For once, a trip to Glendale for the Seattle Seahawks (3-1) didn’t end in something chaotic and/or season-changing.
Russell Wilson went 22/28 for 240 yards and a touchdown pass, Chris Carson rushed for over 100 yards and did not fumble on any of his 26 touches, Will Dissly got his fourth touchdown of the season, and Jadeveon Clowney had a pick-six to help Seattle coast past the Arizona Cardinals (0-3-1) by a score of 27-10. Seattle’s unbeaten run at State Farm Stadium extends to seven straight years, and most importantly they came away injury-free (at least to our knowledge).
The defense held firm and kept Kyler Murray and Arizona out of the end zone until the 4th quarter, while the offense did its job well enough to take care of a very bad team.
The Cardinals got the ball first and moved the ball effectively down the field. An outstanding pass break-up by Shaquill Griffin on 3rd down forced Arizona into a 43-yard field goal, which Zane Gonzalez missed wide right. Seattle responded with a 10-play drive that stalled in the red zone, but Jason Myers made his field goal. 3-0 Seahawks.
Two plays later, the Seahawks would be in the end zone through their big defensive acquisition. Jadeveon Clowney picked off a Kyler Murray screen pass and raced past JR Sweezy for the touchdown. 10-0 Seahawks.
Arizona responded with an 11-play, 60-yard drive that included a big play to David Johnson on a middle screen. The defense held firm in the red zone and Zane Gonzalez eked out a 33-yard field goal to put the Cardinals on the board. 10-3 Seahawks.
Brian Schottenheimer dialed up an aerial assault on Arizona’s porous secondary, as Russell Wilson went 4/5 for 76 yards and a touchdown to Will Dissly, who now has four scores on the year. 17-3 Seahawks.
Sloppy Seahawks tackling led to a chunk play for David Johnson again, as he caught Kyler Murray’s sidearm throw for a 31-yard gain. Murray scrambled for another first down, but he was sacked by Rasheem Green on the next play and the drive stalled in field goal range. Zane Gonzalez missed wide right from 48 yards, his second failure of the day.
The Seahawks had a fairly successful two-minute drill, mixing up the pass with Chris Carson runs to get down close to the goal-line. Unfortunately, D.K. Metcalf didn’t haul in a jump ball touchdown, and Wilson was lucky not to be picked by rookie Byron Murphy on 3rd and goal. Jason Myers knocked in the chippy to cap off a dominant half. 20-3 Seahawks.
The third quarter was a series of punts for both teams, with the Seahawks moving the ball well but stalling and taking sacks. In some respects, the game became a bit dull with Seattle comfortably ahead but not improving on their lead. Arizona would score early in the 4th quarter on a Kyler Murray designed run, as an 8-play, 80-yard drive featured a few Seahawks penalties that helped Arizona advance down the field. 20-10 Seahawks.
If you had any worries that the Seahawks would blow this game, a clock-consuming 15-play, 75-yard drive that featured some smashmouth running from Chris Carson and timely throws from Russell Wilson. After Carson had a TD run called back for holding, it would eventually be C.J. Prosise getting into the end zone from nine yards out. 27-10 Seahawks.
Larry Fitzgerald moved into 2nd place all-time on the career receptions list on the game’s final drive. Arizona would not score. Game over.
Seahawks injury report
NONE. Chris Carson and Shaquill Griffin both got dinged up but returned later in the game.
Next week’s opponent
It’s a short week for the Seahawks, as they return home for a Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Rams (3-1) on October 3rd at 5:20 PM PT on FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime.