He said / she said: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

In this abbreviated version of he said / she said, The Hit Hob editors Julian Rogers and Jessica Ridpath predict the week seven matchup between the Seattle Seahawks (4–1) and the Arizona Cardinals (2–3).

When: 5:30 p.m. PT Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Ridpath: Arizona is favored to win this divisional matchup — despite dropping their last three home games against Seattle with an ugly point differential of 105–34. After a dismal start to the season, the 3–3 Cardinals have looked sharper overall in their last two games. But consider the three mediocre teams they’ve beaten — the Buccaneers, 49ers, and Jets — who have a combined record of 4–13. With both Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer at less than 100%, this game will be won by the stronger defense. That’s clearly the Seahawks. Prediction: Seattle 31, Arizona 21.

Rogers: Jess makes a good point about the quality of the wins the Cardinals have managed so far in 2016. What’s also true is that the Cardinals have figured out where their bread is buttered: Put the ball in David Johnson’s hands. Johnson is averaging 5.0 YPC and already has eight touchdowns.

The red birds were forced to lean more on Johnson due to the temporary absence of Palmer (concussion). Now returned to the lineup, Palmer is questionable with a hamstring issue but expected to play. A hamstring problem may keep speedy John Brown out of the lineup, as well. That’s not a good development when going against the NFL’s top passing defense.

It is worth pointing out that the output of the Seahawks’ top three offensive leaders (Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and Christine Michael) pales in comparison to that of the Cardinals’ big three, Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and Johnson. The Cardinals stars are more explosive.

Yes, the Cardinals stunk it up the last time the two teams met, when the red birds’ playoff seeding was already determined. The game prior, on Nov. 15, 2015 in Seattle, the Cardinals got up big early and held on in a high-scoring event.

This series is weird. The visitor has won more often lately than the home team. But all streaks come to an end and I predict the Cardinals will finally win at home against the Seahawks for the first time in four tries. Prediction: Arizona 26, Seattle 24.

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