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Let's take a look at some of the numbers from last night's game, and also some of the final numbers Seattle had as a team.
The Seattle Seahawks are putting their 2011 season behind them and looking toward the future. There is next season, of course, but in the more immediate future there is the 2012 NFL Draft.
It has been announced that the Seahawks will flip to see who gets the 11th pick in the Draft, but even a 12th position would allow them to grab a good selection. Seattle's most pressing needs long-term are at quarterback and help with the 4-3 defensive end.
While the big QB name in the bunch, Andrew Luck, will be long gone by the time the 12th selection rolls around, the teams ahead of the Seahawks in the draft have some very specific needs, very few of them regarding the QB role. One quarterback who could still be around is Landry Jones from Oklahoma, who would be a great prospect to inherit the starter role from Tarvaris Jackson down the road. There's also a chance that Seattle could instead snap up DE Quenton Coples of North Carolina, who is expected to go in the top 15.
To discuss the draft with Seahawks fans, head to Field Gulls.
This isn't quite as exciting as two teams flipping for the first and the second pick, but both the Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs are uncertain who they'll be picking in the 2012 NFL Draft. Both of them are right in the lottery mix, and one of them will finish with a higher pick because of pure chance.
With Seattle losing to Arizona and the Philadelphia Eagles also winning, Seattle leapt all the way up from the 14th pick to the 11th/12th position into a tie with Kansas City. However, both the Seahawks and the Chiefs are tied in all of the tiebreaking scenarios, so it'll come down to a coin flip to determine who gets the pick. It's likely the coin toss will take place at the NFL Combine (as it has in previous scenarios), but both teams should be in prime position.
If Seattle wins, they get the 11th pick; a loss drops them to the 12th pick. Not a significant drop, but every position could make the difference in a draft loaded with top players.
The Seattle Seahawks concluded the season with the same record they had last season: 7-9. Unlike last year, there were a few good teams in their division, so they finished in third place instead of first in the NFC West.
A few big connections between John Skelton and Larry Fitzgerald on the final drive (including one incredible catch that we'll have more on later) helped Arizona set up a Jay Feely 28 yard field goal to clinch the game for the Cardinals in overtime.
Neither quarterback had too impressive a performance, although Tarvaris Jackson did bring Seattle back in this one with a big-time connection with Ricardo Lockette for 61 yards tied the game at 20. Jackson completed 60% of his passes, Skleton 55%, but both had less than seven yards per pass attempt and a touchdown and an interception apiece.
The Arizona Cardinals looked like they might be in danger of giving back more points to the Seattle Seahawks when Rob Housler caught a football from John Skelton for 21 yards, but fumbled the ball and saw K.J. Wright recover the ball deep into Arizona territory. It looked like Seattle would at least come out of this drive with a field goal, but Richard Marshall intercepted a Tarvaris Jackson pass and returned it back to Seattle territory.
After both teams settled for punts on three-and-outs, another dynamic Patrick Peterson punt return set up Arizona deep in Seattle territory, and they only needed to move the football eight yards to set up a Jay Feely 41 yard field goal and put Arizona up 10-3. Seattle has not crossed midfield since the Jackson interception. However, they should feel like they're very much in it down only a touchdown.
The Seattle Seahawks had a lot of trouble moving the football in the first quarter. They went four yards on their first drive, then only managed 32 yards on their next drive. The Arizona Cardinals then got going with some big runs by LaRod Stephens-Howling, who managed 39 and 22 yard gains deep into Seattle territory to set up a Chester Taylor one yard touchdown rush.
Seattle did come back on their next drive and manage to move the football into scoring position. Tarvaris Jackson found Golden Tate for eight and 23 yards and Doug Baldwin for ten, and rushes by Leon Washington of eight and fifteen yards and Marshawn Lynch of nine yards help set up a Steven Hauschka 43 yard field goal. The Seahawks have some rallying to do if they expect to win this football game.
The Seattle Seahawks are looking to finish their 2011 season on a high note with a victory over their NFC West rivals the Arizona Cardinals. They will be relatively healthy heading into their matchup, though will have a few players inactive this Sunday.
The Seahawks will be without quarterback Josh Portis, safety Jeron Johnson, cornerback Phillip Adams, linebacker Malcolm Smith, guard Paul Fanaika, offensive tackle Jarriel King and defensive end Pep Levingston this afternoon. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, wide receiver Ben Obamanu and cornerback Kennard Cox will be active.
As for the Cardinals, their big injury this afternoon is to their running back Beanie Wells, who will be inactive today. LaRod Stephens-Howling will get the start in his place. Wells is dealing with a knee injury.
