Our last game against the Cards almost feels like it was last season. We’ve played ten games since then, going 7-3. They have gone 5-5. There are usually major differences in personnel and identity in the NFL over the course of ten games, so let’s take a look:
For the Cards:
Matt Leinart will not go 23-37 and throw for 299 yards and a TD (he’s injured in case you missed it). Kurt Warner starts in his place and has posted an impressive 90.1 QB rating this season.
Their best player, Adrian Wilson, is out for the season, leaving former Seahawks practice squad member Oliver Celestin starting at the SS spot.
Starting CB Eric Green is also out for the season, elevating former 1st rd pick Antrel Rolle (also known as Darrell Jackson’s whipping boy) to a starting role.
Bertrand Barry is out for the year, so former Seahawk Joe Tafoya starts RDE.
Where most people saw weakness, we’ve now seen a season of strength from the Cards young offensive line. They allowed zero sacks in the first game against us (the second time in a row they’ve shut us out on sacks), and have allowed only 17 all year while also paving the way for the NFCs third leading rusher.
Both Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin are injured, where both were healthy for the first match
For the Hawks:
Mack Strong is retired. Leonard Weaver is starting.
The Hawks running game is no longer feared. Alexander’s 18 rushes for 70 yards in the first game would be considered great by recent measures.
Chuck Darby is out for the year. Brandon Mebane starts.
LeRoy Hill did not play in the first game due to injury, and we’ve seen what a difference he seems to make.
The Hawks defense has almost a full season of playing together. Our safeties hadn’t made their presence felt yet, but are now a proven security blanket.
Alvin Pearman was returning kickoffs. Forgot the dude was even on the team.