Seahawks finish 'spirited' week of practice, brace for Cardinals

Seahawks finish 'spirited' week of practice, brace for Cardinals
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gestures while leaving the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 23-0. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

SEATTLE -- The separation is in the preparation. That's one of Russell Wilson's favorite quotes. We hear him say it every single week.

But the fact of the matter is, Wilson wouldn't say it all the time if he didn't firmly believe it to be true.

While football games are officially won on Sundays (or the occasional Thursday or Monday), many people would argue matchups are actually won or lost during the week. The belief is that the harder you prepare at practice, the better you play on the weekend.

The Seahawks wrapped up their workouts at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Friday, and head coach Pete Carroll said he liked what he saw from his team as they brace for the Cardinals this weekend.

"Everything went good," said Carroll. "We had a spirited week. Everybody understands the build up of the end of the season. We'd like to really play well as we finish the fourth quarter of the year. This game is an enormous opportunity to do that."

There are several enormous opportunities for the Seahawks on Sunday. With a win against Arizona, Seattle wins the NFC West title, they earn the top seed in the conference, and they clinch a first round bye and home-field advantage during the playoffs.

"It's great to come home," Carroll said. "We have a chance to be at home for awhile if we can do this right, and we want to maximize that opportunity. It's a big deal."

It's a really big deal, actually. If the Seahawks clinch home-field advantage, they wouldn't play away from Seattle again until the Super Bowl on February 2nd. The Seahawks are currently riding a franchise record 14-game winning streak at CenturyLink Field.

Kickoff between Seattle (12-2) and Arizona (9-5) is slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Seahawks are pegged as a 10.5-point favorite. Seattle won the first matchup between the two teams 34-22 on October 17th.