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Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2009 8:00 pm | Updated: 1:18 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Cardinals have a comfortable two-game lead in the NFC West thanks to San Francisco losing at home to Tennessee last week. Now Arizona has to improve its home record, which stands at 1-3. Losing to lowly Carolina just two weeks ago should motivate the Cardinals to be at their best; they know what happens when they don’t prepare or play well.

THE SKINNY

The Cardinals have a comfortable two-game lead in the NFC West thanks to San Francisco losing at home to Tennessee last week. Now Arizona has to improve its home record, which stands at 1-3. Losing to lowly Carolina just two weeks ago should motivate the Cardinals to be at their best; they know what happens when they don’t prepare or play well. As long as Arizona doesn’t turn the ball over multiple times, this should be a rout. Seattle is banged up and already playing out the string as we reach the season’s midway point.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1. The Cardinals would love to duplicate last Sunday’s effort against the Chicago Bears. Jump on Seattle early with the passing game, then be able to run the ball to seal the win. Arizona threw 33 passes in Chicago and ran it 31 times. We haven’t seen that kind of balance around here in, well, forever.

2. Seattle defensive end Patrick Kerney is having an off-year by his standards — 16 tackles, four sacks — but his burst off the ball can still be a problem for left tackle Mike Gandy. The Cardinals have struggled this season when speed defensive ends have been able to collapse the pocket and make Kurt Warner move laterally. Arizona has to keep Kerney in check.

3. Marcos Trufant vs. Larry Fitzgerald. Trufant was injured when these teams met last month, but he’ll play today and likely shadow Fitzgerald around the field. Trufant will give up 4 inches of height to the 6-foot-3 Fitzgerald, but he has great cover skills.

Seahawks at Cardinals

When: 2:15 p.m. today

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium

TV/Radio: Channel 10/KTAR (620 AM)

Records: Arizona 5-3, Seattle 3-5

STARTING LINEUPS

Cardinals offense

WR Larry Fitzgerald

LT Mike Gandy

LG Reggie Wells

C Lyle Sendlein

RG Deuce Lutui

RT Levi Brown

TE Stephen Spach

WR Anquan Boldin

QB Kurt Warner

RB Tim Hightower

FB Dan Kreider

Cardinals defense

DE Calais Campbell

DT Bryan Robinson

DE Darnell Dockett

OLB Chike Okeafor

MLB Karlos Dansby

MLB Gerald Hayes

OLB Clark Haggans

RCB Bryant McFadden

LCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

SS Adrian Wilson

FS Antrel Rolle

Seahawks offense

WR Nate Burleson

LT Brandon Frye

LG Mansfield Wrotto

C Chris Spencer

RG Max Unger

RT Ray Willis

TE John Carlson

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh

QB Matt Hasselbeck

FB Justin Griffith

RB Julius Jones

Seahawks defense

LDE Cory Redding

LDT Brandon Mebane

RDT Colin Cole

RDE Patrick Kerney

OLB Will Herring

MLB Lofa Tatupu

OLB Aaron Curry

LCB Josh Wilson

RCB Ken Lucas

SS Deon Grant

FS Jordan Babineau

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