The Seattle Seahawks saw their postseason hopes come to an end last week against the San Francisco 49ers. This week, they'll attempt to finish the season with a .500 winning percentage as they travel to face an Arizona Cardinals team that also saw their playoff chances crumble with a loss in Week 16. The Cardinals are also hoping to finish their season at .500. The teams are very evenly matched on paper, so this game is shaping up to be a close one.
We have all of your viewing and listening information right here in one handy location.
Time: Kickoff is scheduled for 1:15 PM PST at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
TV: FOX will air the game on television (channel 13 on Seattle). Your commentators will be Sam Rosen and Chad Pennington.
Radio: The broadcast can be found on 97.3 FM & 710 ESPN Radio, or on Sirius 112 and 139.
Betting Line: The Cardinals are favored to win by between 1.5 and 3 points, according to our friends over at OddsShark.
What is at stake for both teams this Sunday?
Running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks had a breakout year in 2011, in many respects. Lynch was the catalyst for the entire Seahawks ground game. He put up a career year in personal stats, racking up personal bests in rushing yards, touchdowns and average yards per carry. He also made himself look like a superstar in Seattle's triumphant return to Monday Night Football with his endearing Skittles touchdown routine. All of this before the season has even been put to bed.
The key to this stellar season, according to John Boyle of The Daily Herald, has to do with Lynch growing up and learning from the veterans around him.
"I feel I became a pro this year," he said. "In the studying, the taking care of my body, doing the little things that I could have gotten away with when I was younger, like not stretching, just going out there.
"A lot of the things I have learned, I have learned from those guys in that room," he said.
The change has been noticeable and one of the reasons the Seahawks were able to turn around their terrible start enough to briefly flirt with postseason hopes. The Seattle fans certainly appreciate the steps he has taken to improve his game and look forward to many more sparkling seasons from the beloved running back.
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson battled a pectoral injury for a large chunk of the 2011 NFL season. Although this past season was a career year for Jackson in many respects, the QB sees many areas of his game that are open for improvement in 2012. He also has high hopes that the strained pectoral muscle that caused him to miss games will not be a concern entering next year.
According to an AP article by Tim Booth, Jackson is operating under the belief that his injury will not require surgery. He hopes to spend the entire offseason working with the Seattle receivers. The goal is to strengthen the personal rapport between passer and receivers as well as improving the Seahawks passing game.
Jackson has a chance to pass 3,000 passing yards in Week 17's game against the Arizona Cardinals. He is expected to be the starting quarterback for Seattle once again in 2012.
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The Seahawks head into their final game of the season at the University of Phoenix Stadium to take on the Cardinals with a few injury concerns but overall fairly healthy. Officially, right tackle Breno Giacomini is listed as questionable, and if he's unable to play it's likely that Seahawks fans would get to see a little more of rookie Jarriel King. Also listed as questionable is DT Anthony Hargrove with a calf injury.
QUESTIONABLE - T Breno Giacomini (abdomen), DT Tony Hargrove (calf)
PROBABLE - CB Kennard Cox (hamstring), LB David Hawthorne (knee), QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), S Jeron Johnson (illness), DT Clinton McDonald (concussion), WR Ben Obomanu (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (concussion)
OUT - T Brandon Keith (ankle)
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The Seahawks did their part for charity in the NFL's weekly fine levies, dishing out $32,500 for uniform violations and illegal tackles/hits in last week's matchup with the 49ers. Through the magic of Twitter, we now know that Marshawn Lynch was fined $10k for his Skittles emblazoned shoe choice, Richard Sherman was fined $15k for a horsecollar tackle on Frank Gore in the 3rd quarter, and Adrian Moten, $7.5k for his late hit on Kyle Williams after Williams had fallen down.
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The Seattle Seahawks aren't playing for a whole lot other than professional pride on Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals. There are definitely some players who are injured who might think twice about participating in this contest when they'd be better off resting and preparing to make good things happen in the 2012 regular season.
Chief among them is wide receiver Ben Obomanu, who has had a decent season being one of the main receiving options for Tarvaris Jackson. Obomanu has been struggling with a banged-up knee that's been strained a bit, so he hasn't practiced at all this week. It doesn't mean he won't play this weekend, but it's a distinct possibility that he could be out of commission.
Here's a full list of injuries for the Seahawks.
Did Not Practice: Breno Giacomini (Abdominal), Anthony Hargrove (Calf), David Hawthrone (Knee), Ben Obomanu (Knee)
Full Practice Participation: Kennard Cox (Hamstring), Tarvairs Jackson (Pectoral), Clinton McDonald (Concussion), Malcolm Smith (Concussion)
The Seahawks look to finish in second place with a win over Arizona.