TEMPE, Ariz. -- Earlier Friday, I wrote about why I predicted the Arizona Cardinals to lose Sunday night to the Seattle Seahawks. I had plenty of reasons to choose from, and the argument was easy to qualify. However, I also believe there's a fair and strong argument to make for a Cardinals victory, which would secure them the NFC West title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, even with a third-string quarterback. It centers on Arizona's rushing game.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril said he’s starting to get an old feeling about what’s going on with the Seattle Seahawks. Fresh off signing his new four-year $28.5 million contract extension Friday, one day after linebacker K.J. Wright signed a $27 million, four-year deal, Avril sees some continuity that he appreciates. Avril and Wright are the latest defensive starters to receive long-term deals from the Seahawks.
The Oakland Raiders and their home crowd always have a special bond on game day. On Sunday, the feeling could be even more emotional because the team's future in Oakland is still up in the air. It is not out of the realm of possibility that Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills could be the team’s final game in Oakland. The Raiders do not have a lease to play in Oakland beyond this season, and the team has been connected to both Los Angeles and San Antonio.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung will not play Sunday at Arizona, but right guard J.R. Sweezy returned to practice Friday and will start against the Cardinals. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said receiver Paul Richardson also will play Sunday after missing practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. Alvin Bailey will start at left tackle for Okung, who suffered a bruised lung last weekend against San Francisco.
There are no games scheduled for today.