It’s time to shine
Matchup: Arizona vs. Seattle
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Time: 1:25 (local)
Weather: High & Low listed at 43 degrees with showers
Team Records: Seattle (7-5) Arizona (4-8)
Standings: Seahawks 2nd NFC West. Cardinals 4th NFC West
We all remember all too well that embarrassing first week loss in Glendale.
The one where the Hawks had more than enough chances to punch it in to win the game, but dropped passes in the end zone foiled our season debut with a win.
These are two completely different teams now.
One hasn’t won in 8 games, in fact, I’m pretty sure the Arizona Diamondbacks have won a game since the Cardinals won their last, and the other, the Seahawks, is on the cusp of a playoff berth.
This is dangerous waters the desert birds are about to go treading in.
Cards QB John Skelton better be hoping for an early Christmas miracle if he thinks his red birds are going to pull off the kind of upset the Hawks pulled in Chicago last week.
Game notes/How they match up
The Hawks offense has been soaring of late, while the Cardinals in general have not.
This game has the means to be an ugly blowout, especially with the banged up offense of the Cards going against the ferocious noise of the 12th man.
If any team was in need of some stability at the RB position, Arizona is that team. With just about every back going down with injury at some point this season, they have to rely on the passing game more often, and their front O line is pathetic.
Seahawks D needs a team like this to go up against to get their momentum and confidence back. It’s crunch time now, and late 4th quarter meltdowns cannot be happening if they want to make the playoffs.
What to watch: Seattle
Defense is key to what I’m going to be keeping my eyes on this week.
Remember that first half against Green Bay? This could be a repeat performance.
Better yet, the stagnant running game of the Cards could up the tackle numbers of Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Bobby Wagner.
And of course, this could be a huge day for Marshawn Lynch, who hasn’t had a 100 yard rushing game in a few weeks, but the Cardinals have been giving up rushing yards like candy on Halloween lately.
What to watch: Arizona
How long does John Skelton stay in the game?
It’s no secret that the Arizona QB situation has been disappointing, to say the least.
It wasn’t even known until yesterday who the Cardinals starting QB was going to be this week, so if the game is getting out of hand early, look for Ryan Lindley to get the call.
Can whoever is behind center get the ball to the dangerous hands of Larry Fitzgerald and Early Doucet?
Without a running game, this is Arizona’s only chance for glory.
Seattle O vs. Arizona D
One thing half season long losing streaks bring is turmoil, and the Cardinals have plenty of that going on in the defensive department.
It was announced on Friday that Darnell Docket was fined a six digit amount for a spat with another teammate recently.
This is just the thing the Seahawks need to get a win streak going to finish off the year.
Of course Russell Wilson will have to keep an eye on Adrian Wilson, one of the best DB’s in the game.
But I think it will be a huge game for Wilson, and his receivers this week. Here’s hoping that TE Zach Miller can get his name of the score sheet in this one as well.
Arizona O vs. Seattle D
The only upside for this game from Arizona’s standpoint is the fact the our defense hasn’t been the great lately.
Giving up the big play seems to happen at least once a game, sometimes more, and all it takes is Skelton getting lucky on a deep route to Fitzgerald once to burn us.
The running game of the Cardinals shouldn’t be much of a threat, neither should the passing game, but when Fitzgerald is covered, they do like to go to Doucet quite a bit.
Not to sound too cocky or overconfident, like I did in the first week, but this game should be all Seahawks, all game long.
The Arizona offense just isn’t that much of a threat, plus, we’re playing at home where we just don’t seem to lose.
Blame me if I just jinxed that.
Doubtful: Ronald Talley. Questionable: Calais Campbell, Kevin Kolb, Andre Roberts, Beanie Wells. Probable: Justin Bethel, Early Doucet, Mike Leach, Paris Lenon, Kerry Rhodes, Greg Toler, Reggie Walker.
The Seahawks are 10 point favorites at home this week, that is the most they have been favored all season long.
I hope they do not disappoint.