What the Cardinals Need to do to Beat the Seahawks
Ok, that loss against the 49ers is in the past. But there is much to learn from that game. I think Cardinals fans learned that the Carson and wide receiver relationship is capable of flipping. Usually you would see Carson having trouble, but for most of that game the receivers and ball carriers were the ones having trouble so step number one, HOLD ONTO THE BALL!
The Cardinals did a great job stopping the 49ers with the read option as well as stopping Frank Gore. Of course the defense finally caved during that 18 play drive which led to a touchdown. The Cardinals will have to use that same defensive scheme to stop Wilson and Lynch on Thursday.
Third, the defense still needs to find a way to stop tight ends. Every week the defense gets torched by tight ends. Todd Bowles and the Cardinals defense needs to start doubling tight ends or at least sending some help via zone coverage, etc. Vernon Davis would have put up the same numbers that Jimmy Graham did against the Cardinals if it weren’t for Harbough changing offensive schemes at halftime.
Also the cardinals need to continue to rush. Good things happen to this team when Campbell, Williams, Abraham, and Dockett are able to get pressure on the quarterback. Even if they aren’t making contact every time, they make a huge difference when they are able to crowd the pocket.
Lastly, and in my opinion the most important thing for the Cardinals to do is forget last year. This is a new team, new regime, and fans with an ever deeper passion to watch the Seahawks go down on Thursday.
If the Cardinals can steal one here, they may also be able to beat a Falcons team that is lacking receivers and a Texans team that is begging for a quarterback.