Seattle (7-4) earned a crucial victory over the NFC leading Arizona Cardinals (9-2) at Century Link Field in Seattle, Wash. The defense not only contained Arizona’s rushing attack, it also kept constant pressure on quarterback Drew Stanton.
The defense did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage, while constantly disrupting the Cardinals offensive play. Seattle’s defensive line used sacks and tackles for loss to keep Arizona in the third and long situations. Stanton was sacked three times, as the Hawks keep dialing up pressure.
It was one of the best performances that the defense has put together so far this season.
Offensively, the play calling of offensive coordinator Derrell Bevell continues to leave a lot to be desired. As the first half saw the Seahawks offense run several screen plays, and a questionable option call. None of these plays worked against the athletic, and speedy Arizona defense.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was unable to stay on his feet, thanks to the Cardinals pass rush. It took until the second half, for Bevell to alter his play calling to adapt to the defense. But the Seahawks still manage to build a 9-3 halftime lead.
Once the second half started, the Seattle offensive attack reverted back to its base offensive attack of running the ball. Wilson was the big reason for the Hawks offensive success, because of he took the team on his back and used his legs to keep the offense on the field.
While the offense was figuring out its issues, the defense continued to dominate the Cardinals offense. Arizona didn’t score at all in the second half.
Seattle put the game away with 52 seconds left in the third quarter when Wilson found tightend Cooper Helfet for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Helfet had to jump over a defender and reach across the goal line to score. It was also the last score of the game.
The win keeps Seattle in the wildcard, and NFC West race. It was also a statement game for a defense that’s struggled to stop balanced offensive attacks. Seattle’s next game in San Francisco on November 27th at 8:30 pm.