Not much good has happened for the 3-5 Seattle Seahawks since the Arizona Cardinals smoked them on October 18 at Qwest Field by a 27-3 count. (Arizona outgained Seattle in total yardage, 344 to 128.) The next week, they were manhandled by the Dallas Cowboys. The following game, they beat the lowly Detroit Lions, though they needed a second-half rally to do so.
Who's been playing well for the Seahawks? Definitely QB Matt Hasselbeck, who passed for 329 yards against Detroit. (It marked the first time since 2007 that he eclipsed the 300-yard mark.)
And that's about it.
The biggest concern for the 5-3 Cardinals when they host the 'hawks on Sunday is that they are playing at home, where they are only 1-3 this season (compared to 4-0 away from Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium).
In order to build on its two-game lead in the NFC West, Arizona will need to limit the turnovers. Last time out at home, they committed five huge miscues in a 34-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers. During Sunday's 41-21 win against Chicago, they only turned it over once.
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To further illustrate the point, check out this stat: On the road, QB Kurt Warner has tossed 10 touchdowns and two picks; at home, he's thrown for six TDs and nine interceptions.
Positive consistency, fellas. That's what will win you this one.
As far as injury news, Anquan Boldin is expected to be at full strength, physically and mentally. The wide receiver, who was all butt-hurt over his inactive designation against the Bears, has been hobbled by a high right-ankle sprain.
The Cardinals and Seahawks square off at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. TV: FOX. Radio: KTAR-FM 92.3. More info: www.azcardinals.com.