Russell Wilson? RG3? That Seahawks defense? Home field advantage? Let's take a closer look and break down this Sunday playoff match-up.
So the Seahawks opened up at -1.5 favorites on Sunday and by the time the clock struck midnight, it had already been bet up to -2.5. It took a few days, but -3's starting appearing on the board around mid-week. The good news for those of us that like the Seahawks (and have multiple books to shop at) is there are still -2.5's available for a bit extra juice. Most sharp books have the line around -2.75 with juice attached to favorable lines on each side (odds from SBRforum).
All the media talk for this game is focusing on the Wilson/RG3 match-up, which is fine, but that's not what I'm going to spend much time talking about here. Both have been phenomenal and it will be fun to watch, but I don't see either as having a huge edge over the other.
It's only been a matter of days since "Black Monday" and the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, and almost the entirety of his offensive staff. In the days which have followed rumors have abounded about who will take responsibility for rebuilding the Arizona Cardinals. And while it remains early days, two candidates have quickly taken the front runner positions, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
While Reid quickly became reporters favorite to win the job following Whisenhunt's firing, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton was considered the sure-thing beforehand.
It's only been a matter of days since "Black Monday" and the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, and almost the entirety of his offensive staff. In the days which have followed rumors have abounded, and speculation about who will take responsibility for rebuilding the Arizona Cardinals. And while it remains early days, two candidates have quickly taken the frontrunner positions, Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Reid was widely reported to be the leading candidate in Arizona, with early reports suggesting that his hiring was a done deal, and that everything else was mere formalities. In the hours which followed much has been said and done which poured cold water on the early excitement, and most have stepped back from the sure-thing position they preciously held.
However, at the same time, Reid was always one of three coaches the Cardinals had initially named in their search, along with Horton and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and according to all official sources, nothing has changed. The Cardinals still intend to interview Reid, and he remains a real contender.
Less than 24 hours after the Arizona Cardinals fired their head coach, the team was ready to appoint his successor, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid. Or at least, that is if the ubiquitous NFL "sources" and "insiders" are to be believed.
The rumors initially began to roll when Tim Ring of KYVK-TV tweeted "I am reporting the Cardinals are very close to a deal with Andy Reid to become the team's next head coach." He later followed up by adding "Reid follow-up: I am told by a league source that the Cardinals deal with Andy Reid is "all but done"." He later replied to a question confirming that his sources said Tom Heckert would form be part of a package deal with Reid.
It has been another season many in the Arizona Cardinals organization would prefer to forget. In many ways, the team's final loss of 2012 mirrored the entirety of their season—early promise on defense masking the teams offensive ineptitude, before the wheels finally come off as the game and season dragged on.
Their to say that their 5-11 record is about right, though a huge disappointment for a defense with as many positives as the Cardinals, is in fact generous for a team who started four different quarterbacks, and failed to get Larry Fitzgerald more than 800 yards for the first time since his rookie season. To put things in perspective, even with Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton at quarterback in 2010, Fitzgerald was able to post 1,137.
Though the season may be over, the fallout is only just beginning. In the coming days and weeks, the Cardinals have no shortage of tough decisions to make, but all of those start now, with the dreaded black Monday, and the inevitable coaching and front office changes which follow.