Seattle vs Arizona Week 3 Analysis
The Seahawks are hoping to continue their home opener success after winning them 7 of the last 8 seasons. The Cardinals have the overall series advantage, with a 13-11 record against the Seahawks, but Seattle is 10-8 since joining the NFC West. Seattle swept the Cardinals last year, even pulling out a win at University of Phoenix Stadium for the first time since its opening.
The Seahawks offense is looking to bounce back after a poor performance in Pittsburgh last week and hopes to get things moving against Arizona.
If there was ever a time or place to step up, it is now, as the Cardinals have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.
Seattle’s offense has been anemic, to say the least, and hope to take advantage of that poor Cardinals defense. With Sidney Rice most likely playing his first regular season game for the Seahawks, look for Tarvaris Jackson to air the ball out a lot more this weekend than we’ve seen this season.
Having the twin towers, Mike Williams and Rice, playing together should allow Seattle to finally make some big plays downfield.
The Seahawks offensive line looked much better last week and if they give Jackson as much time as they did last week, he should be able to step up and make plays. Missing this year in the offense has been one of Seattle’s new additions, Zach Miller, who has hardly contributed to the pass game.
Seattle traditionally uses their tight ends a lot and we have not seen much of that this season. Capitalizing on the weak Cardinals defense is key, and those 3 big targets should come in handy.
The Seattle defense has played well, but pass coverage has still been an issue. The Seahawks replaced LB Aaron Curry with rookie KJ Wright this week in hopes to help with with that issue.
If the defensive line can keep the pressure up, they can stop Arizona QB Kevin Kolb and his number one receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, from making the big, explosive plays they’ve been turning out this season.
Running back Beanie Wells is back this week for the Cardinals as well, so the defensive line will have their work cut out for them.
Speaking of Kolb, he spent time in the media this week trying to downplay the noise and home field advantage that the Seahawks have at Century Link. Come 1:15pm, the Seattle fans will have CLink Field loud as ever, and proving to Kolb that he’s no match for the loud and proud 12th man.
Seattle starting LG Robert Gallery is going to miss at least a month with a groin injury suffered last week in Pittsburgh, so Paul McQuistan will be standing in for him. Cornerback Byron Maxwell will also be out this week with an ankle injury.
One more Seahawk note: DE Raheem Brock was fined $15,000 for his hit on Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger. Brock is appealing the fine as he was blocked into Roethlisberger by a member of the Steeler offensive line.
If all goes well, the Seahawks will get the offense going and come out of this week victorious, hoping to bring that momentum into next week’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons.