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Angry Birds: Cardinals and Seahawks want to recover from ugly losses

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The Arizona Cardinals will be looking to take out some frustration in Week 11 against a rival for NFC West.

And the Seattle Seahawks too.

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Both teams were embarrassed in week 10: The defeated Cardinals looked lifeless in a one-sided 34-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers; and the Seahawks were knocked out 17-0 by the Green Bay Packers on Russell Wilson’s return to the line-up.

It’s unclear whether Arizona (8-2) will have offensive stars Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins in uniform again in Seattle when the teams clash on Sunday, November 21. Neither played in the loss to the Panthers nor in the week 9 win against the San Francisco 49ers due to injury.

Cardinal coach Kliff Kingsbury said Murray (ankle) and Hopkins (thigh) are staying “day in and day out” and their availability against the Seahawks will likely be game-time decisions.

Arizona’s long injury report against Carolina is a big reason the players and coaches don’t panic after their worst loss of the season. The Cardinals also played without running back Chase Edmonds (who was put in the injured reserve after a high ankle sprain against the 49ers) and offensive linemen Justin Pugh (calf) and Max Garcia (Achilles).

“Our boys understand where we stand and what we want to achieve. They understand who is playing and who is not, “Kingsbury said on Monday, November 15th to” Wolf & Luke “of Arizona Sports the Field, and neither of us felt we had (vs. Carolina).”

Defensive lineman Zach Allen said the general feeling in the locker room after losing to the Panthers was an eagerness to get back to work.

“I think that’s the mindset right now,” Allen told reporters after the game. “There isn’t much ‘woe to me’. It’s a lot of ‘let’s just get back to work’. ”

The Seahawks, meanwhile, are running out of time to push for the postseason. At 3-6, Seattle only has a 17% chance of making the playoffs after losing to the Packers, according to FiveThirtyEight.

A win in Arizona in Seattle would reduce that rate to just 7% and put the Seahawks’ playoff hopes on life support. A win in Seattle, however, increases the rate to 29%.

“We understand what that environment is like up there,” said Kingsbury. “You will rock. You need this victory; We need this victory. Both teams have suffered heavy defeats that I know were not very satisfied. “

As the Cardinals and Seahawks prepare for their first meeting this season, here’s what went wrong for both teams in Week 10:

The Cardinals essentially rolled out the red carpet for Cam Netwon’s debut of the season, giving the Panthers short fields and early momentum with two losses and a failed conversion to fourth on their first three possession.

The Panthers (5-5) turned those chances into 17 points – including two touchdowns from Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP with Carolina, who re-signed with the team just three days before the game.

Newton, 32, was unsigned by the New England Patriots after his release on August 31. He received a second shot in Carolina after QB starter Sam Darnold was placed in injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Newton was only on the field nine games against the Cardinals but scored a goal on his first two snaps of the game – a 2-yard run and a 2-yard throw against Robby Anderson. The Panthers took the lead 17-0 in the first quarter and increased this lead to 23-0 by half-time.

Kingsbury said he was concerned about the Cardinals’ sluggish start.

“That was atypical for our season so far,” he said. “I felt like Carolina came in and played harder, played faster, passed us … and we didn’t react the way we did. We just have to learn from it and get better this week. “

Cardinal’s QB Colt McCoy struggled on his second start, completing 11 of 20 passes for just 107 yards – along with a lost fumble and an interception – before leaving the game in the third quarter with a chest injury. His status is also changing day by day, Kingsbury said.

The Cardinals would love to have Murray again against the Seahawks, but they also don’t want to rush his recovery, Kingsbury said. After the Seattle game, the Cardinals say goodbye in Week 12 before taking on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 5th.

The Seahawks got their starting QB back against the Packers, but things didn’t go well for Wilson at Lambeau Field.

After missing three games with a finger injury, Wilson struggled on his return and threw two endzone interceptions when Seattle was suspended for the first time in his career. He finished 20 of 40 with 161 yards.

Neither Wilson nor Seahawks coach Pete Carroll used the QB’s injury or three-game absence as an excuse for defeat.

“I felt safe in my hand,” said Wilson. “I felt safe with all the hard work. It was really just a bad game in those two games. Those were really the defining moments in the game. When you play against good football teams, you usually do. They either go your way or they don’t. “

“He was ready to play,” added Carroll. “And there is no other information that can tell us otherwise.”

There were other problems too. Seattle recipient DK Metcalf was ejected after an altercation with Packers players in the fourth quarter. Metcalf later gave the reason for the scuffle that he was “tired of losing”.

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The Cardinals essentially rolled out the red carpet for Cam Netwon’s debut of the season, giving the Panthers short fields and early momentum with two losses and a failed conversion to fourth on their first three possession.

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