NFC West: audibles 11
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has six interceptions and 10 sacks in his last two games at Qwest Field. Seattle won those games by scores of 42-21 last season and 21-10 in 2006.
"They've been the bullies on the block for a long time and for a confidence builder for your team, especially a team you hope can get into the playoffs and be successful, you have to be able to exorcise some of those demons," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said.
The Cardinals might not get a better chance than this one. Yes, the Seahawks are welcoming back Matt Hasselbeck and Deion Branch from injuries. Neither player appeared primed for a strong season when he was healthy, however.
Seattle needed a defensive touchdown to stay competitive with Miami in Week 10. The same might be true against the Cardinals unless the Seahawks can force Warner into mistakes. Arizona has scored more points than any team in the league through nine games. Warner has only six interceptions in nine games this season.
The 49ers' Mike Singletary and the Rams' Jim Haslett are fighting to keep their jobs beyond this season. The loser of this game will have a hard time making a case.
The Rams have scored 32 points in three games -- al defeats -- since Steven Jackson suffered a thigh injury. The 49ers have allowed 32.2 points per game during their current six-game losing streak.
The 49ers should be able to get their ground game going as long as Frank Gore's concussion doesn't hold him back. Look for 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz to hit on a couple of big plays against his former team. Also expect the 49ers to exploit pass-protection problems on the right side of the Rams' offensive line.
The Rams' best chance might be to isolate rookie receiver Donnie Avery against the 49ers' slower safeties. Recent opponents have taken away that option. Not having to worry about Jackson makes the task much easier.