By Sebastián Vallejo. Follow your project on @HolyRollerNFL
Week 11 of the 2021 NFL Season brings us the duel between Seahawks and Cardinals. A game that should look quite different for both teams than the previous one they had. Arizona should get Kyler Murray back, and in Seattle, Russell Wilson should look better than against Green Bay. However, since both quarterbacks are likely still less than 100% at their playing level, this game is open to both. Here we tell you everything you need to know about it.
How much does Kyler Murray’s condition affect?
Just like a couple of days ago, QB Kyler Murray’s presence in Week 11 is still a question mark. If he’s back, the Cardinals are a drastically different offensive proposition than without him. With Murray on the field, Arizona has a winning record this season thanks to his magnificent control of a unit that only works with and for him, but this game could end up being another opportunity for Colt McCoy or even the third quarterback. Chris Streveler.
Murray’s availability should be clear very soon, but since Wednesday morning it has been clear that he has a very good chance of being active this Sunday. It wouldn’t be good news to go with backup quarterbacks because the game plan changes dramatically as they don’t have the potential to extend plays or throw dangerously on the run like Murray does.
The complexion of this game naturally changes with Murray on the field. He’s an X factor for Arizona’s offense and a tough player for teams to plan the game. His ability to create plays in both the ground and air game is a boon for the Cardinals. Without him, the Seahawks have a real shot at their fourth win of the season.
In addition, we must add that the uncertainty still centers on the health of WR DeAndre Hopkins, who suffers a hamstring injury. Additionally, it is less easy to digest knowing that RB James Conner has shown multiple times that he struggles to be the starter in the running game and, lastly, his most recent acquisition, TE Zach Ertz, has been a flash of a single game. . HC Kliff Kingsbury does not have their roster ready for emergencies.
For a team that continues to seek to be the top seed in the NFC, the starting quarterback in this game will need to receive as much help as possible from all attacking pieces on offense against a Seattle defense that fails to execute accurately and disciplined.
It’s now or never for Pete Carroll and company
“Kyler Murray, inactive,” those would be the most beautiful words the Seahawks’ ears could hear as they sit at 3-6, desperately in need of a win. With QB Russell Wilson clearly limited in center, the Green Bay Packers provided them with a 17-0 shutout loss in Week 10.
Therefore, the key in Seattle this Sunday will be Wilson’s health. The veteran quarterback’s return from a finger injury couldn’t have been worse last week for the Seahawks, but do you really want to bet against the seven-time Pro Bowler and his Super Bowl-winning head coach falling flat on his face again in the season?
Those led by Pete Carroll should find their footing in a homecoming against their divisional rivals. This team is far more talented than its record indicates. They have lost three games by a field goal or less, and Wilson, of course, missed several weeks. If Seattle’s defense can hold out against a battered Murray, Seattle should not only win, it should do so in a dominant fashion.
A place like Wild Card in the National Conference is still absolutely achievable for the Seahawks, but they really need this game. You are understandably a little nervous about this match, but we’ve seen more outlandish things between these two bitter rivals in the past.
Can Arizona keep the NFC West lead? Will this be the duel that propels Seattle to close the second part of the season in an impressive way? We read you in the comments below this article and on our social networks.
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