Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks Prediction, Storylines: Can Russell Wilson, Seattle save their season?

What is our prediction in the Cardinals vs. Seahawks matchup in Week 11 with questions surrounding Kyler Murray's status still looming?

It’s now or never for the Seattle Seahawks, who enter Week 11 at 3-6 and the 14th seed in the NFC. One more loss — particularly to the division-leading Arizona Cardinals (8-2) — would presumably end any hope of the playoffs. Already those hopes are dim. FiveThirtyEight gives Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll just a 1 in 6 chance of returning to the postseason. But the Seahawks might be catching the Cardinals at the right time. What is our prediction in this Cardinals vs. Seahawks matchup?

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks storylines

The Cardinals and Seahawks meet Sunday for the 45th time, with Seattle leading the all-time series 22-21-1. This game has the misfortune of going head to head with the Cowboys vs. Chiefs, which means no one East of Montana will get it (legally) for free.

Will Kyler Murray play?

It’s not just the most important question of the game, but perhaps all of Week 11. Kyler Murray has missed the last two weeks with an ankle injury, and he’s officially questionable for this one. Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury on Friday called Murray a game-time decision. Colt McCoy would presumably get the nod if Murray cannot, but he’s a bit banged up too.

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Murray said this week that “when I’m ready, I’m ready.” So what’s the holdup?

“We’ve definitely progressed,” Kingsbury said. “We want to make sure he’s in a place where he can play his game, protect himself and do all those things, and if he can, he’ll be out there.”

Can Russell Wilson bounce back?

The hype of Russell Wilson’s return from finger surgery far outpaced his actual production. He had the fourth-lowest rated game of his long career (39.7) in a loss to the Green Bay Packers this past Sunday, and for the first time in his 150 lifetime starts, was shut out. Was that simply a matter of rust, or cause for greater concern?

Sunday will be a real test. The Cardinals’ defense ranks fourth in yards per pass (6.0), and fifth in yards per play (5.3) and third-down efficiency (33.6%). Plus, Sunday’s hiccups weren’t a one-time deal. On the season, Wilson is 22nd in expected points added (0.09) and 19th in QBR (50.4). He’s playing some of his worst football as a pro.

DK Metcalf needs to chill

Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf is too valuable to act so foolishly. But he often forgets that, including in Week 10, when he got tossed from the Packers game after grabbing Packers DB Henry Black’s facemask and pushing corner Rasul Douglas. It was the latest on-field meltdown from Metcalf, who has shown he can be easily baited by defensive backs.

“I think I’ve had an outburst three times this year, so we’ve talked three times,” said Metcalf, who leads Seahawks receivers with 8 touchdowns and 606 yards.

“The conversation has always gotten better. I’m a passionate player. I’m never going to back down from anything. He [Carroll] understands that, but at the same time, I’m starting to become a leader on this team, and I’ve got to grow up and continue to get better.

“I know I’m still a work in progress. I don’t like to use my age as an excuse, but I sometimes forget that I’m just 23 years old. So continue just to grow each day, and mistakes are going to get fixed.”

Cardinals vs. Seahawks betting line and game prediction

Vegas as of Saturday morning didn’t seem to expect Murray to play. The Cardinals are a substantially better team than the Seahawks, and yet were only laying 1.5 points. If Murray is indeed out, we like the Seahawks to win outright.

Cardinals vs. Seahawks Prediction: Seahawks 21, Cardinals 14

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