(SportsNetwork.com) - If the Arizona Cardinals plan on getting involved in the NFC West race, it's imperative they hold serve at University of Phoenix Stadium when the division-leading Seattle Seahawks arrive for "Thursday Night Football."
The rough and tumble West could very well be the NFL's toughest division and is currently the league's only one in which all four teams are at or above .500.
This upcoming stretch could tell the tale of the Cardinals' season. After playing four of their first six on the road, Arizona gets to spend the next month in the desert (three home games and a bye).
The Cards, however, took a step back last week, dropping a 32-20 decision to rival San Francisco in the Bay Area when the 49ers converted four turnovers into 16 points.
Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns -- a 75-yard hookup with Larry Fitzgerald and a 10-yard pass to Michael Floyd -- but threw two interceptions that led to field goals for San Francisco. Andre Ellington added a 15-yard touchdown run in the loss.
"It was tough, man," Cardinals star linebacker Daryl Washington said. "Once you get your back to the wall, you have to toughen it out. I thought we lost our energy that fourth quarter to end the game."
In a scary moment Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter after going head-first into a pile at the end of a run by the 49ers' Frank Gore but was able to move all his extremities.
The 6-foot-8, 300-pounder, who has 31 sacks in six season for the Cardinals, was taken to Stanford hospital where he underwent a CT scan and MRI as a precautionary measure and things came back clean. So much so that Campbell was back at the Cardinals' facility on Monday morning and was able to take part in team meetings. His status for this game is uncertain, however, especially with the quick turnaround.
Seattle, meanwhile, is coming off a hard-fought 20-13 decision over the visiting Tennessee Titans in Week 6. Marshawn Lynch provided the majority of the Seahawks' points in that one with a pair of rushing TDs.
Lynch carried 21 times for 77 yards to help the Seahawks remain unbeaten at home in 11 tilts since Russell Wilson took over as the team's starting quarterback.
"It's nice to learn while you are winning and I think that's where we are," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "That's what we're hoping to continue. I don't know if we'll be able to reach the levels that we saw late last year where we were scoring points at a huge rate (including a 58-0 drubbing of Arizona on Dec. 9). That was an enormous run that we had."
Wilson did not find the end zone against the Titans but carved up Tennessee's defense for 257 yards on 23-of-31 passing and added 61 yards on the ground. Lynch also caught four passes for 78 yards.
"It was a good win," Seattle wide receiver Sidney Rice said. "We worked hard, we believed and kept trying in the end we won."
The Cardinals and Seahawks will be lining up for the 29th time with Arizona holding a slim 15-13 advantage in the series. Dating back to 2004, the Cardinals have won seven of their last nine home games against Seattle.
The Cards and Seahawks have split the season series each of the last two seasons, with Arizona winning both in the desert, where they are 9-4 all-time against the Seahawks.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
This week's game features two of the NFL's premier cornerbacks in Arizona's Patrick Peterson and Seattle's Richard Sherman.