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Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2008 11:12 pm | Updated: 9:26 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 The Cardinals have been fragile when they get off to poor starts. They have to grin and bear such situations and fight through them. 

 CARDINALS KEYS TO VICTORY

1. One or two mistakes isn’t the end of the world: The Cardinals have been fragile when they get off to poor starts. They have to grin and bear such situations and fight through them.  

Cards look to prove themselves to fans, rest of NFL

2. Get more out of the running game: No, forget it. After weeks of these pleas, it’s clear that the Cardinals are weak here and strong in the passing game. They should go with their strengths and polish them.

3. Keep protecting Kurt Warner: This has been a strong point for them. They need to keep it up for one more week, so Warner is ready to go in the playoffs. It wouldn’t hurt to pull him, either, in the second half.

THE INTRIGUE

The Cardinals have received a nationwide bashing from pundits over their collapse since effectively wrapping up their division with a win in Seattle last month. Their last two games, blowouts by Minnesota and New England, have been like trips down Bad Memory Lane. Whether they are in an inescapable free-fall or whether they lost their edge simply because their games didn’t mean much is the question everyone wants answered. This game should provide clues.

INJURY REPORT

Seattle

Out: DE Brandon Miller (wrist); Doubtful: LB Leroy Kill (neck); LB D.D. Lewis (shin);

Questionable: K Brandon Coutu (groin); QB Matt Hasselbeck (back); WR Koren Robinson (knee); Probable: CB Jordan Babineaux (concussion)

Arizona

Doubtful: DE Travis LaBoy (ankle); S Matt Ware (calf);

Questionable: WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder); TE Stephen Spach (ankle); S Adrian Wilson (toe); RB J.J. Arrington (ribs); FS Aaron Francisco (ribs); DE Kenny Iwebema (concussion); DT Gabe Watson (team decision); Probable: CB Ralph Brown (ribs); CB Rod Hood (knee); G Deuce Lutui (knee); WR Sean Morey (shoulder)

CARDINALS OUTLOOK

When the Cardinals have the ball: They have — or had until recently — the NFL’s best short passing game. If receiver Anquan Boldin misses — or doesn’t play much — because of a shoulder problem, then Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban need to come through. It would help if they could get something from their tight ends, but maybe this is a project for the offseason.

Passing    Att.     Comp.    Yds.    TDs    Int.    Rtg.

Warner    568    382     4,320    26    13    95.6

Rushing        No.    Yds.    Avg.     Long    TD

James        119    414    3.5    16    3

Hightower        140    396    2.6    30    10     

Arrington        30    178    5.9    30    1

Receiving        No.    Yds.    Avg.     Long    TD

Fitzgerald        91    1,301    14.3    78    10

Boldin        89    1,038    11.7    79    11

Breaston        72    915    12.7    58    2

Hightower        34    237    7.0    26    0

Urban        30    405    13.5    56    3

• The offense ranks 5th (32nd run, 2nd pass).

• The defense ranks 19th (17th run, 20th pass).

Offense

WR 11 Larry Fitzgerald

LT 69 Mike Gandy

LG 74 Reggie Wells

 C 63 Lyle Sendlein

RG 76 Deuce Lutui

RT 75 Levi Brown

TE 83 Steven Spach

WR 15 Steve Breaston

QB 13 Kurt Warner

RB 34 Tim Hightower

FB 45 Terrelle Smith

Defense

LDE 94 Antonio Smith

NT  97 Bryan Robinson

DT  90 Darnell Dockett

RDE 92 Bertrand Berry

SLB 56 Chike Okeafor

MLB 54 Gerald Hayes

WLB 58 Karlos Dansby

LCB 26 Rod Hood

RCB 29 D. Rodgers-Cromartie

SS  24 Adrian Wilson

FS  21 Antrel Rolle

SEAHAWKS OUTLOOK

When the Seahawks have the ball: Seneca Wallace is playing the most and the best of his career at quarterback. Rookie tight end John Carlson has become a favorite target. But the wide receivers, an area that has suffered injuries, have been spotty. And their running attack really hasn’t been the same since the decline and eventual departure of Shaun Alexander.

Passing    Att.     Comp.     Yds.    TDs    Int.    Rtg.

Hasselbeck    209    109    1,216    5    10    57.8

Wallace    199    117    1,282    9    1    90.9

Rushing        No.    Yds.    Avg.     Long    TD

Jones        156    692    4.4    33    2

Morris        117    529    4.5    45    0

Duckett        56    159    2.8    29    7

Weaver        28    121    4.3    15    0

Receiving        No.    Yds.    Avg.     Long    TD

Carlson        53    613    11.6    33    5

Engram        41    439    10.7    37    0

Robinson        28    360    12.9    90    2

• The offense ranks 28th (16th run, 29th pass).

• The defense ranks 30th (20th run, 32nd pass).

Offense

WR 18  Koren Robinson

LT 78  Kyle Williams

LG 77  Floyd Womack

C  69  Steve Vallos

RG 66  Mansfield Wrotto

RT 74  Ray Willis 

TE 89  John Carlson

WR 83  Deion Branch

QB 15  Seneca Wallace 

RB 20  Maurice Morris

FB 43  Leonard Weaver

Defense

LDE 55 Darryl Tapp 

LDT 92 Brandon Mebane  

RDT 99 Rocky Bernard 

RDE 95 Lawrence Jackson

OLB 54 Will Herring

MLB 51 Lofa Tatupu

OLB 98 Julian Peterson 

LCB 23 Marcus Trufant

RCB 26 Josh Wilson 

SS  24 Deon Grant

FS  25 Brian Russell

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