Cards Go Back to Work

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselback points to the Chicago Bears defense as he approaches the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field in Chicago on October 17, 2010. The Seahawks won 23-20. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

For the Arizona Cardinals, the bye week has come to an end. Today it was back to work to get ready for the Seattle Seahawks, who celebrated this weekend with a 23-20 victory over the Bears in Chicago.

The Cards hopefully have studied film and then studied more film.  These Seahawks have gotten better.  I was impressed with the road victory.  I really thought they wouldn’t win on the road at all this season.  Now, they go home and it will be loud.  Very loud.

Max Hall will most likely be relying on the hands of Larry Fitzgerald again this week.  He will need Larry to be extra special this week.  I would not be surprised though to see more of a running game this week.  If the Cards can control the ball and the clock with a decent running game and don’t make many mistakes, the Cards should be in it until the end.  The defense will need to be opportunistic.  It was that opportunistic defense that helped the Cards win in Seattle each of the past couple of seasons, even with Kurt Warner behind center.

The difference may just be the special teams.  Seattle’s has been great.  They had two kickoff returns by Leon Washington against the San Diego Chargers in week three.  Yesterday in Chicago, they held on to a very important onside kick at the end of the game.  The Cards LaRod Stephens-Howling returned a kickoff against the Oakland Raiders in week three.  Against the New Orleans Saints last week, Stephens-Howling returned a kick 59 yards.  The Cards have also blocked a field goal this season.

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  • Hawkster55

    So, more of a running game, huh?

    Sweet! I hope you’re right — Seattle has the #2 rushing defense in the league. Max Hall won’t be able to hear himself think and the running game isn’t going to get it done.

    Seattle wins this one.

    • Scott Allen

      Unfortunately yes, it’s going to take a balanced attack, probably more on the run side of things, regardless of Seattle’s rush defense ranking. Hall is still learning. He needs to see more of a rushing attack right now to be successful. If Hall throws the ball 40-45 times, I guarantee you Cards aren’t winning either.