GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Seattle Seahawks must love the desert.
They have beaten coach Bruce Arians’ Cardinals three of the past four times they have played in Arizona. The exception was last season’s excruciating 6-6 tie, a Sunday night game in which Arizona and Seattle both missed chip-shot field goals that would have won the game in overtime.
“It was old-time football,” Arians said. “I’ve never been in a game with 97 snaps on offense and you only score six points.”
It was the latest matchup between NFC West foes for whom home field does not seem to mean much. The Cardinals have won in three of its past four trips to Seattle, but the Seahawks have dominated in Arizona.
The Seahawks (5-3) will be favored again when they face the Cardinals (4-4) on Thursday night, when Seattle’s tough defensive front will aim to stop Adrian Peterson, who literally is carrying the offensive load since coming to the Cardinals.
With quarterback Carson Palmer out with a broken arm, Arizona is leaning on Peterson even more.
Thursday night’s game comes just four days after the 32-year-old running back carried a career-high 37 times for 159 yards in the Cardinals’ 20-10 victory at San Francisco.
“I’m feeling good,” Peterson said Wednesday. “My body’s feeling fresh. I’m ready to roll. I’m sure they are as sore as us, so it’s going to be a battle of will.”
The Seahawks are coming off a disappointing home loss to Washington.
“We took a step back last week,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “We didn’t play like we wanted to, but over the last month or so, we’ve been playing pretty good football. We’re moving in the right direction.”
Seattle not only has to play on short rest, but must travel to play the game.
“If you’re going to play on Thursday night,” Arians said, “home is a huge advantage.”
The Cardinals, whose wins have come against teams that are a combined 5-21, will need all the advantages they can muster.
Eddie Lacy (groin) and defensive end Marcus Smith (concussion) are out, and safety Earl Thomas (heel) is listed as doubtful.