Seahawks Snap 2-Game Skid, Defeat Cardinals

by Kevin Nesgoda

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks high flying offense has been trending down over the last few weeks. However, tonight against the Arizona Cardinals, they snapped a two-game skid with an improved defense, improved running game, and fewer mental mistakes by Wilson.

The Wilson-Metcalf connection was re-established tonight when the Seahawks were able to march the ball down the field on their opening drive. Wilson was able to find D.K. in the endzone for a 25-yard touchdown pass.

Kyler Murray and the Cardinals were able to answer by marching back the other way on a 2:50, 50-yard scoring drive.

The Seahawks scored once again on the second quarter’s opening drive with a Wilson-Lockett touchdown connection, aided by 10-plus yard runs by Bo Scarbrough and Carlos Hyde, who combined for 110 rushing yards.

It was great to see the return of the ground game. Russell isn’t himself without the ability to rely on a solid and established running back. He showed poise and confidence in the pocket. With the run game, Russell set up more play-action passes, targeting eight different receivers for 197 yards.

The Cardinals tallied 115 penalty yards this game, which made it tough on third down. The imaginary 12’s were able to cause four false starts, somehow.

The Seattle defense came out looking like a different team in the first half of the game. They sacked the elusive Murray three times, plus stymied Arizona’s running game, with four tackles for a loss. The defense was also able to draw a holding penalty on JR Sweezy in the end zone for a safety. Carlos Dunlap, who the Seahawks picked up from the Bengals, was able to get to Murray twice–including the sack to end the game.

There are still concerns about the Seahawks’ secondary that must get addressed if they have any hopes for a successful post-season, especially if a Green Bay matchup comes into the picture.

With Russell gaining confidence in his game once again, this took less pressure off a shaky defense. Russell has now surpassed Peyton Manning for the most wins in his first nine seasons.

The Seahawks now face off against two battered NFC East teams starting with Philadelphia in Week 12 and the Giants in Week 13. In Week 14, they take on the Jets before heading to Washington in Week 15. This schedule should give the Seahawks the reigns of control in the NFC West.

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