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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals fell 32-20 to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, and are hosting the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.The two teams split their season series in 2012, but the most recent matchup saw the Seahawks blow out Arizona 58-0 on Dec. 9, 2012, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, the worst loss in Cardinals’ franchise history. The loss capped the Cards’ nine-game losing streak — one that came after beginning the season with four straight wins. Top Stories The 3-3 Cardinals look much different than last year’s squad, boasting a different starting quarterback, running back and head coach, among other positions. The 5-1 Seahawks appear even stronger than last year’s club that went 11-5 and made it to the NFC Divisional Playoffs.Keys for the Cardinals offense:1. Hold onto the ballIt’s no secret that quarterback Carson Palmer has had trouble with interceptions this season — 11 in six games. Palmer needs to play it carefully with his throws and keep them short most of the time. Going for the long ball may be too risky against Seattle.Also, the backs and the receivers need to hold on to the ball better this week. Larry Fitzgerald and Alfonso Smith both had costly fumbles against San Francisco. The result will be the same if the team can’t take care of the ball against the Seahawks.2. Exploit the Seahawks’ run defenseThe Seahawks defense is stellar overall, but their pass defense is practically impenetrable, giving up the fourth-fewest yards in the league thus far. Arizona has a chance to fare better this week if it commits to the running game. The Cardinals need to throw Seattle different looks in the backfield and utilize Rashard Mendenhall, Smith and rookie Andre Ellington as needed. Keys for Seattle’s defense1. Force Cardinals to passPalmer is prone to interceptions this season, and the Cardinals receivers other than Fitzgerald have been shaky. If Seattle can stunt Arizona’s run game, the Seahawks put themselves in good position to force turnovers and short drives.2. Bait Palmer into throwing deepPalmer will have a hard time throwing deep against Seattle, but cornerback Richard Sherman will tempt the Cardinals signal caller to do so, and Sherman is one of the best at making up ground and picking off passes in those situations. Palmer will likely know not to throw deep, but the defense will try to trick him into doing it a few times in the game.3. Cover for Chris Clemons’s absenceDefensive end Chris Clemons is listed as questionable for the game. Cliff Avril may have to start in his place. Clemons is one of the team’s top pass rushers, so if even if he sits, the line can’t afford for Cardinals to exploit his absence; it will need to keep the pressure on Palmer regardless. 3. Utilize the tight endsArizona’s defense has been atrocious against tight ends this season. The unit gave up an embarrassing number of yards (a career-high 180) to the San Francisco’s Vernon Davis last Sunday. Judging by that pattern, the Seahawks’ Luke Willson may be up next for a breakout game. The team also boasts Arizona State product Zach Miller, who looks to return after sitting out the past two weeks with a hamstring injury.Keys for the Cardinals defense1. Keep Russell Wilson in the pocketQuarterback Russell Wilson excels with making plays on the run, whether with his feet or with a pass. The Cardinals defense needs to focus on keeping him from getting free and burning them with a big play.2. If you can stop a Lynch, you can stop the ballThis one’s easier said than done, but the Cardinals need to keep Lynch in check. It’s a pretty straightforward goal. If they can slow down “Beast Mode” and make Wilson beat them from the pocket, they stand a much stronger chance in Thursday’s game.3. Shut down Seattle’s receiversWith Percy Harvin still on injured reserve, Seattle boasts no elite receivers, and the passing game isn’t the focal point of Pete Carroll’s offense. Jerraud Powers and Patrick Peterson should be ready to take away Wilson’s top receiving options. Another Peterson pick or two this game would go a long way, too. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   3. Get tight ends and Andre Roberts involvedWide receiver Andre Roberts has all but disappeared from the Cardinals passing attack since Week 1, and the team has yet to see a tight end have a big day. Now is the time to throw Seattle off its guard and bring Roberts back into the fold while also looking for Rob Housler and Jim Dray (if he plays) so the Seahawks’ defensive backs don’t double up on Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.Keys for Seattle’s offense:1. Wear down the Cardinals defenseThe Cardinals’ usually promising defense showed signs of weakness in San Francisco due to being on the field too long. San Francisco sealed the game with an 18-play, 89-yard drive that melted 9:32 off the clock.Part of this will hinge on the Seahawks defense, but the team’s offense can do its part to wear out the Cardinals defensive unit but rushing the ball often and putting together long scoring drives.2. Keep feeding the ‘Beast’Running back Marshawn Lynch tore up the Cardinals last season and is off to a solid start this year. There is no reason for the Seahawks to go away from him on Thursday. The Cardinals have given up the eighth-fewest yards on defense this season, but the unit did allow its first 100-yard rusher (San Francisco’s Frank Gore) in its most recent game, and Lynch poses just as big of a threat. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAqua Expeditions will increase its fleet size by 150% and add new geographic locations over the next two years. The investment and growth strategy were announced from the company’s Singapore headquarters by CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro.“I am thrilled that after a decade of changing the face of river cruising on both the Amazon and the Mekong Rivers we will extend our footprint to coastal cruising in additional soft adventure destinations,” Mr Galli Zugaro said. “It is a tribute to the confidence in our brand shown by our guests and travel agency partners that we are able to make this significant move.”The expansion of Aqua Expeditions has been made possible by a US$28 million capital injection by Bison Capital, emphasising the private equity company’s confidence in the vision of Francesco Galli Zugaro who will remain Aqua’s majority shareholder and fully in charge of the company’s destiny and growth. The first details of new vessels and routings will be announced later this month.Since its founding in 2008, Aqua Expeditions has earned a reputation for bringing five-star luxury to river cruising in remote areas, and the identical level of lavishness and adventure will be featured throughout the company’s expanded fleet and routings.“We succeeded in bringing an unprecedented improvement to experiencing both the Peruvian Amazon and the Mekong by introducing intimate and luxurious boats from which travellers take safari-like excursions led by expert guides to discover jungles, wildlife and local cultures,” Galli Zugaro added. “Back on board there is not only a staff-guest ratio of 1:1, but also ground-breaking cuisine overseen by internationally renowned celebrity chefs.”“We are equally excited about this partnership,” Bison Capital partner Doug Trussler said. “We are impressed by the brand and product Francesco has built and have a high degree of confidence in him and his team to deliver on the vision and goals of global expansion while maintaining dedication to quality and innovation.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more