In what was a sloppy Thursday Night Football game, the Seahawks overcame injuries and penalties to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 22-16. The victory puts Seattle at 6-3 after a miserable loss to the Washington Redskins just four days ago.
The Cardinals (4-5), who are without Carson Palmer and David Johnson, were trying to beat the Seattle defense by running the ball, but were unable to get anything going on the ground. Arizona ran the ball 24 times and were only able to gain 34 yards against a Seattle defense that was flying around the field. Bobby Wagner continued to play like a Defensive Player of the Year candidate with 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss.
The lack of a run game for the Cardinals put the ball in Drew Stanton’s hands more often than they wanted. He struggled to find open receivers, as he completed 24 of his 247 attempted passes for 273 yards and a touchdown.
Jimmy Graham continued to play very well, catching six passes for 27 yards and two touchdowns. Graham now has six touchdowns in his last five games. Although he is not getting as many receiving yards that would be expected, Graham has been able to use his size in the redzone to score touchdowns for Seattle.
Russell Wilson had a strong game against the Cardinals after having one of his worst performances of the season against Washington. Wilson completed 22 of his 32 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 20 rushing yards on four carries.
Seattle’s long battle of trying to get the run game going this season proved futile once again, as they were unable to have a runner run for over 50 yards. Thomas Rawls was the leading rusher, running for 27 yards on 10 carries.
The play of the game came in the third quarter when Wilson was forced to scramble around the backfield avoiding multiple Arizona defenders, before throwing a bail me out pass towards the sideline to Doug Baldwin, who caught the pass, and run the ball down to the two-yard line for a 54-yard completion.
Even with the victory, the Seahawks were dealt a major blow after many key players suffered injuries. Already playing without Earl Thomas, the Seahawks lost players on both sides of the ball. Duane Brown left the game with an ankle injury in the first half, and did not return to the game. C.J. Prosise played his first snaps since Week 7, but he left the game after suffering an ankle injury. Starting defensive Jarran Reed tackle left in the first half with a hamstring injury and did not return to the game.
But the biggest injury came in the second half when Richard Sherman went down holding his lower leg. After battling an Achilles injury during practice, Sherman left the game with what the team described as a heel injury. But the TV broadcast showed multiple shots of Sherman on the sidelines, and it seemed that Sherman said he tore his Achilles, and another instance saying he is done for the season. There are no confirmed reports of the injury and the seriousness of the injury.
The Seahawks will play in another primetime game when they return to CenturyLink Field to play the Arizona Falcons on Monday Night Football at 5:30 p.m. PST on November 20th.