Following their less than perfect performance last Sunday, the Hawks look to defeat the Cardinals this Thursday in Arizona. With a record of 3-3, the Arizona Cardinals currently reside at the bottom of the NFC West tied with the St. Louis Rams. This week’s division rival matchup should still be a good game despite the fact that Arizona is in last place.
Even with the emergence of young secondary stars CB Patrick Peterson and CB Tyrann Mathieu, the Cards rank 19th in passing yards allowed. Surprisingly their defense ranks 5th in rushing yards allowed. Despite the Cardinals defensive strengths, the Seahawks are likely to find a way to run the football. Starting DE Calais Campbell is out for this week’s game against the Hawks, and LB Karlos Dansby is questionable. The Cards’ key injuries are going to have an impact on how efficient the Hawks are in running their offense. Thankfully, the return of recently injured TE Zach Miller will give additional help to the passing game.
Unfortunately, Hawks’ MLB Bobby Wagner will be out for the second straight week with an ankle injury. The loss of Wagner, accompanied with the probable loss of DE Chris Clemons, could have an effect on how successful the Hawks are on Defense. On the ground the Cards aren’t much of a threat, but if WR Larry Fitzgerald is healthy enough to play Sunday, it could make for an exciting matchup between him and Sherman. The Seahawks are always more than capable of playing good defense, they just need to prove their offensive strength in this week’s game.
The showdown in the desert should turn out to be a good one regardless of injury. The Hawks have the defensive strength to defeat the Cards but they still have yet to prove they can have success pass blocking for QB Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson and the Hawks will likely pull out another victory but they will face a significant challenge in beating both the Cards and Rams in consecutive weeks on the road.