There are always things you can pick apart in an NFL game. But looked at objectively, this was an overall positive night for the Seahawks as they move to 6-1 for the first time in franchise history in a game in which they pretty much dominated.
Seattle outgained Arizona 344-234, and 135-30 on the ground. They also improved their recently troublesome third down numbers, hitting on 7-12, and also were 3-4 in the red zone (and they also forced two critical turnovers that led to 14 points, including the interception by Earl Thomas, shown above in a John Lok photo).
Most tellingly, Arizona didn’t have a drive longer than 27 yards until it was 31-16 and the Seahawks went into a prevent defense. A lot of people thought this would be a tough game for the Seahawks. But it really wasn’t other than what they did to themselves. That’s frustrating, sure, but it’s also fixable. The broader takeaway is that the Seahawks are good enough to win going away on the road even when they fumble twice inside their own 15-yard-line.
Now for some rest — Seattle won’t practice again until Tuesday as they don’t play again until Oct. 28 at St. Louis.
Now, also, for some links. …
— Here’s my game story;
— Here’s the notebook with a lead item on Percy Harvin and other stuff;
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer says the Seahawks are good and getting better;
— Adam Jude writes about the night of redemption for Sidney Rice and Brandon Browner;
— Here’s our CineSport post-game video;
— Seahawks.com says the defense was aggressive and opportunistic;
— Seahawks.com also has this overview of the game;
— Seahawks.com also offers a Game at a Glance;
— Here’s the NFL.com highlights package;
— ESPN.com says Russell Wilson is what makes the Seahawks special;
— ESPN’s stats to know points out that Seattle got six of its seven sacks with just four pass rushers;
— ESPN also offers some Rapid Reaction;
— This ESPN Video breaks down the win;
— The Associated Press offers five things to know about the game;
— CBSSports.com gives the Seahawks a B-plus for the game;
— The Arizona Republic writes that it was another slow start for the Cardinals;
— The Republic also says Arizona’s offense simply isn’t working;
— The Republic’s Bob McManaman says the Seahawks are the best team in the NFC;
— The Cardinals’ web site says the team was frustrated all night by the Seahawks;
— And remember now that the Seahawks can just sit back and rest while their next opponent, the Rams, get ready to play Carolina Sunday;