Kingsbury looks to snap Cardinals' 4-game home losing streak vs. Seahawks before playoffs

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The Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium must have something in the air that Kyler Murray and the Cardinals innately connect to perform so well like they did in their 25-22 win there Sunday.

But why can't they find that same good juju on their own turf in Glendale?

The Cardinals (11-5) are on a four-game losing streak at home dating back to their Thursday Night Football loss to the Green Bay Packers (13-3) on Oct. 28.

But in Dallas, Arizona improved its all-time record at that venue to 3-0, and Kyler Murray is now to 9-0 there through his high school, college and NFL careers.

They held the Cowboys, who entered Sunday's game as the league's top scoring offense and total offense, to a season-low 2.6 rushing yards per attempt and just seven points through the first three quarters. The Cardinals never trailed Dallas in their win.

Murray explained his motivation to remain victorious playing in his Dallas-Fort Worth hometown area.

"Coming home, me personally, I can’t lose coming home. That’s the mentality," Murray said during the postgame. "That’s how I feel. It’s not just about the mentality. It’s about coming out and executing. I don’t know what it is. It’s a great stadium, the fans, I don’t know what it is. When you come back to Cowboys stadium, it’s a big time game. That’s the feel around it. The guys, I’m glad they had my back today."

That's the stonewall mentality the Red Sea faithful needs to see the Cardinals apply to playing in their own backyard, especially from the team's centerpiece.

The Cardinals' 7-0 start and 8-1 road record has padded them being an underwhelming 3-4 at home this season. Their first home win came from their only stroke of good luck there this season when Minnesota Vikings kicker Greg Joseph's 37-yard field goal attempt went wide right as time expired to hand Arizona.

Arizona hasn't controlled the many of their home game's momentum and dominated the other team like in their road wins. The Cardinal led their opponent in at halftime by about eight points in their three home wins, and trailed by nearly 11 in three of their four home losses (they were tied with the Los Angeles Rams at the intermission on Dec. 13).

In six of their eight away games, they've led by about 11 points at halftime. That excludes their loss to the Detroit Lions on Dec. 19, and when they trailed the Jacksonville Jaguars by six before they came back to beat them, 31-19, on Sept. 26.

If the Cardinals want to finish strong and win the NFC West title over the Rams, they will need to finish strong in their final regular season game hosting the Seattle Seahawks (6-10) on Sunday.

The Seahawks are out of playoff contention, but have won three of their past five games since Dec. 5.

They scored 51 points in their rout of the Lions on Sunday, the league's worst team which the Cardinals were unexpectedly blown out by to blemish their road record.

Kingsbury knows the Seahawks, led by Russell Wilson, aren't playing like the same team since before the Cardinals beat them 23-13 in Seattle on Nov. 21, and the Seahawks were 3-7 after that game.

Maintaining the Cardinals' oft-said "1-0 mentality," Kingsbury told reporters Monday he's not worried about winning the NFC West title as much as beating the Seahawks. Also, none of the Cardinals personnel will be simultaneously tracking the Rams-49ers matchup as Arizona plays Seattle.

“Watching the film against Detroit, they were tremendous in all three phases, playing hard, playing to win," Kingsbury said. "You would never guess that they aren’t going to the playoffs, honestly watching that team play. And Russ was getting more comfortable after coming off that injury, played at a really high level. DK (Metcalf) made a bunch of plays.

"I was really impressed by the defense, how they flew around and created turnovers, so it will be a tough team. They’re gonna give us everything they got. We’ll give them everything we got, and every time we’ve played them it’s been a dogfight. I expect nothing less."

And the Cardinals need to show the NFC playoff teams and Red Sea fans they should expect nothing less being a dominant team through solid execution over their NFC West rival Seahawks. Not just relying on good luck.

Conner, Edmonds possibly rested vs. Seahawks

There's a possibility Cardinals starting running backs James Conner and Chase Edmonds might be out for their final regular season home game against Seattle.

Kingsbury said Monday the team personnel will "try to be smart" in how they handle the lingering injuries of Conner and Edmonds prior to the postseason.

The Cardinals clinched their first playoff berth since 2015 after the Rams beat the Vikings on Dec. 26.

"We’ll see how they progress the next couple days. I don’t know how much we’ll use them, but we want to make sure they’re ready for the playoffs," Kingsbury said. "That’s when we’ve been at our best when both guys are healthy and getting to play and taking some snaps off of each other. We’d like to get back to that, so we’ll see how they feel in the next couple days."

Arizona's leader in touchdowns and rushing yards, Conner has been dealing with a heel injury since their loss at Detroit Lions on Dec. 19. Conner was ruled out against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and their home loss to the Indianapolis Colts after being a game-time decision for both games.

Edmonds suffered an ankle injury during the Cardinals' win at 49ers on Nov. 7. After being sidelined early in the first quarter of that game, Edmonds was placed on the Reserve/Injured List on six days later. He missed their following four games before he was activated from the IR on Dec. 18 and returned against the Lions.

Jan 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (2) stiff arms Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (26) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (2) stiff arms Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (26) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonds had a Cardinals team-high 53 rushing yards on 18 carries in their road win at Dallas. Kingsbury in the postgame that Edmonds "got a little banged up," and they didn't want to play him too much, but resorted to do so as the Cowboys were "bringing a bunch of pressures." However, Edmonds "battled through at the end" as he ran the ball in their final drive to milk the clock and seal the victory.

“We just want them healthy. If they’re banged up and can’t play at their best, we want to get them healthy moving forward. But if they can play, they’ll play," Kingsbury said.

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