My story today focuses on Seattle’s struggles offensively. The Seahawks are worst in the league in average total yards per game (191.5) and average rushing yards per game (47.5) and second-worst in scoring (8.5 points per contest).
However, they face NFC West division rival Arizona at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. The Cardinals are ranked No. 29 overall in total defense, giving up 466 yards a contest. And they’ve been shredded by Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton (422 yards, two touchdowns) and a journeyman, Washington’s Rex Grossman (291 yards, two touchdowns), in back-to-back weeks.
So Sunday offers an opportunity for Seattle’s offense to get going.
“It will be good to go back home,” Running back Justin Forsett said. “We’re excited about that. We play a good team, but I mean I’m ready to get back out there and try to get a ‘W.’
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“Losing stinks, but I think the kind of guys we’ve got in this room are going to bounce back. We’re going to fight. We’ve been in this situation before, a lot of guys in this locker room. So we’re going to keep fighting.”
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle says that anyone who blames Tarvaris Jackson for the Seahawks being 0-2 is amateurish.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers this profile on Paul McQuistan, who’s slated to start at left guard for the Seahawks with Robert Gallery out.
More Farnsworth: He previews Seattle’s upcoming contest against the Cardinals.
Christian Caple of Seattlepi.com says that according to Pete Carroll, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is not missing open receivers down field.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that Carroll says it will take time for the offense to get better, but he’d like that to happen sooner rather than later.
ESPN’s Mike Sando has quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and cornerback Brandon Browner’s stock falling in his weekly stock watch of NFC West players.
More Sando: Arizona running back Beanie Wells has lived up to lofty expectations in this third season. Wells has 183 yards, two touchdowns and a 5.7-yard average. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Wells has averaged 6.9 yards per carry on 14 rushes up the middle. He’ll face a Seattle defense that has allowed only 2.5 yards per carry up the middle, fourth-best in the NFL. Overall
Clark Judge of CBS Sports counts Seattle as one of the leaders in the clubhouse in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes that although the Cardinals’ defense is struggling, they are not in panic mode yet.
More Somers: He goes into more detail about Arizona’s struggles on defense.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that receiver Larry Fitzgerald tied a franchise record for touchdown catches with 66th career touchdown reception against Washington, tying him with Roy Green.