Arizona’s defense is a solid 10th in the league against the run, and 18th against the pass. Seattle’s run offense, which looked good early in the season, has struggled the past couple weeks because teams have stacked the box and forced the Seahawks to throw.
That should change today with Matt Hasselbeck returning, along with Seattle having a healthy, talented group of receivers for Hasselbeck to throw the ball to. However, Hasselbeck may struggle with his timing in his first game back.
That’s why Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren needs to hold back on his tendancy to pass first and do one thing – give the ball to Julius Jones. A lot.
One thing that Jones proved last week is the more carries he gets the stronger he runs. Some of Jones’ best runs came at the end of the game with the Miami defense wearing down. I think Jones has proven he deserves to have the lion’s share of the carries, with Mo Morris used as a change-up back. And if Jones can run the ball well, it will take more pressure off of Hasselbeck to perform, and keep Seattle’s defense from being on the field all day.
A must-win situation? That’s what Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren calls this game against Arizona today, Frank Hughes reports.
Even though the Seahawks face long odds to get back into it, they’ll keep fighting, says Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald.
More Johnson: Matt Hasselbeck and Deion Branch look to provide a spark for Seattle’s struggling offense.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press previews the game here.
Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian also discusses the game here.
San Francisco 49ers
Former Washington State standout Jason Hill is living his dream by playing for his hometown team in San Francisco, John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
49ers quarterback Shaun Hill’s journey to the NFL has been a winding one, writes Gwen Knapp of the Chronicle.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat defends the presence of San Francisco director of football operations Paraag Marathe’s presence in the coaching booth upstairs for gamedays, and also breaks down the 49ers game against the Rams.
Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News writes that Mike Singletary’s coaching tryout begins in earnest today against St. Louis.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee discusses Singletary’s five golden rules and how the team lived up to those rules against Arizona last week.
The Cardinals look to cement their place atop the NFC West standings with a rare win in Seattle, reports Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t mince words when talking about today’s game against the Seahawks to Darren Urban of azcardinals. com:
"This game has been big for me since I saw the schedule come out," Fitzgerald told Urban. "I have never been close in a game in Seattle in my five years. Going to Seattle has always been a death sentence.
"They have been the division champion for however long, and to be the champion you have to beat the champion."
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune writes there’s a new bird in charge of the NFC West.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams defense will have to play better against the run facing Frank Gore in San Francisco today.
Even though both teams are 2-7, there’s still a lot to play for, with both Jim Haslett and Singletary trying to earn coaching jobs with their perspective teams, writes Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.