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Seahawks defense comes up huge in 28-21 win over Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

1-0 at Lumen Field!

The Seattle Seahawks (7-3) snapped a two-game losing streak with an absolutely vital 28-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals (6-4). It was the defense that stepped up big with three sacks of Kyler Murray, including the game-ender by Carlos Dunlap. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett both caught touchdowns from Russell Wilson, who had no turnovers.

We are now Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans on Monday, as a win over the Los Angeles Rams would keep Seattle in 1st place in the NFC West.

1st Half

The Seahawks got the ball first and Russell Wilson was sacked on the opening play. Ominous, right? Nope! Seattle had a 12-play, 75-yard drive that featured three third-down conversions. From the 25-yard line, Russell avoided pressure and threw on the run to an open DK Metcalf for the score. 7-0 Seahawks.

Four three-and-outs were exchanged in total between the two teams, although the Seahawks got jobbed on a holding penalty that negated a deep ball to DK Metcalf after he burned Patrick Peterson. Damien Lewis never held here.

This turned into a touchdown essentially. An 8-play, 50-yard drive that saw Kenyan Drake run it in from 2 yards out after it was initially ruled a fumble and Seahawks ball. 7-7.

Back came the Seahawks with a 10-play, 75-yard drive and another touchdown. Carlos Hyde and Bo Scarbrough ripped off quality runs, while Wilson was dealing to Tyler Lockett. His 11-yard teeder put the Seahawks back on top. Jason Myers doinked the PAT. 13-7 Seahawks.

The Cardinals were able to get out of a couple of jams as a result of penalties — 2nd and 16 gain of 18 by Kenyan Drake, 3rd and 8 throw by Murray to Christian Kirk — but they would go no further than just inside of midfield. Quandre Diggs jarred a completion out of Dan Arnold’s hands and that helped force a punt.

In the two-minute drill, the Seahawks were backed up inside their own 10 thanks to false start penalties. Wilson was able to lead a successful drive that was heavily aided by a pass interference penalty on Patrick Peterson inside Arizona’s 10. Metcalf had a touchdown hit him in the face and bounce off his chest, so Jason Myers came in for the field goal. 16-7 Seahawks.

2nd Half

Penalties told the tale of the Seahawks’ first defensive possession. A 3rd down stop was negated by a needless Quandre Diggs late hit on DeAndre Hopkins. Bobby Wagner was penalized for a horse collar tackle on Chase Edmonds to put the Cardinals at the Seattle 15. Dan Arnold beat DJ Reed for a 4-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 16-14 Seahawks.

You thought Diggs’ penalty was bad? Dre Kirkpatrick taunted DK Metcalf and threw (and missed) a punch after a 3rd and 7 stop. 15-yard penalty and a new set of downs for the Seahawks, and Carlos Hyde punched it in two plays later. 23-14 Seahawks.

Arizona was pinned at its 10 thanks to a great kick return stop by Ryan Neal on Chase Edmonds. This is the Seahawks defense so of course they gave up all of those yards and the Cardinals got inside the 5. Chase Edmonds was wide open for a 3rd and goal touchdown to start the 4th quarter. 23-21 Seahawks.

An illegal shift penalty essentially ended the Seahawks’ ensuing drive, leaving the defense to be trusted to get a stop and preserve the lead. Jamal Adams forced Kyler Murray into an intentional grounding penalty. The next snap saw holding in the end zone by former Seahawk JR Sweezy for the safety. 25-21 Seahawks.

DJ Reed had a good safety kick return to his own 40, giving the Seahawks their best field position of the night. The running game continued to find success against the Cardinals’ undermanned defensive front. Russell Wilson hit a key 3rd down conversion to Tyler Lockett to extend the drive and get into FG range. Disaster nearly struck when a pitch to Carlos Hyde was bobbled, fumbled, and he recovered it but not before losing nine yards. Welcome to 3rd and 17 with 2:31 to go. Wilson threw the ball away and there was no roughing the passer somehow when he got hit in the head. Jason Myers... MONEY! 28-21 Seahawks with 2:19 left.

Murray had about 80 yards to go and two timeouts plus the two-minute warning. First down to Fitzgerald on a 2nd and short got Arizona to their own 33 with 1:56 left. Quick screen to Andy Isabella gained about six yards. Catch made by Christian Kirk at the Seahawks’ 49. Low throw to Hopkins skips incomplete. Screen to Fitzgerald and a first down to the Seattle 38. Running play to Edmonds to the 27. One minute left. Murray throws it away with :50 to go. End zone throw by Murray is broken up! Diggs nearly picked it off but he collided with Fitzgerald. 3rd and 10 and Arizona calls timeout because they nearly committed delay of game. Take two... Seattle timeout. End zone throw to Isabella is broken up again! This time Diggs and DJ Reed. Here’s the game on 4th and 10... SACK! DUNLAP!!! 28-21 Seahawks.

Seahawks injury report

TE Greg Olsen suffered a non-contact foot injury and was carted to the locker room. He did not return.

RT Brandon Shell suffered an ankle injury in the 4th quarter and was replaced by Cedric Ogbuehi.

DL Poona Ford limped off with an undisclosed injury in the 2nd quarter. He did return to the game.

RB Bo Scarbrough grabbed his hamstring and left the field in the 4th quarter.

Next week’s opponent

A Monday Night Football game on November 30th against the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles (3-5-1). Kickoff time is 5:15 PM PT on ESPN.