The Arizona Cardinals are idle in Week 13. They have their bye week and will reload next week to get ready for their Week 14 home game against the New England Patriots next Monday night.
The are 4-8 and in third place in the NFC West.
However, they might be in last place after today.
The Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams play each other Sunday in Los Angeles.
The Rams are 3-8 and the Seahawks are 6-5.
While a loss by the Seahawks would push them closer to the Cardinals in the division and conference standings, a win by the Rams would put them ahead of the Cardinals.
If the Rams win, they improve to 4-8 on the season, tying the Cardinals’ record. But because the Cardinals are 1-4 in the division and a Rams win would make them 2-3 in NFC West games, the Rams would hold the tiebreaker and push Arizona into the cellar of the division.
Which is better for the Cardinals and their almost nonexistent playoff hopes?
They need to start passing other teams, so a Seattle loss is more helpful over the course of the rest of the season than a Rams loss.
The ideal scenario is to have Seattle lose but then the Rams to lose more games in the weeks to come.