Game Preview: Cardinals vs. Seahawks

Arizona will attempt to avenge a 22-10 loss against the Seahawks in Week 7 and get back in the NFC West race.

GAME PLAN: The Seahawks' defensive front has struggled because of injuries, and the Cardinals run game has been dormant lately. The Cardinals would be wise to wake from hibernation and attack the Seahawks. Defensively, the Cardinals will commit whatever resources they need to stopping running back Marshawn Lynch. They think they can force the Seahawks into mistakes if they make them one-dimensional. The Cardinals have had trouble stopping physical running backs this season, however.


With the injury to defensive end Kenny Iwebema (torn ACL), the Cardinals will have to shuffle the rotation on the defensive line. Starting nose tackle Bryan Robinson will become a backup defensive end, and nose tackle Gabe Watson likely will be active for just the third time this season. Safety Rashad Johnson appears to have passed Matt Ware and Hamza Abdullah on the depth chart. Johnson is playing in many nickel and dime situations and seems to be tackling much better than he did last season.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Seahawks WR Mike Williams vs. Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Williams caught 11 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in the team's first game three weeks ago. He made a handful of spectacular catches late in the game against DRC.

Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson vs. Seattle TE John Carlson. Wilson has struggled against tight ends in single coverage this season, and Carlson is a good one. He hasn't been used much (22 receptions, one touchdown), but the Seahawks would be wise to try to get him matched up with Wilson.

Cardinals KR LaRod Stephens-Howling vs. Seattle's coverage team. Stephens-Howling has returned two kicks for touchdowns and had a 71-yard return against Seattle three weeks ago. He is the Cardinals' most consistent offensive threat.

SERIES HISTORY: 24th regular-season meeting. Cardinals lead series, 13-10. The Cardinals lost to the Seahawks 22-10 three weeks ago. That broke a four-game winning streak over Seattle. The Cardinals committed five turnovers in that game, including one interception by quarterback Max Hall, who suffered a concussion. He completed four of 16 passes and was benched the following week.

BY THE NUMBERS: 28 -- Sacks the Cardinals have yielded through eight games, two more than they allowed all of last season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're moving in the right direction, but it's just not good enough at this point. I mean, losing three games in a row is unacceptable. We've got to stop the bleeding." -- WR Larry Fitzgerald.


--RB Beanie Wells has swelling in his right knee, the same one that was operated on in September. Wells carried only once last week after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday. He missed practice again Wednesday, so his chances for Sunday don't look great.

--OLB Clark Haggans could miss his third consecutive game because of a groin injury. Will Davis would start in his place with rookie O'Brien Schofield serving as the backup.

--ILB Paris Lenon suffered a sprained ankle last week and missed Wednesday's practice. Coaches are optimistic Lenon can play. If he can't, then rookie Daryl Washington would start.

--DE Darnell Dockett suffered a stinger last week, causing pain his right shoulder. Dockett is limited in practice but likely will play. He has never missed a game in six-plus seasons.

--OLB Joey Porter has a sore knee but is expected to play Sunday.

--OLB Will Davis has a sore knee but is expected to play Sunday.

--FS Kerry Rhodes has a left hand injury that is limiting him practice. Rhodes has played with the injury for at least two weeks and is expected to start Sunday against Seattle.

--DE Kenny Iwebema suffered a torn ACL against the Vikings and will miss the rest of the season. Iwebema was an effective backup and an excellent special teams player.

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