|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-0||1-2||29.3||10.3||359.7||(5.6)||1.3||22.7||10.0||341.3||(5.4)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||24.4||11.5||21.0||30:27||25-94||(3.7)||23-36||64.4%||245||(6.9)||61-339||(5.5)||(13.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.5||11.4||19.7||30:13||27-112||(4.1)||21-34||62.6%||230||(6.7)||61-342||(5.6)||(15.2)|
|Offense Road Games||21.3||8.9||20.1||29:16||24-84||(3.6)||23-38||61.4%||268||(7)||62-352||(5.7)||(16.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.8||11.6||20.0||29:53||23-83||(3.6)||24-40||59.4%||239||(5.9)||64-322||(5.1)||(15.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.9||11.9||19.6||30:04||27-114||(4.2)||21-34||60.6%||229||(6.7)||61-343||(5.6)||(15)|
|Defense Road Games||24.6||13.9||22.3||31:24||27-86||(3.2)||26-41||62.1%||267||(6.4)||68-353||(5.2)||(14.4)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||0.6||1.8||0.2||13-5||36.4%||0-0||40.0%||2-32||(20.3)||2-14||(6.4)||6-48|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.6||2.1||13-5||38.1%||1-0||48.4%||2-51||(23.3)||17-2||(8.1)||6-55|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.3||0.7||2.0||-0.1||13-5||36.7%||0-0||33.3%||2-45||(22.3)||2-9||(4.9)||6-54|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.4||0.6||2.0|| ||14-5||37.4%||1-0||40.0%||3-78||(23.7)||2-16||(7.6)||7-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||14-5||38.5%||1-0||43.4%||2-54||(23.5)||19-2||(8.6)||7-57|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.3||0.6||1.9|| ||14-5||36.0%||1-1||83.3%||4-82||(22.9)||3-23||(8.9)||5-43|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||3-0||0-3||24.7||18.0||340.0||(5.7)||0.7||8.7||7.7||229.0||(4.1)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||27.1||13.8||19.8||30:53||32-141||(4.4)||17-26||65.1%||213||(8.1)||59-354||(6)||(13.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.9||11.7||19.7||30:09||27-111||(4.1)||22-35||62.3%||229||(6.6)||62-340||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Offense Home Games||32.7||15.7||22.7||32:03||36-149||(4.1)||18-26||68.6%||240||(9.2)||62-390||(6.3)||(11.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.6||9.1||18.1||30:27||26-105||(4.1)||20-33||58.6%||174||(5.2)||59-279||(4.7)||(19)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.3||11.6||19.2||30:12||27-108||(4.1)||21-34||60.8%||222||(6.5)||61-330||(5.4)||(14.8)|
|Defense Home Games||14.0||8.5||16.2||29:05||25-100||(3.9)||18-32||55.7%||162||(5.1)||57-261||(4.6)||(18.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.6||1.2||1.1||13-5||39.3%||1-0||50.0%||2-41||(20.5)||3-38||(11.6)||8-73|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.6||2.1||13-5||38.6%||1-0||45.8%||2-53||(23.2)||21-2||(9.2)||6-56|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.7||0.7||1.3||1.2||13-5||43.4%||1-0||60.0%||3-60||(22.5)||3-34||(10.8)||7-67|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.6||0.8||2.4|| ||13-5||36.6%||1-0||36.4%||3-68||(24.5)||1-2||(1.8)||6-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.6||1.7|| ||13-5||37.8%||1-0||47.1%||2-57||(23.3)||17-2||(8.3)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.7||0.8||2.5|| ||14-5||36.6%||1-0||28.6%||3-73||(24.5)||1-0||(0.6)||7-63|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ARIZONA 21, SEATTLE 20.1|
|12/22/2013||@ SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/28/2013||@ ST LOUIS||14-9||W||-13||L||43||U||15-44||10-18-91||0||37-200||15-31-139||2|
|12/8/2013||@ SAN FRANCISCO||17-19||L||2.5||W||41.5||U||23-86||15-25-178||1||33-163||15-29-155||1|
|12/15/2013||@ NY GIANTS||23-0||W||-8.5||W||43.5||U||34-134||20-29-193||1||14-25||22-35-156||5|
|12/22/2013||ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|ARIZONA: The Cardinals again reached into the Bill Cowher coaching tree to get their head coach, and Bruce Arians brought offensive line guru Harold Goodwin from Indianapolis with him to be the offensive coordinator. Expect them to build this offense around a power running game with a lot of between-the-tackles running. Arians had Rashard Mendenhall in Pittsburgh and plans on giving him a monster workload. Mendenhall should be better in his second full season back from a torn ACL. Ryan Williams is shaping up as a change-of-pace back and will have to beat out Mendenhall for third down duties.
Arians' passing game takes a lot of deep shots. While Carson Palmer's arm strength disappeared years ago, he's still willing to loft passes deep and let his receivers try to make plays. That's good news for Larry Fitzgerald, and Arians will use a lot of movement and bunch formations to get him open. The Cards will use a lot of three-receiver sets with Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd running some deep crosses, and Andre Roberts in the slot. TE Rob Housler should be frequently targeted over the middle. Arians has never used his backs as receivers much, but always had a habit of getting cute in the red zone, using a lot of play-action. Fitzgerald is obviously their best red zone threat.
