It's a battle to .500, as the Seattle Seahawks return home to Lumen Field to face the 2-3 Arizona Cardinals. Here are five things to know about Seattle's Week 6 opponent:
Slowing Down Kyler Murray
You may know that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray isn't the biggest signal-caller in the league at 5-foot-10, but he's one of the hardest to bring down. Whether a designed run-pass-option or a breaking down pocket, Murray is dangerous with his legs, rushing for two touchdowns in five games while averaging 4.8 yards per carry. The ever-elusive fourth-year quarterback out of Oklahoma University could be a problem for the Seahawks if they can't contain him in the pocket.
Murray is a true dual-threat quarterback, and is currently completing over 65 percent of his passes, going 141-215 for 6 touchdowns.
What Can Brown Do For You?
Sometimes you just need a change of scenery, and after being traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Arizona Cardinals, wideout Marquise Brown is trending up in his fourth season. With 38 receptions for 417 yards and three touchdowns, the man known as 'Hollywood' has brought some star power to Phoenix.
Seattle will have to keep an eye on Brown, as he's become Arizona's most-reliable target, averaging 11 yards per catch.
J.J. Watt & Zach Allen: Changing of the Guard
Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt is entering year 12, and as always, is passing down his wisdom of the game to others. At 33-years-old, Watt is getting up there in football age, but he's still leading Arizona in sacks (2.5). Watt is imparting his wisdom and experience on fourth-year defensive lineman Zach Allen, who has recorded 2.0 sacks after putting up a career-high of 4.0 in 2021.
"It's one of those relationships where you're happy because you know he just wants to get better." J.J. Watt on helping fellow defensive end Zach Allen.
The former Boston College edge rusher leads Arizona in both quarterback hits (8) and tackles for loss (4).
There's a changing of the guard taking place on the Cardinals defensive line, and the last thing the Seahawks need is for either Watt or Allen to get in a groove.
UW Reunion: Homecoming for Cardinals' Washington Alum
The Arizona Cardinals come to town in hopes of getting back to .500 against the Seahawks, but for many, it also will be a homecoming of sorts. Three Cardinals - Budda Baker, Byron Murphy Jr. and Ezekiel Turner will get to square off against their old University of Washington teammates Sunday. Cardinals wideout Andre Baccellia is currently on the team's practice squad, and is a UW alum as well.
Six years ago, Baker and Turner were roaming Washington's secondary with Seahawks corner Sidney Jones IV. Murphy redshirted that year in 2016, making his breakout campaign the next year.
In 2017, Jones was only thrown at 48 times; and in 2018 Murphy was named the Pac-12 Championship MVP in the Huskies 10-3 win over the Utah Utes.
Dating back to last season, the Cardinals have lost eight consecutive home games, which has understandably been frustrating both to the team and to the fans who want to see their team victorious at home. The flip side of that, however, is that the Cardinals have been nearly unbeatable on the road. Both of Arizona's wins this season have been on the road, and going back to the start of the 2021 season, the Cardinals have won 10 of their last 11 road games.
The Seahawks practiced at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton on October 13, 2022. Seahawks practice photos are presented by Gatorade.