A look at the Seahawks’ opponent in Week 10
When: Sunday, 1:15 p.m., University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Record: 5-3 after beating the Bears 41-21 in Chicago on Sunday; hold a two-game lead over the Seahawks and 49ers in the NFC West
Where they rank: No. 14 on offense (31st rushing, 8th passing); No. 21 on defense (3rd rushing, 29th passing)
Series: Cardinals lead 12-9, and the momentum has swung in this home-and-home series. The Cardinals have won five of the past six – including a 27-3 victory at Qwest Field in Week 6 – after the Seahawks had won seven of eight from 2002-06.
Star power: Kurt Warner. He’s 38 and in his 12th season, but he’s still got game. Sunday, Warner shredded the Bears for five touchdown passes – one week after serving up five interceptions against the Panthers. As a result, he is tied for second in the league in TD passes (16) and third in interceptions (11). Warner also is second in the league in attempts (315) and third in completions (207). He has, however, had his problems in the fourth quarter: 46 percent completions, with one TD and three interceptions for a 44.7 passer rating.
Unsung hero: Calais Campbell. The second-year defensive end stepped into the starting lineup earlier this season – all 6 feet 8 of him. Campbell had 1½ sacks in Week 6 against the Seahawks and seven tackles against the Panthers two weeks ago. But he’s also a force on special teams, with two of the Cardinals’ three blocked field goals.
On the spot: Adrian Wilson. Say what? The Cardinals’ strong safety is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and long-time nemesis of Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck. But Wilson was beaten for two TD passes against the Bears and also was part of the blown zone coverage that led to a third. That was against Chicago tight end Greg Olsen. This week, he gets the Seahawks’ John Carlson.
Burning question: What’s up with Anquan Boldin? The Cardinals’ perpetually unhappy wide receiver was really miffed Sunday, when he was inactive because of the high ankle sprain he had played on the previous three weeks. Boldin complained that no one in the organization was “man enough” to inform him that he would be inactive. Coach Ken Whisenhunt downplayed the situation, but it’s just the latest chapter for Boldin, who has been after a contract extension. As good as he is – which is very good – the Cardinals are 5-1 the past two seasons in games when Boldin has not played.
Familiar faces: OLB Chike Okeafor (2003-04) and WR Jerheme Urban (2003-05) played for the Seahawks, while defensive backs coach Teryl Austin (2003-06) coached for the Seahawks. Assistant defensive backs coach Rick Courtright (1991-92) also coached at the University of Washington. Scout Chris Culmer worked for the Seahawks (2000-08), went to Washington State and is from Richland.
The last word: “Seattle has been struggling and that is the most dangerous team. Ain’t going to be no overlooking Seattle. They know they’ve got their hands full on Sunday. We have to establish our home field.” – Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett