The Seattle Seahawks travel to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals this week at University of Pheonix Stadium. After a loss to San Francisco a couple of days ago this is a must-win for Arizona against the division leaders.
The Seahawks own the leagues best streak at home, standing at 11 games dating back to last season, so this is the best chance for the Cardinals to close the gap between themselves and Seattle. If not, they would be looking at a three game deficit in the division and staring at a difficult upcoming schedule.
As it is, four of the next five are at home, but they face division leader Seattle, followed by Atlanta. After a bye, a desperate Houston squad comes to town, then they travel to Jacksonville before returning home against the Colts.
If the Cardinals want to put themselves in a position to stay in the playoff chase, this is the week to prove it. Seattle will be looking for a knockout punch early to practically eliminate a division rival before the halfway mark.