Here is our weekly First Look at Seattle’s upcoming opponent:
Seahawks opponent: Arizona
Game time: 5:25 p.m. Pacific Time, University of Phoenix Stadium
TV: NFL Network
Coach: Bruce Arians (9-3 as interim coach of Colts last season, 3-3 in first year with Arizona)
Last game: Lost at San Francisco, 32-20
The series: Arizona leads the all-time series 15-13, and has won six of the last seven at home. Seattle has won four of the last six overall, including a 58-0 victory at CenturyLink Field last Dec. 9.
The early line: Seahawks by 4.5.
Key players: Arizona traded for veteran Carson Palmer (above in an AP photo) in the off-season to solidify their quarterbacking. The results have been mixed so far. Palmer has thrown for 1,483 yards in six games, but also has tossed 11 interceptions, more than anyone in the league other than Eli Manning. Palmer’s favorite target is Arizona mainstay Larry Fitzgerald, who has battled some nagging injuries of late but has 30 catches this year for 405 yards and four touchdowns. Defensive end Darnell Dockett leads what continues to be a solid front line with four sacks, while cornerback Patrick Peterson is one of the better young players at his position and has three interceptions.
Arizona’s key to success: Under first-year coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals are attempting to get a passing game going to augment a defense that remains solid. Arizona is allowing just 90.7 rushing yards per game (fifth in the NFL) and 21.2 points (12th). But the Cardinals have had trouble hanging onto the ball and have a minus-two turnover margin, having lost four in Sunday’s defeat at San Francisco. Arizona has also had trouble getting its own running game going, averaging just 85.7 on the ground, 24th in the league. The Cardinals had more success on the ground Sunday against San Francisco (109 yards on 21 carries) which helped Arizona outgain the 49ers 403-387. Arizona had won its two games prior to the loss at SF, holding Tampa Bay and Carolina to a combined 16 points.
BY THE NUMBERS
1-6 — Seattle’s record in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, where the Cardinals moved in 2006.
15 — The number of turnovers Arizona has lost this season, most in the NFL other than the 23 of the New York Giants.
109 — Arizona’s rushing yards against San Francisco, a season-high.