The Seahawks rolled to a 34-22 win against Arizona to improve to 6-1 for the first time in team history. Here are some quick reactions to the game:
What happened: Domination, that’s what happened – for most of the night. Not to overstate Seattle’s win too much, but the Seahawks clearly looked like one of the best teams in the NFL on Thursday night. The defense once again shut down an opposing offense, Russell Wilson had some perfectly placed throws (touchdowns to Zach Miller and Sidney Rice come to mind) and the running game was effective. For much of the night it looked like the way Seattle would want to draw it up. The only problems? Seattle had a couple of costly mistakes that made the score much closer than it ever should have been.
The good: The Seattle defense has really come into its own after the Indianapolis game. Against Tennessee, the defense allowed just six points (the other seven came on the blocked field goal) and allowed Tennessee into the red zone just once in the game, in the fourth quarter. Against Arizona on a short turnaround, the defense gave up just three points in the first half (the Cardinals scored their touchdown on a 3-yard run after Wilson’s fumble). The defense also held Arizona to a field goal in the fourth quarter after another Wilson fumble gave Arizona the ball in the red zone. Seattle’s defense might be playing even better than what many expected coming into the season. The only time Arizona got in the red zone before late in the fourth quarter came directly from Seattle turnovers.
The bad: The proverbial “shooting themselves in the foot” popped up again. The Seahawks dominated Arizona in just about every way in the first half, but the score didn’t reflect that because Seattle once again had costly mistakes. Russell Wilson, normally one to avoid the killer mistake, fumbled at his own 3 to set up an Arizona touchdown. And Golden Tate had a punt return for a touchdown wiped out by an unnecessary block in the back penalty. Those mistakes made this one much closer than it should have been and have been a recurring problem (although not a severely costly one in the win-loss columns) for the Seahawks through seven games. Wilson fumbled three times when he got hit and he lost two of those deep in Seattle territory. That can’t happen.
Players of the game: Well, technically this isn’t who had the best game. But I wanted to point out that two guys who were talked about quite a bit for the way they had played so far this season – CB Brandon Browner and WR Sidney Rice – had solid games. Browner had his first interception of the game and also batted a ball into the air that set up an interception for Earl Thomas (Browner, though, was slightly beat on the Thomas interception). He also broke up another pass with a nice play. Rice had just 12 catches for 181 yards with five of those catches and 79 of those yards coming against Jacksonville. Rice burned Arizona’s secondary for a deep touchdown in the first half and hauled in a tough catch on the sideline in which he barely got both of his hands underneath a throw on third and long.