in yards allowed (295.7) but the Cardinals racked up 451 yards of total offense in the Week 10 win. Seattle did force three turnovers in the game but allowed a season-high in points and allowed Palmer to throw for 363 yards and three scores.
Marshawn Lynch will miss his seventh straight game (abdomen) but the team remains hopeful he can play in the postseason. Thomas Rawls filled in admirably until his injury in Week 14 but the holes in the back field showed last week in a 23-17 home loss to St. Louis. Seattle rushed for a season-low 59 yards after running for 100 or more in every game this season. Christine Michael, Bryce Brown and Fred Jackson all got touches but Russell Wilson led the team in yards with 38.
Wilson had previously led the team to five straight wins without Lynch as the Seahawks clinched a wild-card berth with a 30-13 win over Cleveland in Week 15.
In the loss to the Rams, Wilson threw his first interception in six games after throwing for 19 touchdowns without an interception during the win streak. Doug Baldwin caught a touchdown for the fifth straight game and is tied for the league lead with 14. Baldwin had a season high eight receptions to go with 118 yards in Week 16.
The Cardinals defense held Green Bay to 178 total yards and forced four turnovers. Arizona ranks No. 5 in yards (319.5) and No. 1 in points (18.5) allowed per game.
Start Time: 4:25 p.m.
TV Channel: FOX
Betting Odds: Arizona -6.5