Three Keys to a Hawk victory

If the Seahawks are to win their first two games of the season, they will have to beat an Arizona Cardinal team that is smarting from a 42 to 24 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Sunday's game will be Arizona's home opener. The Seahawks are going into the game with some confidence after a 27 to 10 win over the New Orleans Saints in which the defense forced four turnovers. Seattle must contend with Arizona rookie wide out Anquan Boldin 10-217yards 2 td's.

 

 

1.      Seattle defensive line must neutralize Arizona Offensive line.

Seattle will use a liberal rotation of defensive starters, Chike Okeafor, Antonio Cochran, John Randell and Norman Hand. The four will have to battle the heat and try to find a way to put pressure on the massive Arizona line. "If you're not technically sound and if you get up as a defensive lineman on these guys it can get ugly quick, because they are a big, strong, huge offensive line." Head Coach Mike Holmgren said of the   Arizona offensive line." I think we have good quickness, but we've got to maintain our leverage and we've got to get underneath their pads and do things right, or their mass is going to block things out." Back ups Cedric Woodard, Anton Palepoi, Rocky Bernard and Brandon Mitchell are the backups. If Seattle is unable to apply pressure running back Emmitt Smith and Boldin could have another big day.

 

      2.Offense must continue to improve.

     In the opener against the Saints, the Seattle offense was decent but not spectacular. Shaun Alexander rushed for 10 8 yards and score two touchdowns. Arizona limited Detroit to just 66 yards rushing. If the running game sputters Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck  (12-of -23 fo137 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions) might have to pick up the slack.   Receivers Koren Robinson and Darrell Jackson must find the end zone. Like Seattle, Arizona's secondary has been hit by injuries (Duane Starks knee is out for the season) and is counting on youngsters Renaldo Hill and David Barrett to step up The tight ends unit caught just one pass last game.

 

  1. Seattle must get off to early start.

 While the Seahawks look like they have all the momentum an opening day win and a small crowd expected, Arizona is a decent team that can score.

In the loss to Detroit quarterback Jeff Blake, was 28-of-46 for 363 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. If given time Blake can exploit the Seahawks young secondary

 

 

   Game Notes:

2003 RANKINGS: Seahawks: offense 24th (5th rush, 29th pass); defense 27th (19th rush, 26th pass). Cardinals: offense 1st (18th rush, 1st pass); defense 8th (8th rush, 14th pass

  Injury reports

Seattle: Isaiah Kacyvenski is questionable( 50% chance of playing)

Arizona:

Marcus Bell DT             Knee  Questionable

Leonard Davis G            Knee  Questionable

Bryan Gilmore  WR       Knee   Questionable

Larry Foster    WR         Ankle   Doubtful ( 25% chance of playing)

Kevin Kasper   WR        Back    Doubtful

 

 

 

 


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