For both teams, this is a “no excuses” game. Arizona and Seattle are as close to 100% healthy as they can get, and both are coming off a bye week. Much to the contrary of recent matchups, Sunday night’s opening narrative between these two teams will not carry any injury-related asterisks. Carson Palmer is not only back, he’s playing arguably the best football of his career. He’s also taken a total of 11 sacks so far this season. Having a healthy Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett will be instrumental in seeing that number rise by the end of Sunday night.
Marshawn Lynch’s abdominal injury showed up late in the week, but as is often the case with him, the “questionable” tag is more precautionary than perilous. Though he’s scorched them in the past, Arizona ranks third in the league in run defense this year, allowing just 90.1 yards per game. The best rusher they’ve faced in that stretch was LeVeon Bell, and they held him to just 88 yards on 24 carries. The Cardinals still lost that game, though. Lynch will be their biggest challenge yet.
Also note that Jeremy Lane and Paul Richardson aren’t on the injury report, but it’s still unclear if they’ll be active tomorrow night. The coaching staff may want to play it safe and not rush either player back from such devastating injuries.