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Arizona’s John Skelton Named Starting Quarterback for Seahawks Game

December 6th, 2012 at 3:20 PM
By Steve Smith

'Too many Cardinal flags!' photo (c) 2009, Michael Wifall - license:

He's back. Again.

John Skelton has been renamed the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals for their game this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Skelton replaces rookie Ryan Lindley, who struggled greatly in his first two NFL starts.

Skelton last started on Nov. 18 in Arizona's 23-19 setback to the Falcons when he was benched for Lindley in the first half. This will be Skelton's third stint as starter this season and with Kevin Kolb expected to return soon, may be his last opportunity to impress.

For the season, Skelton has completed 54.7 percent of his passes. He has thrown for 1058 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. His QB rating is 64.4.

Campbell returning to action?

Defensive end Calais Campbell finally appears ready to return after missing the last three games with a strained calf. The Cardinals have missed Campbell a great deal and his return will help dial up the pass rush on the elusive Russell Wilson, Seattle's impressive young quarterback. Campbell has 3.5 sacks on the season.

All-time series vs. Seattle

The Cardinals lead the all-time series with the Seahawks, 15-12, including a season-opening 20-16 triumph back in September. The Red Birds have won three of the last four in the series.

Did you know?

In Arizona's 7-6 loss to the Jets last Sunday, the Cards managed just five first downs. That dubious distinction ties the franchise record for fewest in a single game. Way back in 1961, the Cardinals had only five first downs against the New York Giants. 





Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Calais Campbell, Football, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, NFL, Russell Wilson, Ryan Lindley

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