Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks (4-1) head to Arizona this week to play
the Cardinals (3-3) on Sunday Night Football. Seattle enters the game looking to
extend its 1.5-game lead over the Cardinals, who are tied with the Los Angeles
The matchup to watch is between the Arizona offense and Seattle defense. Cardinals
running back David Johnson leads the fourth ranked rushing attack in the NFL that
is averaging 124.3 yards per game. Johnson leads the NFL with eight rushing
touchdowns and ranks third with 568 rushing yards. He’s also a skilled pass catcher,
bringing in 20 receptions for 265 yards on the season.
Seattle saw just as difficult of a matchup last week against the Atlanta Falcons
running back duo of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman. The Seahawks held the
two to a combined 50 yards on 17 carries. Atlanta was averaing 457.4 total yards of
offense per game, but Seattle held the Falcons to just 362 total yards in a 26-24 win.
Sherman will go up against another elite receiver this weekend, Larry Fitzgerald,
who is sixth in the NFL this season with 37 receptions for 410 yards and tied for the
league lead with five receiving touchdowns. The last time the two faced each other
was week 17 of last season, when Sherman and the “Legend of Boom” held
Fitzgerald to just 55 yards on six receptions, but Fitzgerald did catch the Cardinals’
only touchdown in a 36-6 Seahawks rout.
On the other side of the ball, the 11 th ranked Seahawks passing attack goes up
against Arizona’s third ranked passing defense. The Cardinals secondary shutdown
Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets last week, only allowing 174 passing yards on 16 of 31
passing and forcing two interceptions. Arizona is tied for the lead in the NFL with
nine interceptions and 10 forced fumbles, so taking care of the ball is a primary
focus for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense.
Game time is at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT Sunday on NBC.