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A look at the 3-3 Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks’ Week 7 opponent:
When: Thursday, 5:25 p.m. PT, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Record: 3-3 after Sunday’s 32-20 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco
Where they rank: No. 26 on offense (24th rushing, 18th passing); No. 15 on defense (5th rushing, 19th passing)
TV: NFL Network and Joe TV (KZJO), with Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan
Series: Cardinals lead 15-13, including an 8-4 edge in Arizona. But the Seahawks won the last meeting, 58-0 in Week 14 at CenturyLink Field last season
Unsung hero: Andre Ellington. The rookie running back, and a sixth-round draft choice no less, doesn’t get a lot of touches. But he definitely makes the most of his opportunities. The 5-foot-9, 199-pound Ellington is averaging 7.0 yards on 25 carries and also has 18 receptions. And he has scored two touchdowns, second on the team only to Fitzgerald. In an offense that features Fitzgerald, and QB Carson Palmer, and running back Rashard Mendenhall, and wide receiver Michael Floyd, the Seahawks can’t forget about Ellington.
Burning question: Will turnovers tell the tale of this Thursday nighter? The Seahawks have forced 17, one behind the league-leading Kansas City Chiefs. The Cardinals have turned it over 15 times, including four in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. But the Seahawks also have lost six fumbles, with only the unbeaten Denver Broncos (eight) and winless New York Giants (seven) having more.
Numbers to know: 7, times the Cardinals have beaten the Seahawks in their last nine games in the desert. … 1, kicks missed by Jay Feely, who is nine of 10 on field goals and 10 of 10 on PATs. … 3, interceptions by cornerback Patrick Peterson, tying him with Thomas and Sherman among others for second-most in the league. … 69.3, Palmer’s passer rating, which is 31st in the league. … 9, receptions on third downs for Ellington.
Familiar faces: Starting right guard Paul Fanaika (2010-11) and backup center Mike Gibson (2009-11) also played for the Seahawks. Backup nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu played at the University of Washington. Running backs coach Stump Mitchell held the same position with the Seahawks (1999-2007). Scouting assistant Josh Scobey played for the Seahawks (2005-06). Area scout Chris Culmer also worked in the scouting department for the Seahawks.
The last word: “Luckily, we’re the home team. That’s a big difference.” – Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on the Sunday-Thursday turnaround for this game