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NFL game-by-game previews: Arizona at Seattle heads Sunday’s card

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson led two Seattle wins over Frostee Rucker and the Arizona Cardinals last season. But both games came against an Arizona offense without quarterback Carson Palmer, who will be in action on Sunday.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson led two Seattle wins over Frostee Rucker and the Arizona Cardinals last season. But both games came against an Arizona offense without quarterback Carson Palmer, who will be in action on Sunday. AP

The Big Game

Arizona (6-2) at Seattle (4-4)

7:30 p.m., KXAS/5

Line: Seahawks by 3

Cards seek three-game division cushion with just one sub-.500 team left to play. Arizona is 1-3 the past two years vs. Seattle. Both losses last year were without QB Carson Palmer, fifth in passing yards (2,386), second in TDs (20). Seahawks are NFL’s worst in red zone touchdowns (29%).

Best of the rest

N. England (8-0) at NY Giants (5-4)

3:25 p.m., KTVT/11

Line: Patriots by 7

Patriots are charging toward a seventh consecutive AFC East title. Shuffling along offensive line and loss of RB Dion Lewis will test their resilience. Giants’ defense took the gloves off, except on Jason Pierre-Paul, and allowed its fewest yards in a month and recovered three fumbles.

Kansas City (3-5) at Denver (7-1)

3:25, DirecTV/714

Line: Broncos by 4 1/2

Chiefs’ season spiraled downward when they lost at home to the Broncos, the first of five losses in a row. They’ve now won two straight but again see Denver, a team that’s beaten them seven consecutive games. Broncos lost their first game, and their composure, in Indianapolis.

Minnesota (6-2) at Oakland (4-4)

3:05, DirecTV/713

Line: Raiders by 3

Vikes have won four in a row (by 21 total points) to go 6-2 for first time since 2009 with Brett Favre at QB. But next five games are all against teams at .500 or better. Raiders allowed a team-record 597 yards to Steelers and still had a chance to win on the road.

Worth a look

Miami (3-5) at Philadelphia (4-4)

Noon, KTVT/11

Line: Eagles by 6

Dolphins are only team at 0-4 in their division. Since their 41-point first half against Houston, they’ve been outscored 95-27 the past 10 quarters and lost two straight. Eagles have found their legs, running for at least 158 yards four games in a row. They have an NFL-best 20 takeaways.

Carolina (8-0) at Tennessee (2-6)

Noon, DirecTV/711

Line: Panthers by 4

Panthers lead the NFC playoff contenders by two games and the NFC South by three. Next four foes are 11-22 combined. QB Marcus Mariota’s career-high 371 passing yards led Titans to 34 points, nearly equal their total (36) the past four games. They’ve lost nine in a row at home.

New Orleans (4-5) at Washington (3-5)

Noon, DirecTV/712

Line: Pick ’em

Saints’ three-game win streak ended despite scoring on their first three possessions and never trailing until Tennessee’s winning FG in OT. Redskins were running in place vs. Patriots, gaining a mere 37 rushing yards, and were down 17-0 for the second game in a row.

Viewer discretion advised

Detroit (1-7) at Green Bay (6-2)

Noon, DirecTV/709

Line: Packers by 11 1/2

The Lions had a front-office shake-up since their last game, come off a bye and visit Green Bay, where they haven’t won since 1991. Packers have lost back-to-back games with Aaron Rodgers at QB for first time since 2010. Next up are four NFC North games in an 18-day stretch.

Chicago (3-5) at St. Louis (4-4)

Noon, DirecTV/708

Line: Rams by 7

Bears’ last five games have been decided by three or fewer points. Rookie RB Jeremy Langford had 142 total yards, a TD and a 2-point conversion vs. Chargers. WR Wes Welker should help Rams’ NFL-low third-down conversion rate (24%). Or just hand ball to rookie RB Todd Gurley.

Cleveland (2-7) at Pittsburgh (5-4)

Noon, DirecTV/707

Line: Steelers by 6

Steelers’ wheel of misfortune landed on QB Ben Roethlisberger, again, meaning Landry Jones takes over. With RB DeAngelo Williams and WR Antonio Brown, who teamed for 531 yards against Oakland, it might not matter. Browns haven’t won at Heinz Field since 2003.

Jacksonville (2-6) at Baltimore (2-6)

Noon, DirecTV/705

Line: Ravens by 5

Jags have lost 13 in a row on the road and have six fourth-quarter turnovers the last three games. Ravens’ losses are by 30 combined points. Their wins came on late FGs. They’ve gone five games without forcing a turnover. Five home games, and road tests at Cleveland and Miami, await.

Bye weeks for Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Diego and San Francisco

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