Jan. 1, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver (11) Larry Fitzgerald against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

How the Arizona Cardinals Can Beat the Seattle Seahawks in Week One

Face it, the Arizona Cardinals offense is probably not going to be lighting up the scoreboard on Sunday in their opening game against the Seahawks.  Seattle has a pretty solid defense, and the Cardinals offensive line is shaky right now, offering little protection to their quarterback and providing few big holes for their running backs.

However, don’t count out the Cardinals. The way the Cardinals can win is with their defense.  They will be facing a rookie quarterback, Russell Wilson, who will be playing in his first NFL regular season game — and if the defensive line and the linebackers come out and really play like they are capable of playing, I can envision several sacks, a couple of forced fumbles, and an interception or two from a nervous rookie quarterback.  Hopefully, that will lead to a few easy scores, allowing John Skelton and the Cardinals offense to play from a position of strength, rather than having to come from behind and play catch-up football.  I’d love to be able to see the Cardinals call lots of running plays on Sunday.

Then again, if the Cardinals commit turnovers, this easily could be a blowout win by the Seahawks.

I do like the fact that the Cardinals are playing their opening game at home, and think that the team has a decent chance to put up a W in their first game.  There are no more games that don’t count.  Every game is important now, especially one against a division rival. We’ll soon see what the Cardinals team is really like.

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