The Cardinals allowed 137 rushing YPG last year (5th-most in NFL), but they seriously bolstered their defense in the offseason with new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and four quality free agents in LB Karlos Dansby, SS Yeremiah Bell and DEs Matt Shaughnessy and Frostee Rucker. Rookies FS Tyrann Mathieu and ILB Keith Minter could be special players, but two Arizona players that already are special are DE Calais Campbell and CB Patrick Peterson, who had seven of the Cardinals' 22 interceptions last year (2nd in NFL).|
|SEATTLE: The Seahawks were the most run-heavy team in the NFL last year, and they'll be up there again this season. They have big, physical linemen who operate a zone-blocking scheme with a lot of inside zone runs by Marshawn Lynch. Lynch remains the feature back, running behind fullback Michael Robinson. Rookie Christine Michael could push Robert Turbin for the No. 2 job. They don't have many designed running plays for Russell Wilson, but he does have the neon green light to scramble.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's West Coast passing game took off in the second half of last season, and they'll get even more creative with Percy Harvin, the league's most dangerous catch-and-run threat. Harvin will line up everywhere, including the backfield, and see a lot of screens and be targeted frequently on rollouts. Wilson's pocket moves around, and they'll use play-action to open things up deep for Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. Zach Miller is a popular play-action target but will see fewer targets with Harvin coming in. They rarely use their backs as receivers. Seattle gets more aggressive with the passing game inside the 20, with Rice being the primary target and both tight ends (Miller and Anthony McCoy) involved. Otherwise, it's a whole lot of Lynch.
The Seahawks led the NFL in scoring defense in 2012 (15.3 PPG allowed), and generated 15 forced turnovers and five touchdowns in their final six games. Their subpar pass rush should improve greatly under new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who has several DE/OLB types to run his more aggressive scheme, including former Lions DE Cliff Avril (29 sacks since 2010). New CB Antoine Winfield (72 solo tackles) joins a stacked secondary that already includes CB Richard Sherman (8 INT) and FS Earl Thomas (3 INT). |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (ARIZONA-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with status of Palmer, Fitzgerald)
*Cardinals-Seahawks Preview* ============================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
The Seattle Seahawks reached the Super Bowl the last time they earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
They can secure home field again with a win Sunday over the visiting Arizona Cardinals - who would be all but eliminated from postseason contention with a loss.
With just Sunday's game against Arizona and next week's contest versus St. Louis remaining, Seattle (12-2) could be playing at CenturyLink Field until the Super Bowl, should they get that far. The Seahawks, who have won 14 regular-season home games in a row since losing Dec. 24, 2011, to San Francisco, lost Super Bowl XL to Pittsburgh after finishing with the NFC's best record in 2005.
"Here we come this week and there's nothing new, which is a good thing. We're going to make the most of what we got," said coach Pete Carroll, who can clinch his second division title with Seattle and the third of his career. "I would've wanted it as soon as we could've won it and dealt with that challenge, but right now I think we understand clearly what we're trying to get done here."
Seattle was dominant at MetLife Stadium - the site of this year's Super Bowl - in a 23-0 victory over the Giants last week. The Seahawks gave up a season-low 181 yards and the league's top pass defense (174.2 ypg) intercepted Eli Manning five times, including two each by corners Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell.
Sherman, whose six interceptions are tied for the NFL lead, has four picks and two fumble recoveries over his last four games versus Arizona.
"All the guys contributed, the linebacker and everyone contributed," Carroll said. "The fact that we stayed on top of the deep ball really well again and when they threw it, we were there to challenge the ball as well as played tight coverage underneath. So there was some really cool stuff."
The Seahawks sacked Carson Palmer seven times and intercepted him twice in a 34-22 Week 7 win in Arizona. The Cardinals (9-5) have won six of seven since, with Palmer's 106.0 passer rating among the NFL's best during that stretch.
"We're starting to get a lot of confidence as a team," Palmer said.
Prior to this year, he lost his only other previous start in Seattle, throwing for 342 yards with two interceptions in a 24-21 loss for Cincinnati on Sept. 23, 2007.
"Obviously, they're confident for a reason," Palmer said. "They've won a lot of football games, they've won at home, but we've been playing well the past couple of months. It's a big game for them, a big game for us."
Arizona, which has already clinched its first winning season since 2009, wouldn't even ensure itself of a playoff spot with a win Sunday followed by a home victory over the 49ers next week. The 11 wins would tie a franchise record. The 2008 New England Patriots are the only club during the 12-team format to miss the playoffs despite winning 11 games.
"The last time we were there, obviously everyone knows what happened," coach Bruce Arians said of Arizona's 58-0 loss at Seattle last season. That was one of 11 losses in 12 games to close the year, leading to Ken Whisenhunt's firing.
"That wasn't we, that was another team. So this is our barometer to see where we're at," Arians said.
Palmer is expected to play despite nursing a high ankle sprain, but his primary target's status seems more uncertain.
Larry Fitzgerald's streak of 104 consecutive games played could be in jeopardy after he suffered a concussion late in the Cardinals' 37-34 overtime win at Tennessee last week. Fitzgerald said he practiced fully on Thursday but has one more concussion test to pass with an independent neurologist before he is cleared to play.
Seattle has limited Fitzgerald to 82 yards on seven catches and no scores in the last three matchups.
Keeping Russell Wilson in check will likely be a point of emphasis given the season-high 394 yards passing the Cardinals surrendered last week to the Titans. Wilson has yet to lose at home in his career, recording a 119.2 passer rating with 29 TDs compared to six interceptions.
Marshawn Lynch ran 21 times for 91 yards and a touchdown in the teams' meeting. Arizona has limited opponents to an average of 69.4 rushing yards per game and two scores in seven games since.
It's not clear if Percy Harvin (hip) will play. He has only appeared in Seattle's Week 11 victory over Minnesota.
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was suspended indefinitely Wednesday by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy. Browner hasn't played since Week 10 and won't be able to file for reinstatement for a year. His contract expires at the end of the season.
Seattle, which has won five of the last seven meetings, can tie the all-time series at 15 wins each with a victory.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 11:27:52 AM EST|