Seahawks lose big in 22-16 victory over Cardinals
Seattle earned a 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals out in the desert in a game that was once again marred by penalties and injuries.
Most notably, the Seahawks (6-3) suffered a pretty server loss of personal when star cornerback Richard Sherman went down with an Achilles injury late in the third quarter and is expected to miss the remainder of the season as a result.
Seattle lost starting left tackle Duane Brown to an ankle injury and running back C.J. Prosise left the game with an ankle as well. Brown though is expected to be ready for action against Atlanta next Monday night.
The Seahawks committed 12 penalties for 108 total yards in the game.
Russell Wilson was his fine self completing 22 of 32 passes for 238 yards with the two scores but was sacked 5 times by the Arizona defense.
The Seattle defense forced a safety when they stuffed newly acquired running back Adrian Peterson in the end zone in the second quarter making the score 9-7.
Peterson also fumbled the ball on the Cardinals opening possession when he was basted by Seahawks safety and big-time hitter Kam Chancellor early in the first quarter.
Seattle held the Cardinals to 29 rushing yards in the game on a combined 34 carries, 29 by Peterson for a 1.4 yard-per-carry average.
The Seahawks are now 4-0-1 when facing the Cardinals in Arizona when coached by Bruce Arians.
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Got to go with the much maligned tight end Jimmy Graham who ended up catching two Russell Wilson TD passes. His first was a 6-yard grab to open the scoring in the first quarter that capped a 9-play drive. His second was a short 2-yard grab to open the fourth quarter and gave Seattle a 22-10 lead.
Say what you want, but after a slow start Graham has now caught TD passes in 4 out of the last 5 games and now has 6 total TDs on the year with two multi-TD games in his last three performances.
Sooo this is the player everyone expected to get when Seattle traded away veteran center Max Unger a few seasons ago. Ok, keep it going young man.
The Seahawks get some extra days to rest as they next play again on Monday Night Football when they face the 4-4 Atlanta Falcons at home in CenturyLink Field on November 20th. The Falcons as you may recall is the team that knocked Seattle out of the playoffs last year with their 36-20 victory in the NFC divisional round.
Atlanta is now 1-4 in their last five games and coming off a loss to the Panthers.