In Week 7 of the NFL season, it will soon be time for a massive NFC West clash on Sunday evening. With the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks now slated to battle it out on Sunday Night Football thanks to a league decision to flex the game to primetime, these two NFC West foes will be going toe-to-toe as the toughest divisional in all of football remains very much up for grabs.
With the Cardinals fresh off of a rout of the Dallas Cowboys and the Seahawks coming off of a bye week, Arizona will enter this contest at 4-2 and Seattle at an undefeated 5-0. As the Los Angeles Rams also sit at 4-2 and the San Francisco 49ers at an even 3-3, this divisional bout could ultimately be quite meaning for the victor regardless of whether it is the Cardinals or Seahawks.
However, with Seattle absolutely rolling, could the red-hot Cardinals play spoiler in Week 7? It is definitely possible…
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray will outplay Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
The Arizona Cardinals have a very special player under center in second-year quarterback Kyler Murray. However, the Seattle Seahawks have the perfect counter in NFL MVP frontrunner and veteran quarterback Russell Wilson. In a clash made for prime time, this matchup should come down to how these two play. With Wilson currently surging in a major way, the Seahawks signal caller is due for a stinker, which could very well come against the Cardinals. In a game that could solidify Murray as a bonafide superstar in the spotlight of primetime, expect the versatile Cardinals quarterback to actually outplay Wilson on Sunday evening.
Cardinals WR Christian Kirk will lead the team in receiving yards
Even with Arizona Cardinals wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald still in the mix, it will actually be up-and-coming wide out Christian Kirk that leads his team in receiving yards in Week 7. With Kirk impressing against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6, thanks to his 80-yard touchdown reception, he will continue his hot streak against the rival Seattle Seahawks and will steal the show alongside quarterback Kyler Murray. Kirk will go over 100 yards receiving while more than likely finding the end zone yet again in Week 7. Because the majority of the Seahawks’ focus will need to remain on Hopkins, who is one of the best pass catchers in the NFL today, Kirk will be able to eat along the outside in addition to way down the field.
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray will score at least one rushing touchdown
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is one of the most versatile players in the entire league at any position as it stands today. The definition of a dual threat quarterback, Murray is equally as dangerous with his arm as he is his feet, which has already helped the Cardinals more than a few times this season. Of course Murray will throw for a touchdown or two against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7, but he will also find the end zone by way of the ground game at least once. It wouldn’t be tremendously surprising to see Murray produce more than one rushing touchdown against the Seahawks either. Because the Seahawks will need to worry about the Cardinals’ offense hitting them from every direction, perhaps Murray can scamper around the field a bit more than usual as Seattle will be forced to concern itself with the likes od wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald and Andy Isabella in addition to running back Kenyan Drake.
Cardinals will upset the Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks currently sit in first place in the NFC West division, the toughest group in all of football, while also holding onto the top seed in the NFC as it stands today. The only remaining undefeated team in the NFC entering Week 7, the Seahawks will finally encounter the franchise’s first loss of the year on Sunday evening against the rival Arizona Cardinals. With the Cardinals at 4-2 and the Seahawks at a perfect 5-0, a win for Arizona can go a very long way as far as both the NFC West and NFC standings go come playoff time. The Seahawks surely won’t go a perfect 16-0 this time around so Seattle will have to lose at some point — especially when playing in some very close games over the course of the last several weeks. Not only that, but six games against the toughest division in the league should result in at least a few losses for the Seahawks with the Cardinals presently serving as a legitimate threat.