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Morning links: Can Rice, Miller jumpstart offense?

My story today focuses on receiver Sidney Rice, who is finally healthy enough to take the field on Sunday.

The Seahawks are hoping the addition of the $41 million dollar man will jumpstart an offense that has scored just 17 points so far this season.

But another player who also needs to get more involved is tight end Zach Miller.

The Pro Bowl tight end picked up in free agency had caught at least 56 balls the past three season for Oakland, but has only six targets and just three catches for 32 yards in his first two games for Seattle.

But Miller expects things to get better.

“I knew that coming in with such a young offensive line that there would be some protection things that I’d be asked to do,” Miller said. “First and foremost to have your offense be successful, you have to protect your quarterback, and you’ve got to give him time to throw. “I understand the system. And definitely as we get older on the offensive line and they get more comfortable, I’ll be able to get out in routes a little more and that type of thing. But I’m excited because I feel like we can be really good offensively, and I feel like we’re going to keep improving.”

Clare Farnsworth of focuses on Alan Branch in his Friday practice report. The defensive end is playing against his former team for the first time. “If anyone told you this isn’t a big deal, they’d be lying,” Branch said. “Of course it’s a big deal. I used to play with them. There’s still a lot guys on that team I’m friends with. So you want to do well against them.”

Art Thiel of believes that the Aaron Curry benching is a sign for Seattle that this weekend’s game against Arizona is this close to a must-win contest.

ESPN’s Mike Sando predicts a 20-19 win for Seattle.

Check out Michael Robinson’s latest The Real Robinson Report for an inside look at players hanging out in the Seahawks’ locker room.

Michael King of Evening Magazine profiles Pete Carroll’s mentor, Lou Tice in this video link.

Pro Football Focus offers three things to look for in Sunday’s game.Arizona Cardinals

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic writes that Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton has simplified things so his guys play faster on that side of the ball.

Darren Urban of goes into a bit more detail on the changes Arizona is making up front defensively.

More McManaman: Despite being listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report because of a hamstring issue, running back Beanie Wells says he will play on Sunday

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic breaks down the game here.