|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3.2||2-1||1-2||14.0||12.0||230.0||(3.8)||2.0||20.3||10.0||336.7||(5.2)||3.7|
|Offense (All Games)||15.5||8.6||16.5||29:55||23-82||(3.6)||21-39||55.3%||198||(5.1)||61-279||(4.5)||(18)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.7||10.9||20.1||31:36||27-114||(4.2)||21-35||60.9%||228||(6.6)||62-343||(5.5)||(15.8)|
|Offense Road Games||13.2||7.0||14.2||28:54||23-91||(3.9)||19-36||51.6%||165||(4.6)||60-256||(4.3)||(19.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||19.5||10.2||17.7||30:57||31-130||(4.2)||17-31||55.4%||195||(6.3)||62-325||(5.3)||(16.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.4||11.3||20||30:26||29-127||(4.5)||21-33||62.5%||220||(6.7)||62-348||(5.6)||(15.5)|
|Defense Road Games||19.5||11.2||18.2||31:05||32-130||(4)||17-31||53.2%||181||(5.8)||63-311||(4.9)||(15.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.6||1.7||0.6||15-4||26.0%||2-1||40.0%||2-44||(24)||3-29||(8.5)||7-57|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.6||13-5||39.4%||1-0||48.9%||3-61||(23.7)||22-2||(10.2)||7-55|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.5||1.0||1.5||1.0||15-4||23.7%||1-0||22.2%||2-48||(24)||3-22||(7.7)||6-48|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.5||0.7||2.2|| ||14-5||34.3%||0-0||50.0%||2-58||(27.6)||3-27||(9.4)||6-51|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.7||1.5|| ||13-5||39.1%||1-0||52.1%||3-62||(24.8)||21-2||(10.2)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||2.2||0.3||2.5|| ||14-5||33.3%||0-0||100.0%||2-53||(26.7)||3-28||(10.5)||5-36|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+0.8||2-1||2-1||24.0||10.3||378.0||(6.1)||1.0||16.0||7.0||326.0||(6.2)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||20.2||10.0||19.0||31:31||33-141||(4.3)||17-27||63.6%||187||(7)||59-329||(5.5)||(16.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.6||10.8||19.6||31:36||27-114||(4.2)||21-35||61.0%||225||(6.4)||62-339||(5.4)||(15.7)|
|Offense Home Games||24.6||12.8||19.8||31:50||37-153||(4.1)||14-23||62.8%||181||(8)||59-334||(5.6)||(13.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||16.8||8.7||18.9||29:06||24-111||(4.5)||20-34||59.4%||203||(6)||58-313||(5.4)||(18.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.6||10.7||20.2||31:30||28-117||(4.2)||21-35||61.7%||229||(6.6)||62-346||(5.6)||(15.3)|
|Defense Home Games||13.8||9.6||18.4||28:10||22-109||(4.9)||22-37||58.7%||193||(5.2)||59-302||(5.1)||(21.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||0.7||1.3||0.1||13-5||36.8%||1-1||62.5%||2-48||(28.9)||2-21||(8.6)||7-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||1.9||14-5||37.7%||1-1||55.4%||3-61||(23.2)||19-2||(9)||6-52|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.0||0.8||0.8||1.0||12-4||32.3%||2-2||72.7%||1-28||(19.7)||2-20||(10.2)||7-56|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.6||1.4|| ||12-5||41.6%||0-0||20.0%||2-48||(21.5)||2-19||(9.3)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||38.7%||1-0||46.2%||3-60||(23.6)||21-2||(9.5)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8|| ||13-5||40.3%||0-0||0.0%||3-67||(23.9)||3-18||(6.4)||7-64|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ARIZONA 21.2, SEATTLE 21|
|11/4/2012||@ GREEN BAY||17-31||L||10.5||L||43||O||18-54||23-46-286||2||39-176||14-30-208||1|
|12/2/2012||@ NY JETS||6-7||L||6.5||W||37||U||21-81||10-31-56||1||43-177||15-28-112||4|
|12/9/2012||@ SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/18/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||6-13||L||7.5||W||37.5||U||29-136||9-23-115||1||32-175||14-23-138||1|
|12/9/2012||ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||*BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|ARIZONA: The Cards have largely given up on establishing the run because of their tendency to fall behind early in games. But their power running game, featuring a man-blocking scheme and between-the-tackles pounding, still remains. Beanie Wells was moderately effective last year, though they'd rather have Ryan Williams taking a large portion of the carries as long as he's recovered from knee surgery. Arizona largely runs out of its two-receiver sets, with an even split between two tight ends and fullback Anthony Sherman. The Cards get conservative in the red zone, where Wells gets a heavy workload and should continue to for as long as he's able to remain healthy. Kevin Kolb