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When: September 9, 4:25 p.m. ET
When the Seahawks have the ball: Is Marshawn Lynch healthy?
The Seahawks decided to go with rookie QB Russell Wilson for their opening game instead of former Packer Matt Flynn. Lynch’s beast-like play out of the backfield is partially the reason they felt comfortable making this move because he takes a lot of pressure off of Wilson and allows him to be the playmaker this squad needs.
That said, Lynch has recently been hampered by back problems and could have difficulty playing up to his usual standards this week (if he even plays at all). That’s bad news for Wilson because the Cardinals boast an aggressive defense with some big-time playmakers in the secondary in Adrian Wilson and Patrick Peterson.
If Lynch can’t go, this could be a long day for the Seahawks.
When the Cardinals have the ball: Who’s going to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald?
Last season, the Cardinals made a move to bring in quarterback Kevin Kolb, and while he showed promise from time to time, he was hampered by a string of injuries that saw his play deteriorate. Backup John Skelton stepped in after Kolb went down with concussion and won some games, but ended the season with more interceptions than touchdowns.
Neither quarterback has looked overly strong this preseason, and with questions at running back, it’s going to fall to one of the two QBs to step and get the ball to Arizona’s most dangerous player.
For now, it looks like Skelton is the starter, but the Cardinals didn’t pay Kolb all that money for nothing and you could see him take that role back over if Skelton struggles.