Dave Boling of The News Tribune discusses the tough road that lies ahead for the Seattle Seahawks, who face opponents with a 32-33 record down the stretch, including five teams with hopes of reaching the playoffs.
That’s much different than the Arizona Cardinals, who have five of their eight games at home and face team with a combined 21-43 record.
Even after a two-game skid in which the Seahawks were outscored 74-10, Carroll said the return of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (concussion) and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) – along with the possible return of left tackle Russell Okung (ankle) – has the team feeling upbeat.
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“The feeling is we’re getting some guys back we’ve been waiting for. ... It feels better than it has,” Carroll said. “There’s a good feeling in the (locker room) that guys are coming back. We’re starting off again; it’s really like we’re starting all over again.”
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane says his lingering calf injury forced him to change his diet and make sure to stay hydrated, and that he’s looking forward to the opportunity of playing on Sunday.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that Leon Washington received this year’s Ed Block Courage Award for coming back from the compound leg fracture he suffered last season.
Paul Daugherty of Sports Illustrated explains why punting should be banned. Fun read.
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports gives the Seahawks a “C” in his midseason grades for NFL teams.
This is a pretty funny video. With the Jets facing the Cleveland Browns, Jets Rex Ryan dresses up like his twin brother, Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says that Arizona has a great opportunity to rebound in a weak NFC West.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes the Cardinals have had issues protecting the quarterback this season, giving up 28 sacks on the year.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that the Cardinals are dinged up defensively.