Seahawks need to do three things to win on Thursday vs. Cardinals

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SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 24: Running back Thomas Rawls (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Run the ball

The Seahawks used to run the ball well. Even with Thomas Rawls. What happened to Rawls? This was the same guy who has broken several records since he was a rookie, including a playoff rushing record last year. This year, though, Rawls has been extremely ineffective.

And this goes for every Seattle back other than Chris Carson. Carson, though, won’t be back until 2018. So Rawls and Eddie Lacy and C.J. Prosise need to carry the load. Prosise usually is hurt. In fact, it is truly amazing when Prosise can play at all. But he is expected to go on Thursday, according to coach Pete Carroll. Prosise can be good. Last year against the New England Patriots he was fantastic.

Rawls, though in limited carries on Sunday, at least showed he might be dangerous. On nine carries against the Redskins, he gained 39 yards. Plus, he caught two passes for 31 yards. Rawls has the ability to be quick and gain chunks of yards. I swear this is true. He has done it in the past. Like against the Detroit Lions in the playoffs last season.

Eddie Lacy is questionable against Arizona.

Seattle traded for left tackle Duane Brown for a lot of reasons. One of which was to run the ball better. Seattle needs to do this against the Cardinals on Thursday to control the clock and get some heat off quarterback Russell Wilson.

Run effectively against a good front seven for Arizona and Seattle should be 6-3 after the game.

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