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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2009 9:51 pm | Updated: 12:42 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Arizona visits Seattle to take on the Seahawks at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Here's what to look for:

THE SKINNY

This is a critical NFC West match-up for the Cardinals. Having already lost to San Francisco, Arizona can ill afford another early-season loss to a divisional foe. This isn’t the same Seahawks team that dominated the NFC West for years, but Qwest Field is a difficult environment to play in. The crowd is loud and the weather — there’s a 30 percent chance of rain Sunday — can be a factor. One other consideration: Next week, the Cardinals play at the New York Giants. If they want to avoid being 2-4, a win Sunday may be a necessity.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1. The Seahawks are a different team when quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is healthy — they’re 2-1 with him, 0-2 without him — and he’s back after missing a couple of weeks with a broken rib. Look for the Seahawks to spread the field against the Cardinals’ 32nd ranked pass defense, and for Hasselbeck to throw often to tight end John Carlson. Arizona has had trouble covering quality tight ends, and Carlson is a good one.

2. The Cardinals can’t afford to give Hasselbeck time to throw. The best antidote: A steady stream of blitzes from strong safety Adrian Wilson, who obliterated the Seahawks’ quarterback with a couple of hits last year.

3. Seattle defensive end Patrick Kerney is off to a slow start with just two quarterback sacks in four games, but he’s traditionally given Arizona fits. Kerney had three sacks in Seattle’s 34-21 win last December, and he has 9.5 sacks in six career games against the Cardinals. Left tackle Mike Gandy may need help in containing Kerney, or Kurt Warner could have a long day.

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

DT 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    

WR2     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    

OLB1     Will Herring    

MLB     Lofa Tatupu    

OLB2     Aaron Curry    

LCB     Josh Wilson    

RCB     Ken Lucas    

SS     Deon Grant    

FS     Jordan Babineau

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