NFC West thoughts as Week 9 gets going

SEATTLE -- A few thoughts while Green Bay leads Arizona and the Minnesota-Seattle game awaits:

  • Early Doucet has two dropped passes for the Cardinals. He now has six this season, twice his total for 2011. I've been getting questions about Michael Floyd possibly replacing Doucet. This would not be a direct swap. Doucet plays primarily from the slot. Floyd is more of an outside receiver. If Floyd replaces Doucet in the three-receiver package, Andre Roberts would be the slot receiver. That was the thinking when Arizona drafted Floyd in the first round. Doucet (29) and Roberts (22) led the Cardinals in targets from the slot entering Week 9, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Floyd had only two.

  • Cardinals outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield suffered an ankle injury. His return is questionable, according to the team.

  • Seattle did not name its starting offensive line after listing James Carpenter among its inactives. John Moffitt will presumably start at right guard, with Paul McQuistan moving over to left guard, where Carpenter had been playing. Seattle has improved its line depth over the past couple seasons. Moffitt seemingly fits the Seahawks' zone scheme better than Carpenter fits it, at least as a guard.

  • Ex-Seahawks tight end John Carlson was listed among the Vikings' inactive players, as expected. Carlson caught two scoring passes in his most recent meaningful game at CenturyLink Field. That was during Seattle's playoff upset against New Orleans following the 2010 season. He spent last season on injured reserve and has been sidelined since suffering a concussion during the Vikings' victory over the Cardinals.

  • Blair Walsh, the Vikings' kicker, just connected in practice on a 55-yard field goal. He appeared to have more than five yards to spare. He has made all four tries from 50-plus yards this season, three of them at home and one outdoors.

All for now. Back to watching