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Cards Look for Another NFC West Win Sunday in Seattle

The Cardinals face Seattle for the first time in ’08 when they head to Qwest Field for a Sunday afternoon showdown with the Seahawks. Arizona will enter the contest with a four-game division lead over the Seahawks, Rams and 49ers. The team’s 6-3 record is its best since 1984 (also 6-3) and the four-game division lead is the largest in franchise history.

The Cards enter this week’s game with the NFL’s #1 scoring offense and the 3rd-ranked unit in terms of yardage. Arizona is coming off a thrilling 29-24 home win over the 49ers on Monday Night Football. The Cards trailed throughout the game before taking the lead with 4:16 left on Kurt Warner’s third TD of the night and second to Anquan Boldin. They then had to withstand a furious rally by the Niners that concluded with a goal-line stop on the game’s final play.

The Seahawks return home after a road loss at Miami that dropped them to 2-7. Seattle is expected to be bolstered by the return of starting QB Matt Hasselbeck, who missed the last five games due to injury (knee/back).

The last time the NFL schedule placed the Cardinals initial meeting with a division foe this late in a season was in 1996 when they faced the Eagles for the first time in game 12 (11/24). Other division opponents meeting this week for the first time in ’08 are the Rams-Niners and Bears-Packers.

A win at Seattle would give the Cardinals a sweep of their road division games for the first time since 1968 when they played in the NFC Century division and won at Cleveland, New Orleans and Pittsburgh.

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