Get ready for Sunday's matchup between the Cardinals and Seahawks for the NFC West division lead.
Game Preview: Cardinals-Seahawks
Time & Place
Sunday, October 24, 2010
1:05 am PT
Regular Season Series: By winning six of the last seven meeting, the Cardinals hold a 13-9 edge in the regular season series. Seattle's last win over the Cardinals came on December 9, 2007, with Matthew Hasselbeck completing 22-of-33 pass attempts for 272 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 42-21 win that clinched the 2007 NFC West title.
Arizona: QB Derek Anderson, G Alan Faneca, G Rex Hadnot, CB Trumaine McBride, CB Brandon McDonald, LB Joey Porter, S Kerry Rhodes
Seattle: Head coach Pete Carroll, OT Stacy Andrews, TE Chris Baker, DL Kentwan Balmer, DE Chris Clemons, RB Marshawn Lynch , G Chester Pitts, FB Michael Robinson, , WR Brandon Stokley, RB Leon Washington, WR Mike Williams,
2010 NFL Draft Class
1.26 – DT, Dan Williams, Tennessee
2.47 – LB, Daryl Washington, TCU
3.88 – WR, Andre Roberts, The Citadel
4.130 – LB, O'Brien Schofield, Wisconsin
5.155 – QB, John Skelton, Fordham
6.201 – CB, Jorrick Calvin, Troy
7.233 – TE, Jim Dray, Stanford
1.6 – OT, Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1.14 – S, Earl Thomas, Texas
2.60 – WR, Golden Tate, Notre Dame
4.111 – CB, Walter Thurmond, Oregon
4.127 – DE, E.J. Wilson, North Carolina
5.133 – S, Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech
6.185 – TE, Anthony McCoy, USC
7.236 – DE/LB, Dexter Davis, Arizona State
7.245 – TE, Jameson Konz, Kent State
Stats & Rankings (2010)
Total: 31st (240.0 yards)
Passing: 30th (152.6 yards)
Rushing: 29th (87.4 yards)
Scoring: 25th (17.6 points)
Total: 28th (382.0 yards)
Passing: 26th (241.2 yards)
Rushing: 29th (140.0 yards)
Scoring: 29th (27.6 points)
Turnover Ratio: t-23rd (-3)
Total: 27th (292.4 yards)
Passing: 21st (206.6 yards)
Rushing: 30th (85.8 yards)
Scoring: 19th (19.6 points)
Total: 24th (361.2 yards)
Passing: 30th (290.8 yards)
Rushing: 2nd (70.4 yards)
Scoring: 12th (19.4 points)
Turnover Ratio: t-16th (-1)
Questionable: WR Steve Breaston (knee), LB Will Davis (groin), WR Early Doucet (groin), DE Kenny Iwebema (knee), LB Reginald Walker (hamstring)
Probable: S Matt Ware (ankle), WR Stephen Williams (back)
Questionable: DE/LB Dexter Davis (hamstring), CB Kelly Jennings (hamstring), DT Brandon Mebane (calf)
Vegas Says: Seahawks -6 (o/u 40)
Seahawks' Keys to Victory
Take Away the Run – Cardinals undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall will be making his second NFL start and his first on the road. Qwest Field is always loud, and the forecasts call for a lot of rain and wind, which means the Cardinals will attempt to put the ball in the hands of Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower. If Seattle's 2nd-ranked run defense holds up, Ken Whisenhunt will have no choice but to air it out with Hall.
Go For the Ball – The Cardinals have done more dribbling than Steve Nash this season, putting 15 balls on the turf. They've only lost seven, and even scored a touchdown off one, but the Seahawks—who have recovered three of six forced fumbles this season—should take advantage of the expected wet conditions and knock the ball out of what are already slippery hands.
Pound the Rock – It's not a coincidence that by running the ball 31 times against the Chicago Bears last weeks, the Seahawks had a season-high 34:23 in time of possession. It was just the sixth time in the last 21 games where Seattle won the time of possession battle, and lo and behold, the Seahawks are 5-1 in those games. Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, and Leon Washington will be going against one of the weakest run defenses in the league, which should help control the clock and help a defense that will likely be without Brandon Mebane on Sunday.
The Cardinals are a missed field goal and a lucky bounce or two away from being 1-5. They're starting an undrafted rookie at quarterback on the road in one of the most inhospitable stadiums in the NFL, and weather will be a factor. As long as the Seahawks' run defense holds up, Seattle should have no trouble getting to 4-2 and putting some distance between themselves and the rest of the division before embarking on one of the toughest parts of their 2010 schedule.
The Pick: Seahawks 27, Cardinals 13
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