GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Nothing has come easy for the Cardinals at home this season. The trend continued against Seattle, but the outcome was all that mattered.
A season sweep of the Seahawks all but eliminated Seattle as a realistic challenger within the division.
The game raised questions about the Cardinals' run defense. It demonstrated their tendencies toward undisciplined play. But it also revealed a clear talent differential favoring the Cardinals even though the Seahawks hadn't been this healthy for months.
The Seahawks will now take a 3-6 record into Minneapolis after their best in Week 10 wasn't good enough against Arizona. That's a difficult position for Seattle and I will not be surprised if the Seahawks fall flat against the Vikings. They will have to fight through the realization that the season is likely lost.
Arizona takes a 6-3 overall record and 4-0 road record into St. Louis, where Kurt Warner will presumably treat fans to a brand of offense the Rams generally have not enjoyed since he left. Warner needed time to warm up Sunday, but he finished with 76 percent completions for 340 yards and two touchdowns. He makes the Cardinals a contender.
The Seahawks' inability to win one-on-one pass-rush battles against average offensive tackles was striking. It was arguably the difference in the game.