From the moment the Seahawks scored their first touchdown you could tell they had the game in their pocket. Aside from a slightly sloppy second quarter Seattle dominated the Cardinals in Arizona on Thursday and showed exactly why they are considered one of the best teams in the NFL. With the 34-22 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium the Seahawks improved to 6-1 for the first time in team history. The Cardinals fell to 3-4 dropping to last place in the NFC West after the first NFL game of Week 7. For the first time this season the Hawks put together a complete game. Their defense was suffocating. Their offense was clicking. Special teams didn’t make any huge mistakes. The only real blemishes were three fumbles by quarterback Russell Wilson two of which he lost and a continuing issue with penalties. Despite those three mistakes all coming on hard hits from behind Wilson put on a football clinic. With three touchdown passes among his collection of gorgeous throws the second-year passer showed up veteran QB Carson Palmer who was running around all evening thanks to Arizona’s overmatched offensive line. Seattle brought pressure all day. For a team that doesn’t blitz a ton the Seahawks had guys in the backfield on what seemed like every play finishing the contest with seven sacks. Defensive ends Michael Bennett Cliff Avril Chris Clemons and Red Bryant each stuffed Palmer as did linebackers K.J. Wright and Malcolm Smith and defensive tackles Tony McDaniel and Clinton McDonald. Defensive backs Earl Thomas and Brandon Browner each snagged an interception and Richard Sherman dropped a couple of would-be picks. The Legion of Boom held star Cards receiver Larry Fitzgerald to just two catches for 17 yards — 2 fewer yards than even cornerback Patrick Peterson who had one catch while playing on offense. Seattle limited Arizona running back Rashard Mendenhall to a measly 22 yards on 13 carries. By the end of the third period the Cardinals had just broken 100 total yards. Arizona didn’t score an offensive touchdown until 4:34 remaining in the game. In other words it was a downright dominant performance by the vaunted Seahawks D.
Seahawks shut down Cardinals in 34-22 victory
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Oct 18