Seahawks vs. Cardinals: Behind Enemy Lines with ‘Raising Zona’


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Postseason dreams are on the line and the team in the way is the only team that beat the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field last year — the Arizona Cardinals.

At 9-1, Arizona is arguably the NFL’s best team right now and they could all but wrap up the NFC West with a win on Sunday.

But, hopefully, the Seahawks have other plans.

Both of these teams know each other pretty well at this point, but just to get an additional inside look at the Cardinals, I spoke with Mr. Scott Allen, the editor of, our FanSided brother that covers everything Cardinals.

Here is our conversation:

1. The Cardinals beat the Seahawks at the CLink last season, what do they have to do to do it again this year?

They won’t get away with turning the ball over like they did last year, that’s for sure. They will need to stop Seattle’s No. 1 rushing offense and their defense will need to create turnovers themselves.

2. The Cardinals weren’t a bad team last year, but this season they have been dominant. What has made them such a good team in comparison to last year’s squad?

More players have bought into the system of Bruce Arians. I think what they are doing now though is just a continuation of the second half of last season. They finished 7-2 in their last nine games last season and are 16-3 over the last 19.

3. If Arizona has a weakness, what is it and how can Seattle exploit it?

Pass defense. They can get burned with big pass plays. Also tackling. They missed a lot of tackles early but have been much better the past couple of weeks.

4. Who is a relatively unknown member of the Cardinals Seattle fans should keep their eye on?

Alex Okafor. The second-year linebacker who missed most of last season due to injury has really picked it up the past month. He had two sacks last week on Matthew Stafford.

5. What is your prediction of the outcome of Sunday’s game, including the final score?

I, unlike some local reporters, still believe the Cards can win this. It won’t be easy, it is Seattle after all. However it will be close and I’m taking the Cardinals 23-21.

Special thanks, again, to Mr. Scott Allen from for taking the time to share his thoughts on the Cardinals-Seahawks Week 12 matchup.