GLENDALE, Ariz. – Coach Bruce Arians has accomplished a lot in his three seasons with the Cardinals.
Beating Seattle in Arizona isn’t one of them.
That 0-3 record at home against the Seahawks has been a major topic as the Cardinals prepare for the Sunday night matchup of two teams that have dominated the NFC West in recent years.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson brought it up in the locker room moments after Arizona’s 28-3 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night.
The Cardinals have won two of their past three at Seattle, but the Seahawks have dominated the past three in Arizona by a combined score of 105-34.
Asked if there’s a common thread through those losses, Arians was characteristically blunt.
“Yeah,” he said. “They beat the (heck) out of us.”
There were some mitigating circumstances. The Cardinals were down to Ryan Lindley in a 35-6 loss late in the 2014 season. And Arizona already had clinched the No. 2 playoff berth before a 36-6 loss to Seattle last season.
But another Seahawks victory this season would have a significant impact for both teams. Seattle would improve to 5-1, Arizona would drop to 3-4. A Cardinals win, on the other hand, would put Arizona just a half-game behind Seattle.
“This is a classic Western division matchup,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We love it. They’re a great team and they bring out the best in us.”
But Carroll scoffs at the suggestion that a Seattle victory would lock up the NFC West.
“That’s crazy to think that,” he said. “That’s not how it is. It’s just one game, one week, and then there’s a bunch of other games after that. I’m not even going to answer that one.”
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