Arizona Cardinals At Seattle Seahawks: Who Has The Edge?

After the not-so-stellar win over the Houston Texans this past Sunday, the Cardinals hope to quiet the critics against the Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals have already thrown the monkey off their back by winning impressively in an early game on the east coast against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, a place they have continually struggled at in Qwest Field, is where they make their next trip. The Seahawks are coming off a dominating win also against the Jaguars, and hope to make a push back in the NFC West against the Cardinals. Before the game takes place this Sunday, let's find out who has the edge.

Offense

Pos.

Edge

Analysis

QB

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Matt Hasselbeck's inability
to stay healthy this season
hurts him here. Kurt Warner
surprisingly has the edge
because of that.

RB

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The Seahawks running game
hasn't been great. The
Cardinals running game
has been non-existent.

WR

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Even with the addition of T.J.,
The Cardinals still have the
edge at wide receiver for
obvious reasons.

TE

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John Carlson has been
great for the Seahawks
offense. The Cardinals on
the other hand, have yet to
find a true starter at tight end.
Ben Patrick comes back this
week.

OL

Split

This is a spit, widely 
because neither offensive
line holds any significant
edge over the other. The Cards
line is inconsistent, while the
Seahawks can't stay healthy.

Defense/other

Pos.

Edge

Analysis

DL

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Here's a surprising stat -
the Cardinals have the
#1 rushing defense, allowing
71 yards per game. No other
team has the edge over them
at this point.

LB

Seahawk_medium
Featuring Lofa Tatupu, LeRoy
Hill, and Aaron Curry, this unit
widely has the edge over a
Cardinals linebacking corpse
that couldn't stop the short
pass last week if their life
depended on it.

CB

Seahawk_medium

Even though the game - 
winning pick six came from a
defensive back last week,
this unit by the Cardinals has
been terrible to say the least.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks are
9th in the league with 208
passing yards allowed.

S

Seahawk_medium

This falls along the line of the 
terrible pass defense of the
Cardinals. The Seahawks have
been able to make play solid
coverage, and limit passing
yards. If this came down to
personnel, the Cardinals would
have the edge. Unfortunately,
it comes down to how they've
played in 2009.

ST

Split

Going by the numbers, the 
punt/kick returns on offense
and defense are head to head.
You could factor in Calais
Campbell's ability to block the
field goal, but the Cardinals
Coverage on Jacoby Jones
last week was atrocious.
Coach

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When you take the door mat 
of the league and get them into
the Super Bowl in your second
year, you'll have the edge over
unproven coach, Jim Mora jr.
Edge

Seahawk_medium
6 - 7

When it comes down to it, you 
could even factor in the Seahawks
home-field advantage. This game will
be tough for the Cardinals to win,
something they'll need to stay in the
division race.

 

As surprising as it sounds, I'm not trying to keep this segment close every week. I'm sure when the Cardinals take on the Rams, they'll have a much bigger edge then now. Last week the Cardinals split the edge with the Texans, and slightly won. This week, the Seahawks have the edge, slightly, and may take the win as well. As much as a Cardinal win would help this team, it's not going to be easy. Is there anything above that you don't agree with? Who do you give the edge to?

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