The Seahawks suffered a rare let down at home last week as the lost 17-14 to the Washington Redskins, halting their four-game win streak. The Seahawks picked up an early safety as Bobby Wagner took down Kirk Cousins in the end zone, but they soon found themselves behind and coming into the fourth quarter they were 10-2 down. Russell Wilson did his thing and tossed a pair of touchdowns late, including a lead-taking 30-yard touchdown to Doug Baldwin. However, with 1:34 left the Redskins were led down the field by Cousins and quickly reclaimed the lead to silence the crowd.
Arizona traveled to San Francisco and hung another loss on the 49ers last week. Drew Stanton got the start in Carson Palmer’s absence and hit Jaron Brown early for a three-yard touchdown before the Cardinals turned the offense over to Adrian Peterson. The veteran back amassed 37 carries as Arizona took a comfortable 20-10 win.
Finding a ground game
Russell Wilson was once again the leading rusher for the Seahawks last week, picking up 77 yards on ten carries as Eddie Lacy and JD McKissic both struggled. Thomas Rawls wasn’t awful on his nine carries, but the Seahawks have simply been unable to produce anything this season when Wilson hands the ball off.
They need to start finding some semblance of a running game, and it starts with ditching the committee, especially Lacy, and leaning on Thomas Rawls.
How much juice does Peterson have?
A short week isn’t great for older running backs. A short week after you were run into the ground on Sunday is even worse. Peterson took 26 carries at 5.2 yards a pop in Week 6, his first as a Cardinal, and then just 11 at 1.9 the next week. His third game was a 37 carry effort that saw him register 4.3 yards a carry. I am expecting a let down this Thursday because the Seahawks front is tough to move the ball on, and his 32-year-old legs are going to have a hard time recovering in just 96 hours.
Earl Thomas’ health
The Seahawks were missing their star free safety last week, and it showed as the Redskins sliced them up in the final minute to steal a win. There is no indication yet on if Thomas (Hamstring) will be able to suit up for this game. If he is not there expect the Cardinals to flood the deep middle of the field with their crop of fast receivers and test the reads of Bradley McDougald.
Matchup to Watch: Duane Brown vs Chandler Jones
The newly acquired left tackle started last week for the Seahawks and did well, especially in pass protection. He will need to be on top form on Thursday though, as he will be going against Chandler Jones all day. Jones has been excellent in 2017, earning the $82.5 million extension he was given in February. He comes into this game with nine sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and 16 QB hits. His positional awareness and ability to hold the edge is fantastic and will test Brown all night.
Fantasy Tip: Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls
There is little to get excited about fantasy-wise for these two teams, but I expect to see a lot of Rawls on Thursday and with bye weeks for the Eagles and Chiefs there are those who need a sly waiver wire add this week.
Betting Tip: Under (41.5)
This game seems destined to be low-scoring. Two good defenses, two teams with blocking issues, and one backup quarterback does not seem like a recipe for a shootout, but then it’s Thursday Night Football and wacky things can happen.
Prediction: Seahawks 20 – 13 Cardinals
I expect Seattle to take this one. They need to get back on track and Wilson has been playing extremely well. If Earl Thomas is fit to play the Cardinals could well end up getting held out of the endzone altogether in this one.
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