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Return of Alex Okafor gives Arizona Cardinals interesting pass rush rotation against team who struggles with sacks

Will it mean improved sack totals?

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The Arizona Cardinals aren't getting a bunch of pressure and aren't getting many sacks from their edge players. However, with the expected return of Alex Okafor this weekend against the Seattle Seahawks, things could change. Arizona will now have a rotation of players who can get pressure.

The Seattle Seahawks are the NFL's worst team at protecting their quarterback. They have allowed a league-worst 31 sacks in eight games -- that is nearly four a game. However, the Cardinals are not great at sacking the quarterback, having only collected 13 on the season -- only 27th overall.

But with the return of Okafor, the Cardinals now have an outside linebacker rotation of Okafor, LaMarr Woodley, Markus Golden and Dwight Freeney.

Freeney and Golden have been the guys getting pressure in Okafor's absence. Okafor, according to Bruce Arians, will get about 30-35 snaps. Freeney has been getting 15-25. Golden will probably be getting about that many snaps as well now.

Will the Cardinals finally be able to get some consistent pressure -- and more importantly finish more plays -- with this rotation?

Considering Seattle's issues in pass protection and Russell Wilson's penchant for extending plays too long sometimes, it is a good week to find out.