When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m., Qwest Field
Records: Seahawks 2-3, Cardinals 2-2
TV: KCPQ/13 (Chris Myers, Brian Billick)
Radio: 710 ESPN and KIRO-FM/97.3 (Steve Raible, Warren Moon, Jen Mueller)
Matchup micro scope
Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck vs. Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson. Hasselbeck has won seven of his 11 starts against the Cardinals, and threw for four touchdowns last week in his first action since having a rib cracked in the Week 2 loss to the 49ers. Wilson is one of two active safeties in the league with at least 18 career interceptions and sacks. Hasselbeck has been to three Pro Bowls, Wilson two. Each has played in a Super Bowl. And so it goes with these two. When they’re on their games, they are among the best in the game at their positions. That’s why the one who can get the upper hand in this game will help his team close ground on the 49ers in the division.
One to watch
CB Ken Lucas. This is why the Seahawks re-signed the veteran corner in free agency – to give them another big body to help cover Cardinals WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, who combined to catch 23 passes for 337 yards in last year’s game at Qwest Field. But Lucas did not practice this week because he was in Mississippi after his father died last Friday. And, Pro Bowl CB Marcus Trufant remains on the physically unable to perform list because of a bulging disc in his back. So when wondering how Lucas will respond to the challenge, it goes well beyond his ability to cover Fitzgerald and Boldin.
Fun to watch
LB Aaron Curry. The Seahawks’ first-round draft choice is turning Qwest Field into his personal playground. The intensity, energy and even nastiness that he brought to the first three home games will be needed – and then some – as the Seahawks try to pull even, and lift themselves back into the NFC West picture, entering their bye week. The defense must find a way to pressure Cardinals QB Kurt Warner, and Curry is capable of providing that pressure point.
The Cardinals lead the league in run defense, but are last in pass defense. The dichotomy carries over to the offense, where they are No. 3 in pass offense but No. 31 in run offense. … Despite missing 2½ games, Hasselbeck has thrown more touchdown passes (seven) than Warner (six). … The injury-ravaged Seahawks will use their fourth offensive line combination in six games, with Kyle Williams starting at left tackle and Steve Vallos possibly getting the start at left guard. … Cardinals RB Tim Hightower is one of three players in the league who leads his team in rushing (126 yards) and receiving (25 catches). … The Seahawks’ Jon Ryan (50.8) and the Cardinals’ Ben Graham (50.5) rank 2-3 in the league in punting average. … MLBs Karlos Dansby (28) and Gerald Hayes (27) lead the Cardinals in tackles, while Curry and FS Jordan Babineaux (31) lead the Seahawks.