will get another shot in the desert. The Cardinals got much more aggressive throwing downfield last season, especially letting Larry Fitzgerald battle for the 50/50 ball. They can do the same thing on the other side once rookie Michael Floyd is ready. They usually throw out of three-receiver sets, and while the No. 2 (Floyd or Andre Roberts) gets more reps, the Cards throw to the slot (Roberts or Early Doucet) underneath just as often. Even after the addition of Todd Heap, the tight ends were used sparingly. When they throw in the red zone, Fitzgerald is almost always the first look, and they'll often force it to him even in double-coverage. The slot receiver over the middle is usually the second option down near the goal line. Partly because its subpar offense kept its defense on the field for the third-most minutes in the NFL, Arizona's yardage allowed was mediocre. Although the points and sacks improved significantly, the defense did not score in 2011. DL Calais Campbell has put together four strong seasons since becoming a starter for the Cardinals. He does a nice job picking up blocking schemes and knows how to use his hands in traffic. Darnell Dockett remains one of the NFL's better defensive linemen despite the fact that his sack numbers continue to decline. Daryl Washington is a bit undersized for an inside linebacker, but he moves like a defensive back. It could be argued that Patrick Peterson's contributions on special teams last season (four return touchdowns) were more than offset by his inability to cover. Opposing quarterbacks will likely continue to attack him until he improves: He was targeted 112 times last season, a total that ranked third in the NFL. |
|SEATTLE: The Seahawks are well-versed in zone blocking after a year under current offensive line coach Tom Cable, one of the best zone-blocking coaches in the game. They play a lot of two-tight end and three-receiver sets and do a lot of inside zone runs with Marshawn Lynch, who will continue to get a mammoth workload. Change-of-pace back Leon Washington will occasionally spell Lynch on passing downs, taking about a third of the reps, and rookie Robert Turbin is expected to be used on only a handful of snaps as long as Lynch is able to remain healthy. Seattle is run-heavy near the goal line: Lynch will again have a huge role in the red zone, as Seattle was one of four teams to run it more than 60 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations. The Seahawks run a West Coast offense similar to the one QB Matt Flynn played in at Green Bay. Seattle uses a lot of three-WR sets, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was able to open things up for slot receiver Doug Baldwin. Split end Sidney Rice is more of a perimeter threat in this offense, and Golden Tate has a chance for an increased number of targets at flanker. Tight end Zach Miller ended up being a bit redundant with Baldwin in the middle of the field, which is why his numbers were down. Miller's contributions are not expected to increase now that he'll be splitting reps with Kellen Winslow. Although their 2011 leading tackler LB David Hawthorne is now in New Orleans, the Seahawks should remain an above-average defense. They finished fourth in the NFL with 22 interceptions (Brandon Browner had six) and made huge improvements in both yards allowed and scoring defense in 2011. One of the reasons was the play of DL Chris Clemons, who after floundering for several different teams has found a home in Seattle with back-to-back 11-sack seasons'there's little reason to believe the explosive DE won't reach double figures again in 2012. Safety Kam Chancellor is an elite in-the-box run-stuffer who even plays some linebacker on passing downs. He's also good enough in coverage that he's not a liability when opponents decide to pass the ball. Chancellor forms one of the NFL's best young safety tandems with Earl Thomas, who draws comparisons to Troy Polamalu due to his athleticism and exceptional instincts. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (ARIZONA-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Adds quote about Browner, updates status of WR Rice)
*Cardinals-Seahawks Preview* ============================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
While a pair of fellow rookie quarterbacks continue to dominate the headlines, Russell Wilson is quietly putting together an impressive campaign of his own.
Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks try to stay unbeaten at home and avenge an earlier loss to the Arizona Cardinals, who hope to avoid dropping nine straight for the first time in 68 seasons Sunday.
Selected in the third round of this year's draft, the 5-foot-11 Wilson had to answer concerns about his lack of height, a big reason five quarterbacks were taken before him. While No. 1 pick Andrew Luck and No. 2 selection Robert Griffin III have both thrived, Wilson has too, leading Seattle (7-5) into the thick of the playoff race.
"I don't think Russell gets enough credit," cornerback Richard Sherman told the team's official website. "I think he should get rookie of the year consideration even over those other guys because he is leading our team in some great games."
Wilson has been superb while the Seahawks have won three of their last four, throwing nine touchdowns and no interceptions. He came up especially big in last Sunday's 23-17 overtime win at Chicago, recording a season high-tying 293 passing yards and two TDs and an additional 71 yards on nine carries.
He orchestrated a 97-yard drive to give Seattle the lead with 24 seconds left in regulation, then found Sidney Rice for the game-winning score in OT to cap an 80-yard march.
"He's just so beautifully poised and so confident that it gives himself a chance to play at this level," coach Pete Carroll said. "It's just surprising that anybody could be like that, not just a rookie or a young guy in his first shot playing in Chicago or whatnot. He just continues to be impressive in all of those ways."
The Seahawks have to like their chances of keeping things going at home, where Wilson has posted an NFL-best 122.0 passer rating in helping them open 5-0. Seattle's defense has also wreaked havoc at CenturyLink Field, yielding 13.8 points per game to rank second in the league.
The Seahawks had taken three straight in this series before losing the last two, including a season-opening 20-16 defeat at Arizona (4-8) on Sept. 9. While the Cardinals went on to win their next three games, they've since managed just 11.9 points per contest in dropping eight in a row.
They haven't lost nine straight within a single season since going 0-10 in 1943 when the team was located in Chicago.
"This whole streak we've been in isn't any fun," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "You work hard as a team, you prepare. I don't see any finger-pointing or fracturing. We've got a good group of players and a good group of young leaders. Make no mistake: they want to win."
Arizona's offense struggled mightily again in last Sunday's 7-6 road loss to the New York Jets. The Cardinals had a franchise worst-tying five first downs - going 0 for 15 on third down - and totaled 22 yards of offense in the second half.
Safety Rashad Johnson had 40 of the team's 81 rushing yards on a fake punt. Rookie Ryan Lindley, making his second consecutive start, completed 10 of 31 passes for 72 yards and an interception, a performance that prompted Whisenhunt to change quarterbacks again.
With Kevin Kolb likely to miss a seventh straight game due to a rib injury, John Skelton will get another shot to start. Skelton, benched in favor of Lindley in Week 11, has an NFL-worst 64.4 passer rating this season.
"You can't take any opportunity for granted," Skelton said. "If it comes at the beginning of the season, the end of the season, when you're losing, when you're winning, you've just got to take advantage of every opportunity you get."
Skelton will face a Seattle team without one of its starting cornerbacks. Sherman is expected to play after appealing his four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, but Pro Bowler Brandon Browner dropped his appeal of a similar ban this week and will miss the rest of the regular season.
Walter Thurmond will slide into his spot.
"I've been disappointed about the whole situation, that it is something that he had to deal with it and we had to deal with it, but there is nothing we can do at this point," Carroll said.
Seattle will also be without starting left guard James Carpenter, who was placed on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list after leaving last Sunday's game with pain in his surgically repaired knee.
Rice, who took a big hit on his game-winning TD grab against the Bears, cleared all concussion tests and is expected to play.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:44:44 PM EST|