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Morning links: Thurmond has no fear

Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes that if Kelly Jennings, who did not practice all this week, can’t go against Arizona then rookie Walter Thurmond will get his first career start.

The University of Oregon product says he has no fear of matching up against one of the best in the league in Larry Fitzgerald.

“This is what you live for, is to go against the best,” Thurmond said. “I hope I can go against Larry the whole time. They’re going to mix and move him around and get different matchups that they want, so they can get him the ball.”

Greg Johns of reports that Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu expects the Cardinals to try and pound the ball to protect rookie quarterback Max Hall.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that if the Seahawks win on Sunday they will have the NFC West division lead for the first time since 2007.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Dave Grosby and former Seahawks Dave Wyman and Ray Roberts discuss Seattle’s upcoming game against the Cardinals in this audio link.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports says the NFC West is no longer the weakest division anymore in this audio link.

A video preview of the Hawks-Cardinals matchup.

This has nothing to do with football or the Seahawks, but since I’m trying to become the first sports writer to earn a sponsorship with Adidas and Derrick Rose is a product of one of my former schools, the University of Memphis (or Tiger High as we liked to call it), I had to post his new shoe add with Slim Chin. It's worth a chuckle this morning.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic provides this scouting report on the Hawks-Cardinals game.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic talks to quarterback Derek Anderson about his demotion, and he seems to indicate injuries plays a role in his poor play.

Darren Urban of writes that rookie quarterback Max Hall is learning how to prepare for games at the NFL level.

St. Louis Rams

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated writes that the Rams are thrilled with the development of quarterback Sam Bradford.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says head coach Steve Spagnuolo has set the bar higher for his team, even though they appear to be performing above expectations at 3-3.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Kentwood High product and Rams fullback Mike Karney is looking forward to help running back Steven Jackson break the franchise rushing record.San Francisco 49ers

Matt Maiocco of offers some matchups to watch in Niners-Panthers game.

Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Niners linebacker Takeo Spikes has labeled the Panthers the Niners of the East Coast because they have played below expectations like his team.

Scott Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that the Niners understand workhorse running back Frank Gore needs more rest.