Surprisingly, this is the more exciting matchup in this game.
In their last three games, the Cardinals defense is allowing a mere 18.7 points per game. They’ve been very good against top-tier offenses like the Rams and Eagles and have given the team enough chances to win those games.
Geno Smith is making a very good case for comeback player of the year. He currently has the highest quarterback rating in the NFL at 113.2. He’s outplaying Seattle’s former signal-caller in Russell Wilson to this point.
While most anticipated the Seahawks to be terrible this season, their offense has been far from it. Smith and the pairing of D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have been sensational in their last two games.
Against the Saints, Smith made a number of jaw-dropping throws and continued to cement his status as a viable starting quarterback in the league. However, the Cardinals defense is the best group he’ll face in a number of weeks.
Seattle’s offense failed to produce against the Broncos and 49ers, but otherwise performed well against bad to mediocre units. This Cardinals group is likely on par with Denver and not quite to San Francisco’s level.
While their currently run is impressive, it’ll be interesting to see if they can replicate their previous two weeks against a much better defense.
Zach Allen, Byron Murphy and Isaiah Simmons are all impact young defenders that are ascending into Pro-Bowl talents. Paired with the veterans on the roster, this Cardinals defense is vastly exceeding their own expectations.