The Seattle Seahawks and their 12th man hit the road last night for a Thursday night contest that matched them up against the so-so Cardinals. With plenty of the seats in University of Phoenix Stadium filled up by 12’s, the Seahawks impressed all in attendance by relatively cruising to a 34-22 victory over their NFC West foes.
While mistakes were made on both sides of the ball, there was still plenty to love in terms of Seattle’s play against the Cardinals.
Russell Wilson was brilliant through the air, the defensive line got after the quarterback, and the Legion of Boom was once again in full effect, intercepting two Carson Palmer passes.
Here are this week’s game balls.
I mean, c’mon, this was a given, even with his three fumbles (one recovered, two lost — those were more a consequence of poor offensive line play).
Last night Russell Wilson really looked like a quarterback who could lead his team to an NFC West Title and NFC Championship. He’s had his ups-and-downs in 2013, but he really looked spot on against the Cardinals, especially through the air.
On Seattle’s first drive Wilson completed a brilliant touchdown pass to Sidney Rice off his back foot and scrambling, a play that is really a testament to his strong arm and ability to throw on the move. He finished the game with 235 yards through the air and three touchdowns with no interceptions while completing 18-of-29.
A player who has gone relatively unheralded over his career in Seattle and is finally beginning to get a ton of playing time and starts (he has made five starts this year, surpassing his combined total from 2012 and 2013 by two games) and is clearly making a difference on the field as well.
Needing a breakout game to really show the nation what kind of player he could be, Malcolm Smith accumulated nine tackles (seven solo), one sack, two tackles for loss, and one pass deflection.
He was all over the field and played a crucial role in holding back Arizona’s offense from getting into the end zone.
Look for him to continue to emerge as a great option at linebacker.
— Q Smith™ (@NWSBQ) October 18, 2013
Automatic Steven Hauschka was once again, well, automatic. He’s converted 16-of-17 field goal attempts this year and crushed a 51-yard attempt last night that really gave the Seahawks some extra room heading into halftime.
Had Golden Tate managed to not have that punt return called back, he’d be in this position.
Next up for the Seahawks will be a date against the Rams in about a week and a half when they travel to St. Louis for the first of their two Monday Night Football games this season. Look for Seattle to head into that game well-rested in an attempt to create an even wider gap in the NFC West.