Arizona Cardinals Turn Attention to Seahawks

Ken Whisenhunt didn't mince words about Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots in week 16. He basically described the game as an old fashioned butt kicking. But the Cardinals still have time to redeem themselves from their current losing streak by taking care of the Seattle Seahawks at home on Sunday.

The Cardinals couldn't have suffered a worse loss last week to the Patriots. Sure, they avoided the shutout, but it was embarrassing.

"Well obviously a disappointing effort on our part, we've obviously played much better than we did today and we've got a lot of things to work on," Ken Whisenhunt said. "That being said, we'll get back to work next week."

Next week is here, and the Cardinals return to work mid-week to get ready to face a motivated Seattle Seahawks team.

"We're going to go back to work Wednesday with the idea of winning our last game and then getting ready for a playoff game," Whisenhunt said. "From that standpoint, I don't think it's difficult to turn it around. I think we've got to play better. Like I said, you want to be playing better football than we're playing right now. Fortunately we have a game left to go and our goal is going to be to play better next week. If we can do that, then that will give us some confidence, I believe."

With a post-season appearance out of their grasp, the Seahawks are playing for their coach. Seattle was expected to run away with the West once again this year, in order to continue its winning streak and send Coach Mike Holmgren out on a high note. But as the story goes that didn't quite happen. The Seahawks have one last shot at capping Holmgren's coaching career with a divisional win on the road.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will likely be unable to contribute to Holmgren's final outing. Hasselbeck will probably sit due to complications from a bulging back disc.

Coach Holmgren doesn't think it's realistic that Hasselbeck will play, but he holds the "let's see" attitude.

Seneca Wallace will start in Hasselbeck's place for the eighth time this season.

Regardless of whether it's Wallace or Hasselbeck the Cardinals face, they will have to play better. Arizona fans are accustomed to winning at the University of Phoenix. The Cardinals have only dropped two there all season.

With a backdrop of red, the Cardinals will be playing for pride on Sunday.

"I think it's an important game for us and I think that it needs to be a focus this next week," Whisenhunt said. "There's no "the game doesn't mean anything" or "get ready for the playoffs." I don't think we can afford to go into the game with that attitude whatsoever."

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