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Seahawks vs Cardinals: 5 Keys to the Game for Seattle
Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
BLUE 42!!! BLUE 42!!!....wait...What are the Cardinals doing??...AUDIBLE!!

It's time for Seahawks football!

As the preseason concludes and the games start to matter, the Seahawks organization is faced with something they haven't had to deal with in several years—lofty expectations. Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have quietly built something intriguing in Seattle, and Arizona seems to be a perfect place for a road test. 

Don't let the positive Las Vegas betting lines and the Cardinals preseason struggles fool you. This game is going to be tough. In fact, history is not even on Seattle's side. The Seahawks are only 4-8 lifetime on road versus the Cardinals, with their last win taking place on Nov. 14, 2010.

Before that? Way back on Nov. 6, 2005.

Even more ominous is the fact that Seattle is only 4-6 in their last 10 meetings with the Cardinals, home and away combined.

Typically, an opening regular season game on the road is not a must-win, but this one has divisional and playoff implications that can not be ignored. 

Losing to the Cardinals in week one could put the Seahawks in a bad spot heading into tough games against the Cowboys and Packers, which could put a damper on team aspirations for 2012.

Despite all the super-scary warning signs, the Seahawks have advantages in several areas, and if the hype is legitimate, should be able to win on Sunday.

How, you ask?

Well let's take a look at my five keys to victory shall we?

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