Seahawks shake off mistakes, knock off Cardinals, 34-22

Staff writerOctober 17, 2013 

— Whipped to the ground over and over, Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer spent most of Week 7 of his 11th season on his rear.

The Seahawks sacked the veteran seven times, crunching him with defensive tackles, ends and linebackers. Eight different players worked on their post-sack celebrations at Palmer’s expense Thursday night in Seattle’s 34-22 victory.

Linebacker Bruce Irvin chatted him up.

“I said, man, you’re going to be sore,” Irvin said. “He told me he’s used to it.”

The Seahawks dominating games on defense continued a norm, too.

After a quick start, Seattle pushed ahead 31-13 and held on Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Seahawks moved to 6-1 for the first time in franchise history in a place they had won just once during the past seven tries.

They have already matched last season’s total of regular-season road wins with three.

“We’re still not playing as clean as we want,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We still have not had the across-the-board clean game we’re looking for. It feels like we’re still growing.

“We have enough firepower in a lot of areas to overcome the things that are going in the wrong direction.”

Much of the arsenal remains on the defense.

Cornerback Brandon Browner bounced back a week after being benched and had an interception he returned to the Arizona 1-yard line. Safety Earl Thomas took advantage of yet another tipped pass, that Browner broke up, for an interception of his own, his fourth of the season.

The Cardinals averaged just 1.7 yards per rush. A 6-foot man falling forward would have been more effective.

“Whole lot of hungry dudes,” Irvin said of the defense. “Bunch of crazed dogs, man.”

The defense again compensated for an overall game without rhythm.

Russell Wilson fumbled twice when he was sacked from the back. Arizona converted one of his fumbles into a one-play drive when it scored from the 3, cutting the Seahawks’ lead to 14-10 just before halftime.

The Seahawks were stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Arizona 43 early in the second quarter. The Cardinals picked up three points afterward, though they went only 26 yards on 10 plays.

The Seahawks also had 10 penalties.

“We have enough playmakers on this team that we can overcome all of that,” wide receiver Golden Tate said. “Once we eliminate all that? Watch out We’re going to be very, very dangerous.”

Wilson was effective through the air, throwing for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 18-for-29 passing.

He also amazed at times. His conversion of a third-and-3 at the Arizona 48 with Arizona linebacker Daryl Washington around his feet and knocking him down, was memorable.

“It was a huge play,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said.

Marshawn Lynch ran 21 times for 91 yards and a score.

Wide receivers Sidney Rice and Tate had strong performances. Rice, who has been quiet this season, caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Tate led the Seahawks with 77 receiving yards. Tight end Zach Miller led the team with five catches.

The Seahawks put the game away in the third quarter when tight end Kellen Davis caught a 1-yard touchdown and Lynch ran in from 2 yards out. The Seahawks were up by 18 points when Lynch handed the ball to the referee with 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

A dominant first half resulted in a small halftime lead for the Seahawks.

Seattle outgained Arizona 210-69 but led only 17-10. Miller, back from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss two weeks, caught a 15-yard touchdown pass with 13:25 remaining in the second quarter to put the Seahawks up 14-0 and make the game appear to be on its way to an obvious conclusion.

The stuffed fourth down and Wilson’s fumble changed things during another week when the Seahawks started beating themselves.

Eventually, they grappled back control of the game in the second half behind the defense.

“It’s been going that way for a couple weeks now,” Carroll said. “We expect our guys to play like that.”

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