Around the NFC West: Rare chance for Cardinals

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says emotions run high for Larry Fitzgerald when asked about heading to Seattle. Fitzgerald: "This game has been big for me since I saw the schedule come out. I have never been close in a game in Seattle in my five years. Going to Seattle has always been a death sentence. They have been the division champion for however long, and to be the champion, you have to beat the champion."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are looking to snap a five-game losing streak in Seattle. If not now, when?

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune quotes the Cardinals' Antonio Smith as saying Seattle has the NFL's best fans for generating crowd noise.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times questions whether Matt Hasselbeck's return will make a big difference for the Seahawks.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks signed Jamar Adams from their practice squad to fill in for the injured C.J. Wallace. Tight end Jeb Putzier was the odd man out. Putzier opened the season as part of the rotation at tight end, but the Seahawks benched him after Putzier struggled.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks find themselves in an unfamiliar place -- looking up at Arizona.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks are looking to delay what appears to be an inevitable passing of the torch within the NFC West.

Also from Johnson: Hasselbeck's return could be too little, too late.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle singles out Jason Hill's emergence as a positive for the 49ers.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat stands up for 49ers executive Paraag Marathe, who has come under criticism for the way he advises the coaching staff during games.

Also from Maiocco: Isaac Bruce's former teammates revere the veteran receiver.

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle looks at the overachieving ways of 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill, a former track star whose hustle on the basketball court sent him on his way.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers have no plans to return Jonas Jennings to their starting lineup. The longer he's out, the longer he has to heal, coach Mike Singletary said.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' run defense has betrayed them during recent defeats to the Cardinals and Jets. That could be a problem against the 49ers.

Also from Thomas: He says the Rams' pass offense and pass defense enjoy advantages against the 49ers.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sums up the Rams-49ers rivalry this way: "This used to be a proud and esteemed rivalry, until both franchises ended up living in a dumpster in the alley behind NFL headquarters on Park Avenue in New York."

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams could get a large dose of the ground game from Mike Martz.