The Arizona Cardinals lead the NFC West with a 6-2 record, while the Seattle Seahawks are even with a 4-4 record. The St. Louis Rams are now 4-5 after losing to the Chicago Bears, also 4-5, earlier today. The San Francisco 49ers anchor the basement with a 3-6 record on the season, and there is no indication that things will improve for that Bay Area team as they slide into the abyss.
The opportunity is there for Seattle, but can the Seahawks turn their season around with a win at home tonight, or will the Cardinals notch themselves one step closer to winning the division?
Here are a few pregame nuggets from NFL.com:
Marshawn Lynch is a game-time decision...
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was confident Friday that he'd have star running back Marshawn Lynch available for Sunday night's game against the Cardinals. After all, Lynch is often tagged with the "questionable" label on Seahawks' injury reports, and he usually finds his way to the field.
But NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that Lynch is just "50-50" to play because of a painful abdominal injury, per a source.
Lynch missed two games earlier this season with a hamstring injury, yet he's still managed to pile up 447 total yards from scrimmage and two scores.
If Beast Mode ultimately can't go, rookie Thomas Rawls is expected to get the nod in his stead.
Fitzgerald tells Sherman not to cover "a washed-up veteran."
Leading up to Sunday night's NFC West clash with the first-place Cardinals, it's natural to wonder if Sherman will be trailing a revitalized Larry Fitzgerald around the gridiron.
"I haven't had 1,000 yards in three years," Fitzgerald quipped, via the Cardinals' official website. "I hope he doesn't follow me. Old, grizzly, washed-up veteran. Go follow Mike (Michael Floyd) or something, or Smoke (John Brown)."
Leading the team in receptions (55), receiving yards (706) and touchdowns (7), that "old, grizzly, washed-up veteran" earned a spot on Around The NFL's midseason All-Pro squad.
As well as Fitzgerald has played this season, he has a healthy respect for Sherman as a top-notch cornerback.
Sherman is "as good as they come," Fitzgerald said, via The Arizona Republic. "Just in terms of his skill-level and ability. Then you couple that with his intelligence, he's really, really special. You really don't see any holes in his game."
Here is the comparison of both teams from NFL.com:
That's your preview for tonight's game. Here comes Carrie Underwood, which means kickoff is eminent. The comments section is open, the drinks are cold, and the usual rules apply.