Cardinals vs Seahawks game preview: Arizona tries to win third straight over Seattle

Christian Petersen

A look at the stats of the teams, their history playing one another and the connections between the teams.

The Arizona Cardinals will play the Seattle Seahawks in Washington -- in one of the toughest venues to play on the road. Arizona will try to put the skids on their eight game losing streak, which has them currently at 4-8, when they started the season winning their first four games.

Let's look at a few things statistically between the Cards and the 'Hawks.

Stats:

Both Seattle and Arizona have dominant defenses -- Seattle with the fourth overall ranked unit in the league while Arizona sits at number seven. The Cardinals are superior against the pass (number three), compared to Seattle's fifth rated passing defense. But Seattle is 12th against the run while Arizona is 24th. However, Seattle is more prone to the big play and will be without cornerback Brandon Browner, who begins his suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing drugs policy.

Arizona is superior in creating turnovers. They forced six against the Falcons and four against the Jets a week ago. They have a +7 ratio on the year while the Seahawks are a +1.

Offensively is where the Cardinals fall apart. They are better on offense than only one team in the entire league.

Seattle's rookie starter Russell Wilson has posted QB ratings over 100 the past four weeks and has a knack for big throws in big moments.

History:

The Cardinals beat the Seahawks 20-16 in Week 1. After taking a 13-3 lead, Seattle rallied to take a 16-13 lead and then Kevin Kolb, coming into the game for a injured John Skelton, led the team to the winning touchdown, a pass to receiver Andre Roberts. They also beat Seattle in Week 17 of 2011. Previous to that, the Seahawks won three straight over the Cardinals and, before that, the Cards won four straight games between the two teams. Overall, the Cards hold a 15-12 advantage historically, but a 6-8 record in Seattle.

Connections:

The only player from either team that played for the other is Seattle defensive lineman Alan Branch. He was drafted by the Cardinals and left two seasons ago in free agency.

Cardinals offensive lineman Pat McQuistan and Seattle Paul McQuistan are twin brothers.

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