Monday’s first NFL Week 16 match is between Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. The opening kick-off is set to commence at 08:05am with the game to be played at CenturyLink Field. The away team Seattle Seahawks are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks.
When: 08:05 | Monday 23/12/2013
Where: CenturyLink Field
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Welcome to Week 16 of the NFL season. This week, we have a big game for you, as the Arizona Cardinals travel to the Great Northwest to do battle with the NFC West-rival Seattle Seahawks. We will have live scoring updates and analysis throughout, so keep it locked right here.
The visiting Cardinals (9-5) have a lot on the line this week. If they lose and both San Francisco and Carolina win, they are eliminated from playoff contention. Arizona’s best chance is hoping both the 49ers and Panthers lose one of their two remaining games—Carolina has New Orleans at home before going to Atlanta to finish, while San Francisco hosts the Falcons on Monday Night Football before traveling to Arizona for a Week 17 clash.
While this game may seem un-winnable for the Cardinals, remember that the lowly Buccaneers had Seattle on the ropes after a 21-point second quarter. It took an unstable defense and iffy play-calling in the second half for the Seahawks to come back and ultimately win that game.
Arizona’s defense is superior to Tampa Bay’s, and its offense has hit full stride down the stretch. In fact, since losing to the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football in Week 7, the Cardinals own the highest per-game scoring average in the NFC, at 29.85 points per game.
Meanwhile, all the Seahawks (12-2) do is win at home. Quarterback Russell Wilson is a perfect 14-0 at Century Link Field. The NFL record since the 1970 merger for consecutive home wins to start a career is 16 by Danny White with the Cowboys in 1980-81 (h/t Cold, Hard Football Facts). Wilson has tied Marc Bulger with the Rams for third on the all-time list with his 14 in a row, and he can tie Kurt Warner—also with the Rams—with a win on Sunday.
But Seattle’s recent home success has been more than Wilson and Co. dominating. It has been stifling defense as well. Since the start of 2012, no team has a higher average points differential at home than the Seahawks—at plus-18.6 per game, they are a full two points ahead of Peyton Manning’s Broncos (16.6).