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Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals Preview and Predictions 09-29-2019


Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray square off for the first time when the Seattle Seahawks visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and has won a Super Bowl ring with Seattle while Murray, the 2019 first overall draft pick, is trying to emulate his counterpart as he begins his NFL journey with the Cardinals.

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Wilson's success while standing just 5-10 has helped fuel comparisons, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll understands the rationale. "I think (Wilson) opened up the minds of other people because there weren't a lot of people who thought he was going to be able to do very well," Carroll told reporters. "So that opens up the door for Kyler to get a shot, and now they're both playing. Kyler's a really good ballplayer. There's no doubt that he belongs, and he's part of it and fits and all that." Murray, who also is 5-10, received advice from Wilson while trying to decide between football and baseball earlier this year, with Wilson once having had to make the same decision. "It was good to see a guy my size doing it," Murray told reporters of Wilson's NFL exploits. "I think that helps any kid. We kind of have the same stature, so being able to see him do it in the league, winning Super Bowls, that gives you a confidence boost."

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Seahawks -5. O/U: 48

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (2-1): Wilson is thriving with 901 yards and seven touchdowns without throwing an interception, but running back Chris Carson (158 yards) is struggling and has lost a fumble in each of the team's first three games. "There's been a lot of players over the years, through the ages, that have had issues at times," Carroll said of Carson. "They put it to rest and it's behind them and all that. That's what's going to happen here. You will not see me waver in my support for Chris and belief in the guy as a football player." The defensive unit is allowing 26.3 points and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was all over the field with a career-best 18 tackles in the Week 3 loss to New Orleans.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (0-2-1): Murray has thrown for 830 yards and four touchdowns while being intercepted three times, but he said the hardest thing to deal with is having zero victories. "You've just got to be optimistic," Murray said. "You've got to be positive about it. You're the quarterback. You're the leader of the team. So I can't be walking around with my head down." The defense is being dinged for 443.3 yards per game, but defensive end Chandler Jones recorded two sacks and forced two fumbles in the Week 3 loss to Carolina, marking his 17th career multi-sack performance.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Seahawks won both of last season's meetings, prevailing by three points on each occasion.

2. Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald (1,321 catches) is five receptions away from passing Tony Gonzalez for second place on the all-time list.

3. Seattle LT Duane Brown (biceps) is being monitored closely and the club is hoping he will be available.

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Last Injuries

Arizona Cardinals

  • Mason Cole

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cole missed the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will play against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Maxx Williams

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Williams is on the injured reserve list with an ankle injury, and it is unknown when he will rejoin the team.

  • Jalen Thompson

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Thompson has been designated for the injured reserve list due to an ankle injury. It is unknown when he will get back on the field.

  • D.J. Humphries

    Lower Body
    Prob Sun | probable

    Humphries departed the previous game with a lower-body injury, but he is projected to line up against the Washington Football Team on Sunday.

  • Kylie Fitts

    Wrist
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Fitts has a wrist injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Washington Football Team.

  • Josh Jones

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jones missed the last game with an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Sunday against the Washington Football Team.

  • KeeSean Johnson

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Johnson has been ticketed for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown when he will return to action.

  • Maxx Williams

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Williams is nursing an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will be available against the 49ers on Sunday.

Seattle Seahawks

  • Cedric Ogbuehi

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ogbuehi has missed the last two games with a pectoral injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Cowboys on Sunday.

  • Bruce Irvin

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Irvin is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL in his right knee.

  • Rasheem Green

    Neck
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Green departed the previous game with a neck injury, and it is undetermined if he will suit up Sunday against the Cowboys.

  • Tre Flowers

    Finger
    Prob Sun | probable

    Flowers dislocated his finger in the last game, but he is projected to take the field Sunday versus the Cowboys.

  • Kyle Fuller

    Suspension
    Elig Sun | out

    Fuller has been issued a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He is likely to make his season debut Sunday against the Cowboys.

  • Marquise Blair

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Blair has been moved to the injured reserve list with a right knee injury.

  • Jamal Adams

    Finger
    Prob Sun | probable

    Adams is likely to face the Cowboys on Sunday despite a dislocated finger.

  • Phillip Dorsett II

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Dorsett II has been shifted to the injured reserve list with a foot injury, and he will be out of action for an undetermined length of time.