by Chris Lovi - Columnist NFLWeather.com | 12-09-2012 11:00
Late Sunday afternoon, rain will continue to fall when the Arizona Cardinals travel north to take on the Seattle Seahawks. Even though Seattle is winless within the division, they are 5-0 at Century Link Field this year, having beaten Tom Brady’s Patriots in a drizzle. NFLWeather.com forecasts a 40% chance of rain, cloudy skies with a high near 43.
In Seattle’s first meeting with Arizona earlier this season, QB Russell Wilson was sacked three times, picked off once and played one of his worst games of the season. But that was Wilson’s first career NFL start and the Cardinals aren’t going to see the same quarterback this time around. If Wilson can avoid turnovers and manage to connect on shorter passes to his receivers, Seattle should win this game in typically miserable Pacific Northwest weather.
Arizona quarterback John Skelton has struggled to find his consistency this season. It has been over a month since Skelton has seen extensive action. This gives the advantage to the Seahawks defense that thrives on the loud crowd’s energy. It is going to be tough for Skelton to do any pre-snap reads. The Cardinals offense will have a hard time getting anything going with rain and crowd noise both being a huge factor. According to NFLWeather.com’s Historical Analytics, the Arizona Cardinals, who play in a dome, have only seen rain twice in the past two years and lost both games to the Seahawks and 49ers.
With teams close behind them in the playoff race, the Seahawks are absolutely in a must win situation with an underperforming Arizona team visiting their home turf. With the San Francisco 49ers heading into New England next week, Seattle has high hopes. Even though these teams have had close games in the past, you can expect Seattle to treat this like a playoff game.
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