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Cardinals vs. Seahawks preview: Stats, history, connections and possible milestones

Another look at the matchup.

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You know you need another game preview. With the Arizona Cardinals playing the Seattle Seahawks on the road on national television, let's take a look at some numbers, the history and some Cardinals milestones we might see.


Arizona is the second-highest scoring team in the NFL and more than 32 a game. Seattle is 24th in scoring at under 21. The Cardinals have scored the most touchdowns with 32, while Seattle is 27th with only 16 scored. Arizona has allowed only 11 sacks this season. Seattle has allowed the most with 31. In terms of yards, Arizona is third in the NFL with more than 417 yards gained per game. They are ninth in rushing yards per game with almost 125 per game and fourth in passing yards, averaging over 292. Seattle is third in rushing, averaging nearly 140 yards per game, but 28th in passing, throwing for under 214. Seattle's offense is 19th in yards gained, averaging 353.1 per game.

Defensively, Arizona is third in the league in yards allowed. Seattle is second. Arizona is fourth in rushing yards allowed and seventh against the pass. Seattle is second in yards allowed, ninth in rush defense and second in pass defense. Arizona is fifth in touchdowns allowed with 16. Seattle is second with 14. Arizona is seventh in points allowed, giving up just over 19 a game. Seattle is second in scoring defense, giving up less than 18 a game.

Arizona is +3 in turnover margin and Seattle is -1.


The overall regular season series is tied 16-16. Arizona is 7-10 on the road, though, Seattle has dominated the series recently, winning four of six games since Russell Wilson was drafted. The Cardinals only beat Wilson in his NFL debut and then in Seattle in 2013, which was the first home loss for Seattle in two years. Since realignment, when the Seahawks were moved to the NFC and the Cardinals from the NFC East to the NFC West, Seattle leads the series 15-11. Before 2002, they had only ever played one another six times.

The Cardinals won the first ever game against the Seahawks in Seattle in 1976, beating them 30-24, but the Seahawks won the most recent matchup -- last year in Arizona 35-6, when Ryan Lindley started at quarterback for the Cardinals.


There are no Seahawks who are former Cardinals. Arizona has two former Seahawks. Defensive tackle Cory Redding played for Seattle in 2009, appearing in 15 games, collecting 20 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. Tight end Darren Fells was with the Seahawks during the 2013 offseason and preseason.

Possible milestones:

If Carson Palmer throws for at least 170 yards, he will pass Boomer Esiason for 19th place on the NFL's all-time list for passing yards in a career.

This has been here every week for a while, but with one sack, Calais Campbell would pass Eric Swann and moved into fifth place on the franchise list for sacks as a Cardinal. He has a good chance of it based on recent history. In seven career games in Seattle, he has 10 career sacks and five in the last two contests at CenturyLink Field.

If Larry Fitzgerald has at least 79 receiving yards, he will pass his season total from 2014 (784). If he catches a touchdown pass, it will be the eighth of the season for him and would tie his career high for the first nine games of a season. He also had eight in 2009 when Kurt Warner was throwing him the ball.

If Michael Floyd catches a touchdown pass, he will have done so in four straight games. That hasn't happened for a Cardinals players since Fitz did it in 2013.

If Chris Johnson rushes for at least 100 yards, it will be his third straight game doing so. It would tie the franchise record for consecutive 100-yard games. Only three players have done in in team history and he would be the first to do it since running backs coach Stump Mitchell did it in 1987. He would be only the fourth back in team history to have 100-yard games five times in a season and the first time since Ottis Anderson did it in 1983.