Cardinals: Game Plan & Matchups To Watch

The Arizona Cardinals are set to battle the Seahawks with aspirations of a 2-1 record, but things are never easy on the road in Seattle.

GAME PLAN

The Cardinals will simplify the defensive game plan, not that last week's appeared to be that complex.

But they have had serious breakdowns in both games this season. Coordinator Ray Horton wants his team to play fast, and he probably needs to do something to make his players think less.

Horton likes to bring pressure, but the Cardinals' blitzers aren't getting to the quarterback.

Offensively, the Cardinals have shown some big-play ability but need to reduce the number of silly mistakes they are making. There have been too many false starts and other penalties. Those have stalled drives. Look for the Cardinals to continue to use their tight ends in the passing game and take at least three shots downfield to Larry Fitzgerald in every game.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

--Cardinals defense vs. Seahawks TE Zach Miller - The Cardinals have done a poor job covering tight ends. Washington's Fred Davis hurt them badly last week. Miller is athletic and can be a factor in the passing game.

--Cardinals CBs vs. Seahawks WR Mike Williams. Williams caught 22 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown in two games against Arizona last season. Cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson have blown some coverages and Williams will be a test for them.

--Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald vs. CB Brandon Browner. A product of the CFL, Browner is in his first NFL season. Fitzgerald has caught more passes (88) against Seattle than any other team.


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