Game Preview: Cardinals vs. Seahawks

Get the inside track on injuries, matchups and the gameplan as the Cardinals prepare for a divisional showdown Sunday in Seattle.

GAME PLAN: The Cardinals' defense needs to play much better than it has in its last two road games. The Seahawks aren't great offensively, and Arizona needs to keep pressure off QB Max Hall. That means not getting into a shootout with the Seahawks. The key will be stopping the Seahawks' ground game, which includes RB Marshawn Lynch. Offensively, the Cardinals need to stick with the run but not be afraid to take shots downfield to Larry Fitzgerald. In his last six games against the Seahawks, Fitzgerald has 48 receptions for 620 yards and five touchdowns.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

Look for the Cardinals to have a conservative game plan against the Seahawks on Sunday. Rookie Max Hall will be starting on the road in a difficult venue, and the Cardinals need to avoid early mistakes. Expect them to concentrate on the run and safety passes. Hall has shown a tendency to make poor decisions early in games, and the Cardinals can't afford to fall behind.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson vs. Seahawks TE John Carlson. Wilson has struggled against good tight ends before, but Carlson caught just three passes in two games against Arizona last year.

Cardinals RT Brandon Keith vs. Seahawks DLE Chris Clemons. Keith has had trouble getting off the ball in noisy venues, and Qwest Field is as loud as any stadium in the NFL. Keith must do a better job in protecting QB Max Hall on the road.

Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett vs. Saints RT Sean Locklear. Dockett has caused the Seahawks problems before. He had 10 tackles and a sack in two meetings last season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 31st -- That's where the Cardinals offense ranks in yardage per game, 240.

INJURY IMPACT

WR Steve Breaston (knee) is expected to play after missing two games following knee surgery.

--WR Early Doucet is expected to play after missing four games following surgery to repair a sports hernia.

--DE Kenny Iwebema, a backup and special teams player, practiced Wednesday and is expected to play after missing the Saints game due to a knee injury.

--S Matt Ware (ankle) is expected to play after missing the Saints game.

--ILB Gerald Hayes (back) is expected to play after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.


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