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Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks Preview and Predictions 12-22-2019

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The Seattle Seahawks currently possess the top seed for the NFC playoffs and can't afford to slip up when they host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Seattle is one of four NFC teams with an 11-3 record and an NFC West showdown looms next week when the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers (11-3) meet.

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Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is enjoying a strong campaign and was named to his seventh Pro Bowl based on a stat line that includes 3,708 yards, 28 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Wilson has helped the Seahawks go 10-1 in games decided by eight or fewer points this season. "I love close games," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters. "I think they help you. They make you stronger. They keep you in the game longer. They make you have to focus farther, and it prepares you for more kinds of things that can happen that you need background and experience in. It would really be OK if we could win by a lot sometimes. That'd be fun." Arizona rookie quarterback Kyler Murray is having a strong season with 3,279 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Seahawks -9.5 O/U: 51

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (4-9-1): Running back Kenyan Drake has made a fine impression in his six games since being acquired from the Miami Dolphins and none was bigger than last week's performance when he established career highs of 137 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 38-24 victory over the Cleveland Browns. "It's bigger than me," Drake said after increasing his rushing output with Arizona to 417. "The game is not about any one individual player and whatever specific accolades he can accumulate. Not a lot of people get this opportunity. Maybe when I am 60 years old I can look back and think, 'I had fun' or whatever, but right now I am focused on the task at hand." Star defensive end Chandler Jones is headed to his third Pro Bowl and his 15 sacks are two shy of his career best in 2017 and his career-high six forced fumbles tie for the NFL lead.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (11-3): Wilson is 104 yards away from surpassing Matt Hasselbeck (29,435) as the franchise leader in passing yards - he already holds the touchdown passes record with 224. Star middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (ankle) missed practice Thursday and his status will be firmed up later in the week and that also holds true for safety Quandre Diggs (ankle) and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (core muscle). Wagner is headed to his sixth Pro Bowl and he ranks second in the NFL with 139 tackles and has topped 100 in all eight of his NFL seasons.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Wilson passed for 240 yards - one less than Murray - as the Seahawks recorded a 27-10 road victory over the Cardinals on Sept. 29.

2. Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald (711) has topped 700 receiving yards in all 16 of his seasons.

3. Seattle WR Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely for his latest violation of the NFL performance-enhancing drugs and substance abuse policies.

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Last Injuries

Seattle Seahawks

  • Cedric Ogbuehi

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ogbuehi has missed the past three games with a pectoral injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Dolphins.

  • Damien Lewis

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Lewis left the last game with an ankle injury, and it is up in the air if he will participate in Sunday's contest versus the Dolphins.

  • Ethan Pocic

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Pocic has a knee sprain, and there is no indication if he will be a participant in Sunday's clash versus the Dolphins.

  • Neiko Thorpe

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thorpe sat out the last game due to a hip injury, and it is unknown if he will compete in Sunday's showdown versus the Dolphins.

  • Rasheem Green

    Neck
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Green has wound up on the injured reserve list with a neck injury, and it is undetermined how much time he will miss.

  • Mike Iupati

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Iupati exited the last game due to a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field Sunday versus the Dolphins.

  • Lano Hill

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hill was forced from Sunday's game wit ha back injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will partake in Sunday's tilt versus the Dolphins.

  • Carlos Hyde

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hyde is bothered by a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will line up for Sunday's clash with the Dolphins.

Arizona Cardinals

  • Mason Cole

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cole has missed the past two games due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Panthers.

  • DeAndre Hopkins

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hopkins is managing an ankle injury, and it has yet to be established if he will face the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Christian Kirk

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kirk sat out the last game with a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will be active against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Chris Banjo

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Banjo left the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday versus the Panthers.

  • Budda Baker

    Thumb
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Baker is not expected to be in the lineup Week 4 versus the Lions due to surgery to fix a UCL tear in his thumb.

  • Byron Murphy Jr.

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Murphy Jr. is nursing a shoulder injury, but he is expected to line up versus the Lions on Sunday.

  • Jordan Phillips

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Phillips is dealing with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Dre Kirkpatrick

    Neck
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kirkpatrick is dealing with a neck issue, leaving his status for Sunday's clash with the Lions hazy.