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Cardinals vs. Seahawks: Can the Arizona running game break out?

Running the ball has been a struggle, but Seattle has been vulnerable.

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The Seattle Seahawks have had a disappointing first 10 games. 6-4 is in no way a bad year, but coming off a championship, things were expected to be better.

With the Arizona Cardinals heading into Seattle hoping to win their second straight game in CenturyLink Field, the running game comes into play in a large way.

Seattle has the league's third best defense overall, when using yardage as the gauge. They are seventh in the league in rushing yards allowed, giving up about 90 yards per game.

However, in their recent loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle gave up nearly 200 yards on the ground. So it is possible to run the ball on them.

For the Arizona Cardinals, the issue is this -- they don't run the ball all that well. They are 30th in the league, averaging nearly 80 yards per contest. Their average is 3.1 yards per carry. That is nearly half a yard less than the 3.5 their third-ranked rushing defense allows.

So why is the running game so big on Sunday?

Remember the big win the Cardinals had last season over the Seahawks in Seattle? Arizona ran the ball A TON.

Between Andre Ellington, Rashard Mendenhall and Stepfan Taylor, they carried the ball 38 times for 142 yards.

As mentioned, Seattle is coming off a loss in which the Chiefs physically dominated them in the running game.

Will this be the weekend the Cardinals running game breaks out of its slump?

What do you think?