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The Huddle
WEEK 10
~ 2009 ~
Season Ticket
Thursday
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday
Monday
Sunday
Bye Week
Sunday Late
NYG, HOU
*updated

Prediction: SEA 10, ARI 27

Late Updates: Both Boldin and Breaston are listed as probable and are expected to play with no limitations.

Early Update: Anquan Boldin has had full practices this week and should be good to go for Sunday. Steve Breaston has been limited in practices as usual but will play as always.

The Cardinals rise to a division leading 5-3 thanks to the nosedive of the 49ers and and 4-0 on the road but only 1-3 at home. The Seahawks are 3-5 but are 0-3 in road games this year. Plus the Cardinals won 27-3 in Seattle back in week six. This game will serve to boost the Cardinals home mark while extending the road losing streak of the Seahawks.

Seattle Seahawks (3-5)
Homefield: Qwest Field
FieldTurf
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 STL 28-0 -7.5 37
2 @SF 10-23 +1.5 39.5
3 CHI 19-25 +2 37
4 @IND 17-34 +10 43.5
5 JAC 41-0 +3 40
6 ARI 3-27 -3 47
7 BYE - - -
8 @DAL 17-38 +10 46
9 DET 32-20 -10 43
10 @ARI - +9 47
11 @MIN - - -
12 @STL - - -
13 SF - - -
14 @HOU - - -
15 TB - - -
16 @GB - - -
17 TEN - - -
SEA at ARI Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Hasselbeck     200,1
RB Julius Jones 30 10  
TE John Carlson   40  
WR T. J. Houshmandzadeh   50  
WR Deion Branch   20  
WR Nate Burleson   50,1  
PK Olindo Mare 1 FG 1 XP  
Pregame Notes: The Seahawks can still beat a bad team when they visit but even then all the parts of the offense do not work. The rushing game is not only ineffective, the Seahawks are starting to accept that and just pass the ball more, There is a chance that the Seahawks won't be favored in more than a couple of games and now set out on a three game road trek . Sadly the best days for the Seahawks may already be behind them this season.

Quarterback: Matt Hasselbeck has been generally good at home this year but their worst effort came when the Cardinals visited in week six and he only passed for 112 yards and no scores. On the road this week against those same Cardinals is not likely to see any turnaround.

The Cardinals have been softer against top rated quarterbacks but have held half of their opponents to one or less touchdowns and again - the best showing of the secondary came in Seattle. Credit Hasselbeck with a touchdown pass and moderate yardage but anything more would be a surprise.

Running Backs: Julius Jones turned in one of his better games last week when he scored a touchdown and had 114 total yards but he only rushed for 36 yards on 16 carries against the visiting Lions. The previous home game saw him net only five yards on five carries against the Cardinals. His six catches for 78 yards against the Lions was more than all previous games combined. The Seahawks are more likely to pass to Justin Forsett than Jones.

Jones is an iffy play even when at home and on the road he has minimal attraction this season. The Cardinals are better than most stopping the run at home and the Seahawks bring a punchless rushing attack anyway. Best to leave Jones on your bench for the next three weeks.

Wide Receivers: Not much production from these wide receivers though notable is Deion Branch taking the slot over from Deon Butler even though he has not had more than 49 yards and usually ends with maybe two catches for 20 yards. T. J. Houshmandzadeh has scored three times so far but all came in home games and Nate Burleson has the same scoring trend.

No wide receiver had more than 40 yards against the Cards in week six. None have scored on the road this season either. Forget the old axiom of start your wideouts against the Cardinals. None of these look attractive. I am crediting Burleson with the touchdown catch but there is no great confidence that he will have it.

Tight Ends: John Carlson has not scored since week one and usually only had around 40 yards per game. He led all receivers when he had 55 yards on two receptions versus the visiting Cardinals.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 14 15 13 21 10 14
Preventing Fantasy Points ARI 22 7 25 27 6 19


Arizona Cardinals (5-3)
Homefield: University of Phoenix Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 SF 16-20 -6 46
2 @JAC 31-17 +3 43
3 IND 10-31 -2.5 48
4 BYE - - -
5 HOU 28-21 -5.5 48
6 @SEA 27-3 +3 47
7 @NYG 24-17 +9 46.5
8 CAR 21-34 10 43.5
9 @CHI 41-21 +3 44.5
10 SEA - -9 47
11 @STL - - -
12 @TEN - - -
13 MIN - - -
14 @SF - - -
15 @DET - - -
16 STL - - -
17 GB - - -
ARI vs SEA Rush Catch Pass
QB Kurt Warner     300,2
RB Chris Wells 50    
RB Tim Hightower 40,1 20  
WR Anquan Boldin   80  
WR Larry Fitzgerald   100,2  
WR Steve Breaston   70  
PK Neil Rackers 2 FG 3 XP  

Pregame Notes: The Cardinals are rather enigmatic so far. Beating the Seahawks and Giants in road games, they lost to the visiting Panthers in week eight. Then turned around and took down the Bears in Chicago. It all smacks of a team that gets lazy when they are at home and more focused in road games. The sweetest stretch of schedule in the entire NFL is now kicking off and should sweep more than a few fantasy owners deep into their playoffs if they hold Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald or Anquan Boldin.

Quarterback: Kurt Warner comes off his first five touchdown game since 1999 and returns home where he's been tossing for big yardage and multiple scores in most matchups. Warner passed for 276 yards and two scores in Seattle and this rematch should be no less productive.

Expect at least high yardage and a couple of scores. The Seahawks are actually tough against the run which makes Warner even more attractive.

Running Backs: Tim Hightower saw an end to his four game scoring streak but he still had a season high 77 rushing yards against the Bears along with a season low one catch for 22 yards. He continues to split carries evenly with Beanie Wells who still has just one rushing touchdown but a solid showing on the few carries he does get. Wells runs about a dozen times each week but still is not the starter and is not supplanting the less effect runner Hightower.

Hightower and Wells split 25 carries for 61 yards in Seattle this year with the one rushing touchdown scored by Hightower. There is no reason to expect much more than what happened four weeks ago since the Seahawks have a decent rushing defense and the Cardinals have already proven they will prefer the pass no matter what the game situation. I'll credit Hightower with one rushing score but Wells is due for some goal line action and be the scorer just as easily.

Wide Receivers: Anquan Boldin was held out last week to his public dismay but there were concerns that the soft turf could aggravate his ankle injury and the Seahawks won the game anyway as they usually do when Boldin does not play (5-1 record oddly enough). Larry Fitzgerald had 13 catches for 100 yards and one touchdown while Steve Breaston scored once on his seven receptions for 77 yards in the previous matchup in Seattle. Boldin had 54 yards on six catches in that game.

No reason not to expect more of the same in this game. Start all three wideouts and each should have no less than a solid game with spectacular always a possibility.

Tight Ends: No fantasy value

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points ARI 11 12 1 31 13 22
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 15 16 26 19 15 15

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