Arizona Cardinals to battle the Seattle Seahawks while battling urge to give up
After falling to the New Orleans Saints 48-41 last week, the Arizona Cardinals will officially have a losing record. Their first major task now is to play against a strong team on the road, while not having a reason to fight.
Arizona will face-off against the Seattle Seahawks on Christmas Eve. During his Monday morning press-conference. Head coach Bruce Arians addressed the issue his team faces after they lost their last shot at making the post season.
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The Seahawks have just claimed the division title and are a half-game ahead of the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons for the No. 2 seed in the NFL as well as a first-round bye for the NFC West title. Arians is aware of the fight that awaits them on game day.
"“It’s the Seahawks,” Arians said at his Monday news conference, “so we should be ready to play.”"
Under the Coach Arians era, the Cardinals have beaten the Seahawks two out of the last three games. Last season, Cardinals beat the Seahawks in Seattle last season 39-32, as they fought their way to an NFC West title.
Arians does not underestimate the Seahawks power and skill and says when you play them, “you better have your big-boy pants on.” The Cardinals met Seattle earlier this season, where they ended up in a tie 6-6 after both team missed potential winning field goals in overtime.
Throughout the season, Cardinals have lost many star players to injuries. Tyrann Mathieu was able to play despite an injury but was not able to give his 100% against the New Orleans Saints.
Arians was critical of the Cardinals secondary, saying it was “very, very below par for us.” However he did praise first-round draft pick defensive tackle Robert Nkemidche.
Nkemidche delivered a strong performance after, practicing hard over the past several weeks. Coach Arians has been critical of Nkmeidche prior to his recent performance.