Cardinals vs. Seahawks: 10 Keys to the Game for Seattle

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Cardinals vs. Seahawks: 10 Keys to the Game for Seattle
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Last week following their meltdown loss in Miami coupled with the potential suspensions of both their starting cornerbacks, it was easy to give up the Seattle Seahawks for dead.

Sports Guy Bill Simmons also known as Grantland's chief who earlier this season jumped on the team bandwagon went so far as to update his relationship status prior to the 'Hawks matchup with the Bears this past Sunday:

I have some sad news: I'm breaking up with the Seahawks. After watching them blow a winnable road game in the fourth quarter for the FIFTH time, enough was enough. Next time I pick a Pete Carroll team as my Super Bowl sleeper, you have permission to hit me with a 12-inch Subway sub. Seriously. It can even be a meatball and cheese.

In fairness to Simmons, who could blame him as it looked like the 'Hawks were about to lose a sixth time as the Bears held a 14-10 lead with just under four minutes to play pinned back at their own three-yard line?

Yet instead of folding, Russell Wilson decided he had had enough himself.  He not only willed the 'Hawks to a crucial and somewhat improbable win, he did it twice for good measure in spite of the defense allowing the Bears to tie the game.

It was nothing short of amazing and at the same time contradicted what we've seen for the better part of this season.  While it's great to see that Russell Wilson has the heart of a lion, it's a bit troubling to see the once vaunted defense wilt so easily once again on the road.    

At any rate, it appears that the 'Hawks' march to the playoffs is a relatively straightforward jaunt if you're willing to take Sports Illustrated's Peter King at his word:

10. Seattle (7-5). Seattle will win the sixth playoff seed in the NFC, and maybe the fifth, by winning three of four down the stretch against a schedule that has 3-1 possibilities: Arizona, at Buffalo, San Francisco, St. Louis. Three of the last four in the din of CenturyLink Field. I like the Seahawks' chances.

In theory that sounds nice, but a lot easier said than done, and for me at least, all is not forgiven and certainly not forgotten based on last Sunday's win.  

On the surface, this Sunday's matchup should be an easy win against a reeling Cardinals team that suffered the indignity of losing in New York against the Jets after they pulled the plug on Mark Sanchez

Therefore a little home cooking will probably make this Sunday fun for the 'Hawks, but here are 10 key points they need to cover off on before getting too far ahead of themselves.   

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