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Cardinals vs. Seahawks Open Thread

A struggle for NFC West supremacy tonight in Phoenix.

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday Night Football, week 16. This is what football is all about. Tonight we have a great matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. This one's for NFC West supremacy. The winner will be in the driver's seat for the division title. The loser will likely have to settle for a wild card berth and away games throughout the playoffs. Unfortunately for the division leading Cardinals they come into the game severely handicapped at the game's most important position. The Cardinals find themselves without their first and second string quarterbacks, both lost to injury, although it is possible second string QB Drew Stanton could suit up as the backup. That means Ryan Lindley will be taking his spot under center for the Cardinals in what looks like an epic mismatch against the Seahawks' elite defense. Making matters worse for the Cardinals, star running back Andre Ellington is also lost for the year to injury. Going into the game with a third string quarterback and missing the best running back on the roster sounds like a recipe for disaster against the great Seahawks defense. For their part the Seahawks appear to be rounding into shape just in time for their playoff run. The defense is getting healthy after multiple early season injuries, and quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch lead an efficient and effective, if not especially prolific offensive attack. This game could have been a classic, a great struggle between NFL titans, if both squads had come in at full strength. As it is, with the Cardinals' plethora of devastating injuries, it will be a triumph of epic proportions if they are somehow able to pull out a win tonight and take the NFC West division. Enjoy the game everybody. Enjoy the great defenses and hard hitting. Hope for better days ahead with games like this with playoff implications for the Jets. Discuss the game here.

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