Seattle (5-3) at Arizona (4-4), 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime. A pair of NFC West rivals meet in the desert to open action in week 10 as Seattle travels to Glendale for a Thursday night contest with the Arizona Cardinals.

Seattle looks to rebound following a 17-14 loss to Washington in Week 9. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 297 yards with two touchdowns and added 77 yards rushing last week and linebacker Bobby Wagner had 12 tackles and recorded a safety. Defensive end Dwight Freeney, who signed with Seattle prior to Week 8, has three sacks in his first two games with the Seahawks. Washington led 7-2 at the half, thanks to a 1-yard run by RB Rob Kelly after the Seahawks sacked QB Kirk Cousins (247 yards, 6 sacks) for a safety to open the scoring. Washington then held off Seattle in the final 30 minutes of action and stopped a Seattle rally in the final seconds when Wilson’s pass to TE Jimmy Graham fell incomplete. Seattle, who outrushed Washington 148-51, went 5 of 14 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 32:19, while the Redskins kept the ball for 27:41, going 4 of 13 on third down tries.

The Cardinals enter Week 10 following a 20-10 victory at San Francisco. Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who led the team with 70 receiving yards in Week 9, has 14,953 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown (14,934) for the sixth-most receiving yards in NFL history. Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones had a sack last week and ranks fourth in the NFL with nine sacks in 2017. Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby, who had a sack and an interception in Week 9, is one of five players with at least 40 career sacks (43) and 20 interceptions (20) since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Arizona led 14-3 at the half against the winless 49ers in a contest that got chippy when Arizona’s Frostee Rucker and San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde were both ejected from the contest for fighting in the fourth quarter. Arizona outrushed San Francisco 167-63, with Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson leading all rushers with 159 yards, while Drew Stanton threw for 201 yards and a pair of TDs and San Francisco’s C.J. Bethard threw for 294 yards with a rushing TD but was sacked five times in the 10-point loss. San Francisco went 6 of 17 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:38, while the Cardinals, who ruled the clock and kept the pigskin for 36:22, went 7 of 16 on third down tries.

Week 10 marks the first of five Thursday Night Football games airing on NBC using the “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime). NBC will also broadcast the Pittsburgh at Houston game on Christmas Day.

Including games that were played in St. Louis when they called that city home, the Desert Angry Birds lead the series  18-17-1 and the Seahawks have outscored the Cardinals 903-691. They met twice last year, once in the desert and once in the Pacific Northwest.

Their first meeting took place in the desert and the two clubs played to a 6-6 tie at University of Phoenix Stadium on a Sunday night. That meeting took place in week 7 and the Cardinals took a 3-0 lead into the final quarter of play (they led 3-0 at the half) thanks to a 46-yard field goal by Carson Catanzaro with 3:11 left before the intermission. Seattle’s Stephen Hauschka would tie things up with a 40-yard field goal with four minutes left in regulation.

The two kickers then traded field goals in the overtime and both would have chances to win the contest for their teams but both failed in the overtime. Arizona’s David Johnson led all rushers with 113 yards on the ground, as the Cardinals outrushed Seattle 132-52 and Carson Palmer threw for 342 yards but was sacked four times, while Russell Wilson threw for 225 (neither man was sacked in the contest). Seattle on third down conversions went 3 of 14 and held the ball for 28:39, while the Cardinals, who kept the pigskin for 46:21, went 10 of 21 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Arizona took control of things in the Pacific Northwest in the second meeting in week 16 at CenturyLink Field, coming away 34-31 winners. The Desert Angry Birds led 14-3 at the break, then held off a late Seattle second-half rally and took the win as time expired when Catanzaro connected on a 43-yard field goal to take the road win. While Arizona failed to breach the 100-yard rushing mark in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks, they did manage to outrush Seattle 94-78, sacking Wilson (350 yards, 4 TDs) six times, while Palmer threw for 284 yards. The Cardinals were a somewhat dismal 1 of 9 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:18, while Seattle went 8 of 17 on third down (0 of 2 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 33:42.

In the week 7 Sunday night affair in the desert, the Desert Angry Birds were favored by 1 1/2 and the two teams ended the contest in a tie, which made things even and the 12 combined points didn’t come anywhere near the 43 1/2 over/under. In the week 16 contest in Seattle, the Seahawks were favored by 8 1/2 and Arizona won by 3. The two clubs managed to cover the 43 1/2 over/under by combining for 65 points.

Vegas likes the Seahawks in this first meeting, making them a 6-point favorite in the desert with the over/under at 41 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense and both numbers are reasonable. They’ll meet again in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks in week 17. Right now, it’s a Thursday night game in the desert and both clubs are trying to catch the suddenly hot Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West. Seattle covers the 6 in the desert and beats the Desert Angry Birds in their nest.

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Seattle), 81 (Arizona); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Seattle), 81 (Arizona)

Referee: Walt Anderson

Injury Report

Seattle
OUT: DE Marcus Smith (Concussion), G Luke Joeckel (Knee), RB Eddie Lacy (Groin)
DOUBTFUL: S Earl Thomas (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Donell Alexander (Ankle), WR Paul Richardson (Groin), CB Richard Sherman (Achilles), DT Sheldon Richardson (Oblique)

Arizona
QUESTIONABLE: WR Brittan Golden (Groin), WR Chad Williams (Back)

Weather Forecast: Game indoors (If roof is open, clear and 80 degrees)

Broadcast information, officials, logo and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

 

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