Cardinals Roll Over At Home In Key Game, Fall, 36-18, To Seahawks

That was simply a horrific performance for the Cardinals to lose their fourth game in a row. You would be hard pressed not to call the season over.

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Arizona Cardinals Get Pummeled By Seattle Seahawks, 36-18

Say what you want about blowing a 14-point lead to Brett Favre last week, this loss to the Seattle Seahawks, at home, was far worse. The Arizona Cardinals could have gotten right back in the race to the top of the really bad NFC West with a win and it's not like the Seahawks have been tearing things up this season, either. This was a game the Cardinals both needed for the standings and had to have for their confidence.

"We played awful," Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt said in his post game press conference. 

Unfortunately, the Derek Anderson-led and Ken Whisenhunt-coached Cardinals showed no fight at all. Defensively, the secondary made Seattle's otherwise mediocre offense look like world beaters. Seattle made play after big play down the field in the process of racking up 490 total yards and a season-high 380 passing. I supposed you can be happy that the Cardinals prevented an even worse beating by forcing the Seahawks into four fields goals (and one missed FG) instead of giving up touchdowns in the red zone.

Anderson threw for 322 yards on 23-for-45 passing. He gave up one interception, turned the ball over on a fumble and was sacked five times to go along with one touchdown pass. The Cardinals running game, again without an injured Beanie Wells, only ran for 41 yards on just 14 rushing attempts. Only two third down conversions capped off the horrible offensive performance.

The Cardinals (3-6) now fall to a tie for last place in the division with San Francisco, who beat the St. Louis Rams. With the win, Seattle is now 5-4 and holds first place in the NFC West. The Cardinals travel to Kansas City next Sunday, while the Seahawks go to New Orleans to face the defending Super Bowl champions. Seattle has now swept Arizona and holds the tie-breaker should the Cardinals somehow figure out how to win enough games for that to matter.

For more post game discussion, visit Revenge of the Birds.

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Struggling Arizona Cardinals Face Reeling Seattle Seahawk In NFC West Battle

If the Arizona Cardinals want to win the NFC West, the NFL's worst division by far, Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks is a must win. The Cardinals' schedule gets easy from here on in, but that won't matter if they can't manage a home win over a Seahawks defense that has given up over 1,000 yards to their opponent's offense over their last two games.

The Cardinals, who last won a game on October 10 against the New Orleans Saints, will need to build on some of the positive things to come from last week's come-from-ahead loss to the Vikings. Arizona reversed a season-long trend of shooting themselves in the foot with interceptions and critical fumbles and managed to build a 14-point lead with under five minutes to go in the game. Whether it was just Brett Favre drinking from the fountain of youth or a complete collapse by the Cardinals defense that lost the game, there's little question that such a lead would be much safer against Matt Hasselbeck's Seahawks offense.

The huge part of the Cardinals limited success this season has been points and field position generated by LaRod Stephens-Howling off the kick return game. LSH had a 96-yard return for a touchdown last week against the Vikings and he leads the league with 1060 yards returning kicks. The other bright spot is the Cardinals defense's ability to generate points. They have an NFL-best five touchdowns.

While the specials teams and defensive scoring have kept the Cardinals' hopes of winning the division alive, star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald knows that the offense is going to need to step up and do its part, as well.

"We've got to able to put some more points on the board. We've got to be able to put some balls in the end zone and give our defense some help. Those guys played well pretty much all day and we put them in some bad positions," Fitzgerald said this week.

Seattle is just 1-3 on the this season and has lost 11 of its last 13 on the road dating back to 2008. The Seahawks have been outscored 125-27 in their four losses this season.

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