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David Dorey
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Prediction: SEA 14, ARI 24

Update: Anquan Boldin has not practiced this week but has not been ruled out yet. He is a game time decision but even if he is active does not mean he will have a productive game. The Cardinals are taking this game serious as a way to turn the tide on recent losses and Seattle is a sweet matchup for the passing game but Boldin is too risky to consider for a fantasy start. He has not played or practiced for two weeks. I am lowering his projections and realize he still may not play.

Here is another game that doesn't matter other than being Mike Holmgren's final game with the Seahawks and the Cardinals needing to get a win since four of their last five games were losses and the one win was just beating the visiting Rams. The Cardinals have long ago won their division but a little momentum going into the first playoff game would be preferable.

The Cardinals won 26-20 in Seattle back in week 11.

Seattle Seahawks (3- 11)
Homefield: Qwest Field
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @BUF 10-34 +1 39
2 SF 30-33 -8 38.5
3 STL 37-13 -10 44
4 BYE - - -
5 @NYG 6-44 +7 43.5
6 GB 17-27 -2.5 46.5
7 @TB 10-20 +11 39
8 @SF 34-13 +4.5 42.5
9 PHI 7-26 +6.5 43
10 @MIA 19-21 +9 43
11 ARZ 20-26 +3.5 47.5
12 WAS 17-20 +3.5 41.5
13 @DAL 9-34 +12.5 46.5
14 NE 21-24 +5 43
15 @STL 23-20 -3 44
16 NYJ 3-13 +4 43
17 @ARZ - +6 45.5
SEA @ ARI Rush Catch Pass
QB Seneca Wallace     280,2
RB Maurice Morris 50 30  
TE John Carlson   50  
WR Bobby Engram   70,1  
WR Koren Robinson   40  
WR Deion Branch   80,1  
PK Olindo Mare   2 XP  
Pregame Notes: One win in San Francisco and sweeping the Rams - that's the extent of wins for the Seahawks this year. Almost nothing has worked and anything that did has been injured. The year started out with a constant search for wide receivers and is ending with Matt Hasselbeck missing his eighth game of the season. The upgrades at running back never materialized and the passing game has been in shambles. The defense fell apart and overall, what a sad note for Mike Holmgren's tenure there.

Quarterback: Matt Hasselbeck has been ruled out this week and Seneca Wallace gets another start. He's been a mild surprise but then again the Seahawks have only won three games and trash time never hurts your stats. His yardage doesn't rise above 220 yards often but he usually manages at least one score.

Hasselbeck passed for 170 yards and one touchdown against the Cardinals in week 11.

Running Backs: Yeah, the Seahawks should have been a little more surprised how easily they acquired Julius Jones last spring but at least they signed him to a contract constructed so that they could release him with little repercussions. Jones has not even played in two of the last three games. And no, he is not being saved as a secret weapon.

Maurice Morris has been the better runner but only in home games. Morris has remained below 60 rushing yards in all but one road game.

The Seahawks rushed for only 26 yards against the Cardinals this year. Morris had three receptions for 27 yards and one touchdown catch.

Wide Receivers: All told this unit has only scored seven times this year and most of those are from players on injured reserve or have been released from the team. Even with the ample trash time, there has been only once that a receiver had more than 100 yards in a game. This is also likely Bobby Engram's final game as a Seahawk.

Deion Branch led all Seattle receivers when he caught four passes for 54 yards against the Cards this year.

Tight Ends: John Carlson has been the lone new bright spot on this team with five touchdowns and consistently factoring into the passing scheme. Only once has he scored in a road game though but he has been averaging around 70 yards per game in the last three road trips.

Carlson only had three receptions for 39 yards versus the Cardinals this season.

Match Against the Defense: The stunted rushing attack has little chance of a big game here where only two runners have rushed in a touchdown and only Gore and Peterson has managed to have good games. Forget Morris.

Seneca Wallace should have a decent game here if not a season best against the #32 defense against quarterbacks and wide receivers. Expect two scores at least and healthy yardage. That should favor the wideouts but could end up with any of them.

Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 28 20 30 15 23 20
Preventing Fantasy Points    ARI 32 24 32 13 16 20

Arizona Cardinals (8-7)
Homefield: University of Phoenix Stadium
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @SF 23-13 -2.5 41.5
2 MIA 31-10 -7 38.5
3 @WAS 17-24 +3 42
4 @NYJ 35-56 +3 45
5 BUF 41-17 -1 45
6 DAL 30-26 +5 50
7 BYE - - -
8 @CAR 23-27 +4.5 43.5
9 @STL 34-13 -3 49
10 SF 29-24 -9.5 47.5
11 @SEA 26-20 -3.5 47.5
12 NYG 29-37 +3 49
13 @PHI 20-48 +3 47
14 STL 34-10 -13.5 49
15 MIN 14-35 -3 48.5
16 @NE 7-47 +7.5 45.5
17 SEA - -6 45.5
ARI vs SEA Rush Catch Pass
QB Kurt Warner     300,2
RB Tim Hightower 40,1 10  
WR Anquan Boldin   40  
WR Larry Fitzgerald   120,1  
WR Steve Breaston   90,1  
PK Neil Rackers 1 FG 3 XP  

Pregame Notes: This has been a very successful season but losing four of the last five mean the Cardinals time in the playoffs is probably just the one week and that they may not even have a winning record unless they can take this game. That should be plenty of reason to focus on this game and get a win. When they beat the Seahawks they will have swept the NFC West division - and gone 3-7 in all other games.

Quarterback: Kurt Warner was having an incredible year and as of week ten he has passed for 19 touchdowns. But since then, he has seven scores over the next six games. He passed for five straight 300 yard games but then hasn't has any since week 12. A nice game here - against a familiar foe - would provide a much needed tune up.

Warner passed for 395 yards and one score in Seattle this year.

Running Backs: The surprise in the drop of Warner's numbers was that it did not happen because of an increase in rushing. Edgerrin James has been effectively gone since week six but Tim Hightower rarely has more than 12 carries in any game. The Cardinals refuse to run when they can pass and lately they have not passed that well. But Hightower remains a threat to score in every game and has ten rushing touchdowns.

J.J. Arrington had a rare good game when he scored on both a rush and a pass in Seattle and turned in 61 total yards. Hightower only gained 35 yards on 11 carries.

Wide Receivers: After getting beat up and losing games, the Cardinals are opting to treat this week as a playoff game "within reason". That means they intend on playing Anquan Boldin who was held out last week with a shoulder injury. It is still a little scary to depend on either Larry Fitzgerald or Boldin but more so Boldin with his shoulder still sore. The Cardinals looked so bad in the last two games that they need a big win and that will only happen through Fitzgerald and Boldin. More will be known by the end of the week based on practices but Boldin is the big watch here. Play Fitzgerald with confidence.

Boldin gained 186 yards on 13 catches and Fitzgerald turned ten receptions into 151 yards in Seattle this season.

Tight Ends: No fantasy value

Match Against the Defense: This should be a big game for Warner and Fitzgerald and even Boldin if he proves healthy enough to play effectively. I am assuming that Boldin can play with some measure of healthy and adjust on Friday night if needed.

Gaining Fantasy Points ARI 3 24 1 32 20 12
Preventing Fantasy Points    SEA 30 20 31 19 32 14

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