The Seahawks (6-3) will host the Cardinals this week on Thursday Night Football. It's the second primetime meeting for the two teams. Arizona beat Seattle 37-34 in overtime on Sunday Night Football in Week 7. To learn more about this week's opponent, Seahawks.com reached out to AZCardinals.com writer Kyle Odegard with five questions about the Cardinals:
1. Last week's 32-30 victory over the Bills came down to a last-second Hail Mary grab. The Cardinals have played in several close games this year, including their overtime win against the Seahawks. In slim-margin games where they've come out victorious, what has made the difference?
Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has been pretty good at making second-half adjustments this season. He was able to slow down the Seahawks after intermission and did a nice job against the Bills on Sunday. The ability to get some fourth-quarter stops helped the Cardinals pull those games out.
2. How healthy does the team feel heading into Thursday Night Football? Does their mentality change in a short week?
Outside linebacker Haason Reddick called football a "gladiator sport" on Tuesday, basically saying that the players are going to be banged up but must fight through the injuries and be ready to play in Seattle. There is so much on the line in this game that I'm sure players on both teams will do everything in their power to play. The Cardinals could be thin at defensive line in this matchup, while the status of Tyler Lockett for the Seahawks will also be watched closely, I'm sure.
3. Running back Kenyan Drake rushed for over a 100 yards Sunday after returning from a high-ankle sprain. How does his return impact the distribution of carries in the backfield?
It really helps balance things out. Drake and Chase Edmonds nearly split the playing time 50-50 against Buffalo, with Drake doing the more traditional running and Edmonds being used as a change-of-pace option and in the receiving game. Drake should get the bulk of the carries against Seattle, but Edmonds will be prominently involved.
4. How is Arizona's pass-rush looking at this point in the season? Has former first-round pick Haason Reddick continued to progress as expected?
Reddick's best game of the season was probably against the Seahawks, and while he doesn't have the size of a prototypical pass-rusher, he's valuable against mobile quarterbacks like Russell Wilson because of his speed. The Cardinals acquired Markus Golden to take the place of the injured Chandler Jones, and he has been the team's most consistent pass-rusher in two games since arriving. However, the four-man rush didn't get to Josh Allen very often last week, so the Cardinals may have to scheme up blitzes against Wilson.
5. What matchups are you most interested to see this week?
Whether or not Lockett plays, I think a lot of people will be watching DK Metcalf against Patrick Peterson. Even though Metcalf is one of the NFL's burgeoning stars, Peterson has done a great job on him in their first two meetings. I'm sure Metcalf will want to put up bigger numbers in this one, and I think that matchup will be critical. Also, the Seahawks' running game against the Cardinals' short-handed defensive front. Russ has been cooking this year, but Seattle may go old school and try to pound the rock if it is getting big chunks of yardage from Chris Carson and Co.
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