The Seattle Seahawks (8-8) have one more game to go in the 2023 NFL regular season, and if results don’t go their way, there will be no more meaningful football for them until next September.
After a disappointing home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, the Seahawks find themselves out of a wild card spot. Their next opponent is the Arizona Cardinals (4-12), long eliminated from playoff contention but 3-4 under Kyler Murray since he returned from injury. Arizona just shocked the Philadelphia Eagles and turned the NFC East race upside down, and boast a potent rushing attack led by James Conner and rookie Emari Demarcado.
Seattle’s defense just gave up 468 yards of offense (including 202 on the ground) to the offensively-challenged Steelers, which makes this all the more tricky a matchup for the Seahawks. Unless the defense shows some level of improvement, Geno Smith and the Seahawks offense may need at least 30 points to win and potentially save their season.
What’s at stake?
The Seahawks need a win over the Cardinals and a loss or tie by the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears in order to make the postseason at the No. 7 seed. If Seattle ties or loses then that’s a wrap for the season.
Arizona is playing for pride, although depending on how this game goes, the Cardinals could wind up with the No. 2 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
Seahawks at Cardinals airs live on FOX at 1:25 PM PT on Sunday, January 7 with commentary from Kevin Kugler and Mark Sanchez, along with sideline reporter Laura Okmin. This is the place to follow all Seahawks-Cardinals game coverage!