Expert picks for Seahawks-Cardinals matchup in Week 18

The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks face one another for the second time this season in Week 18. This time, it is in Arizona. The Seahawks beat Arizona 20-10 in Seattle in Week 7 despite turning the ball over three times.

This time, the Cardinals are coming off their best win of the season and are 3-4 in seven games with Kyler Murray back in the lineup at quarterback. The Seahawks have lost five of their last seven games and need a win and some help to make the playoffs.

How will this game play out?

We have some expert picks and predictions below.

Jess Root, Cards Wire

Seahawks 27, Cardinals 24

I expect both teams to move the ball. The Cardinals outlasted the Eagles because they had the ball for nearly 40 minutes. They still allowed 24 points on defense in 20 minutes. However, Seattle won’t stop the rushing attack. It will be a high-scoring, close game.

Seth Cox, Revenge of the Birds/Rise Up, See Red podcast

Seahawks 35, Cardinals 31

I really want to pick the Cardinals to win this, but every time I trust them, they remind me they aren’t a very good team.

Tim Weaver, Seahawks Wire

Seahawks 31, Cardinals 30

I have to think this team was shamed enough by their loss to Pittsburgh to be on their A-game this week. The Seahawks are a better team on paper and have their playoff lives on the line. Given how poorly these two defenses are playing right now I am expecting a shootout and I think Seattle will come out on top.

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