Week 9 — vs Washington, Sunday Nov. 5th 1:05PT, FOX
CenturyLink Field being loud is only one of the reasons why it’s difficult for opponents to play there. Another reason is the weather and the LOB. Similar to the Houston game, the Seahawks will make life difficult for even a good quarterback like Kirk Cousins. They may have some trouble defending Washington tight end Jordan Reed, but I predict Reed will miss this game due to injury, leaving Cousins without one of his favorite targets.
Washington has quality receivers in Jamison Crowder and Terrelle Pryor, but if they’re missing the oft-injured Reed, those options will likely be blanketed with coverage most of the game. Their defense ranked near the bottom of the league last year, so Wilson and company should pick them apart.
Final Score: Seahawks 30, Washington 14 (6-2, Div: 1-1)
Week 10 — at Arizona Cardinals, Thursday Nov. 9th 5:25PT, NBC/Amazon
I doubt this ‘poopfest’ will end in a 6-6 tie like the last time the Seahawks visited Arizona, but the Cardinals will give Seattle trouble at home on a short week. The first and only Thursday Night Football game for Seattle will be sloppy, frustrating, and ugly, with the shifty Bruce Arians finding a way to drag his fading team toward a coveted win over their division rivals.
By this time, the Seahawks could be in the driver’s seat for the division crown, however. Arizona could struggle this year, especially if they have to start Drew Stanton or a rookie from next week’s NFL Draft for any extended period of time. If Carson Palmer holds up or makes it back for this game, it could be a bloodbath on Thursday night for both teams. I could see the Cardinals coming away beaten, bloodied, and victorious.