The Seattle Seahawks won the division duel against the Arizona Cardinals with 28:21 and thus placed themselves at the top of the NFC West. The guests still had a chance of victory in the last minute of the game, but the Seahawks’ recently scolded defense retained the upper hand at the crucial moment.
For the second week in a row, the Cardinals offense had the chance to turn a deficit in the last seconds of the game – how could it be any different against the Seahawks, whose games regularly end in crime novels? Tonight, however, Kyler Murray (29/42, 269 YDS, 2 TD, 5 ATT, 15 YDS) and Co. was lucky.
At 21:28, the Cardinals had marched to the Seahawks’ 27-yard line one minute before the end, but could not complete the drive successfully: After an incompletion by Murray on Christian Kirk (4 REC, 50 YDS) attacked the quarterback twice aggressively entered the end zone, once on Larry Fitzgerald (8 REC, 62 YDS), once on Andy Isabella (REC, 6 YDS), but both passes were well defended, both times Quandre Diggs was on hand as safety, star receiver DeAndre Hopkins (5 REC, 51 YDS) did not get a single target in this sequence. In the decisive Fouth Down, Carlos Dunlap beat Kelvin Beachum and brought Kyler Murray down in the pocket. The sack won the game for Seattle.
The hosts immediately took a 7-0 lead on their first drive: On the opening 75-yard drive, the Seahawks managed a new first down on three third downs, with a 25-yard pass Russell Wilson (23 / 28, 197 YDS, 2 TD, 10 ATT, 42 YDS) finally DK Metcalf (3 REC, 46 YDS, TD) in the end zone. Afterwards, however, the offensive spectacle expected by many did not materialize.
In fact, the Cardinals, which initially had nothing to do with offensively, started the game with two three-and-outs, while the Seahawks also punted twice after only three plays without much gain in space. During the subsequent drive, Murray found Maxx Williams (2 REC, 29 YDS) with a remarkable pass under pressure, Kenyan Drake (11 ATT, 29 YDS, TD, 4 REC, 31 YDS) made the 7th with a short touchdown run: 7 compensation.
The Seahawks hit back with a 75-yard drive, however, and Wilson threw his second touchdown pass, this time to Tyler Lockett (9 REC, 67 YDS, TD). Shortly thereafter, Jason Myers (2/2 FG, 2/3 XP), who had missed the extra point after Lockett’s touchdown, also scored a field goal at 16: 7 half-time.
NFL: Arizona Cardinals allow costly safety
In the second half the Offenses presented themselves better: The Cardinals marched 81 and 90 yards down the field, Dan Arnold (REC, 4 YDS, TD) and Chase Edmonds (2 ATT, 13 YDS, 4 REC, 36 YDS, TD) caught short touchdown passes from Murray in the end zone, the Seahawks in turn scored their third touchdown of the game with a run by Carlos Hyde (14 ATT, 79 YDS, TD, 2 REC, 16 YDS). At 21:23 the Cardinals would have had the chance to take the lead after a Seahawks punt, but they made serious mistakes.
Murray had to take a penalty for deliberate groundings shortly before his own end zone, a JR Sweezy holding in the end zone ensured a safety during the subsequent play. The Seahawks then took almost seven minutes from the clock and extended the lead to 28:21 with a field goal.
With more than two minutes left and two timeouts, the Cardinals still had the chance to equalize or – with a successful two-point conversion – even to take the lead on the final drive. Dunlap’s sack against Murray dashed those hopes.
The Seahawks take the lead in NFC West with the win, but the Los Angeles Rams could catch up with a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday night. The Cardinals are slightly behind and are now one game behind the Hawks, who are at the top of the division. Seattle will face the Philadelphia Eagles next week, the Cardinals have to face the Patriots in New England.
Seattle Seahawks (7-3) – Arizona Cardinals (6-4)
Result: 28:21 (7: 0, 9: 7, 7: 7, 5: 7) BOXSCORE
Seahawks vs. Cardinals – the most important statistics
- The Seahawks had won 60 of 61 games in the recent past if they led to the break with at least four points. That streak continued tonight, with Seattle taking its 61st win in its 62nd game.
- Chase Edmonds was completely free, loud on his touchdown catch Next Gen Stats the nearest opponent was 12 yards away at the moment of the catch. This season, only one player had more space in a touchdown catch: Calvin Ridley’s closest opponent was 15.8 yards away by a score – also in a game against the Seahawks.
- DK Metcalf’s touchdown at the start of the game was already his fifth touchdown this season over 25 yards or more. No player has so many long touchdown catches this season.
The star of the game: The Seahawks’ rushing offense
Much had been said before the game about the offensive playcalling of the Seahawks, Pete Carroll had indicated during the week that he wanted to see more runs in the offense again. They were actually very successful against the Cardinals: Carlos Hyde, Bo Scarbrough and DeeJay Dallas all booked more than five yards per carry against Arizona’s decimated defensive line, with the three running backs averaging 5.9 yards per run – an excellent figure which noticeably took pressure off Russell Wilson’s shoulders.
The flop of the game: The Cardinals offensive line
Not a good evening for the O-Line of the guests. Justin Pugh and DJ Humphries both received two penalties each, JR Sweezy caused a safety by holding in the end zone. In addition, the unit rarely really made room in run-blocking and at the end of the game also wobbled noticeably in pass protection: Murray had to take a hard hit on the penultimate pass of the game, and on the decisive fourth down, Kelvin left Beachum against a three -Man-Rush then immediately shut the sack through Carlos Dunlap.
Analyse: Seahawks vs. Cardinals – die Taktiktafel
- The Cardinals presented difficult to read formations with six or even seven rushers directly on the line of scrimmage on third downs. At first, the guests always let several players fall into coverage from these looks and only brought pressure with four men, but with a third-and-two, defensive coordinator Vance Joseph actually flashed in the first half, the play resulted in a sack from Russell Wilson.
- The Seahawks, on the other hand, hardly had any quick pass concepts in their offense in the first half. Wilson kept looking for the deep ball at Metcalf or Lockett with his eyes and hardly threw short in comparison. Both touchdown throws in the first half came about, but Wilson also had to put in several sacks or start scrambles.
- The Cardinals defended Metcalf Outside with Patrick Peterson, who should take over the receiver in one-on-one. The better end, however, mostly got Metcalf, who among other things drew a long pass interference penalty and sent Peterson into the void with one spin. The cornerback was lucky that Metcalf dropped two more potential big plays.
- At a third-and-four at the 45-yard line, the Cardinals fired eight rushers six minutes from time in a desperate attempt to stop the Seahawks’ drive, and coverage of Metcalf in the slot took the deep Safety, who was posted about 20 yards away. Wilson did not fully recognize the situation, but found Lockett in a one-on-one situation on the left sideline, the catch led to a new first down for the hosts.