Seahawks at Cardinals Preview:
#TGIBF fellow 12s. The Seahawks kickoff divisional play this weekend when they at Arizona in Glendale. The Seahawks are 5-0-1 at Arizona since 2013. They did end one of those games in a 6-6 tie in 2016. I know this because I saw it in person. There was not one single happy person leaving the then-named University of Phoenix stadium—regardless of fan base.
While that still lingers in my mind and I will always remember that game, let us look ahead at what is to come this Sunday.
For Seattle, they are coming off a sloppy home loss against New Orleans. With Chris Carson having ball security and footing issues, Coach Pete Carroll has made it clear that he is the feature back for the Seahawks. “You’re going to see nothing but support for our guy,” Carroll said. “There has been players over the years, but they put it behind them.”
Seattle also signed a familiar and much loved tight end Luke Willson. This came after the Seahawks traded Nick Vannett to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 5th round pick. Will Dissly seems to be the primary tight end and a favorite target of Russell Wilson, so expect continued productivity between the two.
Key Injuries: Duane Brown (biceps), Rashaad Penny (hamstring), Quinton Jefferson (hip), and Neiko Thorpe (hamstring), did not participate in practice on Thursday, however, all but Thorpe were full participants today. I would not expect either of these players to be active by Sunday, with an emphasis on those with hamstring injuries. Poona Ford, Tre Flowers, Ethan Pocic and Ziggy Ansah were limited participants Thursday. Pocic is doubtful to play.
Ziggy Ansah is on track to make his season debut on Sunday. This finally solidifies Seattle’s defensive front. This is a definite game to watch.
As for Arizona, the Cards are trying to find their defensive identity, giving up 27, 23, and 38 points, respectively, in their last three games. They have lost to the Ravens and Panthers and tied in week 1 against the Lions. On the offensive side of the ball, they tend to push the ball downfield and have scored at least 20 points in their last three contests. They are on the hunt for their first win of the season. With a shaky Seattle secondary, expect Kyler Murray to exploit the corners. However, Kyler will have to trust his offensive line who will be facing one of the strongest defensive fronts in the league.