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The Setup
Cards were trying to fight their way out of a 0 - 2 -1 record. The 2 - 0 - 1 Seahawks were nursing their wounds in the aftermath of a 33 - 27 loss to the Saints

Seattle Takes Care of Cardinals 27 - 10

The Bottom Line:
The score didn't fully reflect the competitive edge enjoyed by the Seahawks. First quarter scoring was a little deceptive as an early Seattle
3 point lead expanded to 10 points off an interception return by Clowney of an errant Kyler Murray screen pass. When Clowney made the one-handed grab and took it to the house, there was an automatic "whoosh" that sucked most of the enthuisasm out of the State Farm Stadium crowd and that was all she wrote.

Just as we were beginning to trust our FG kicker (Gonzalez) - who had to work with a different holder to replace the injured Andy Lee - he whiffed on 2 attempts in a row. And It seemed as if every time Kyler Murray would get something going or our defense would hold 'em on 3rd down, the officials would throw flag after flag. Nothing seemed to go right. the Seattle widened its lead to 20 - 3 (at halftime, and split the 2H scoring 7 - 7 in the second half to preserve the 27 - 10 "W."

Statistically, the two teams were pretty close to one another - the difference being that early turnover and Russell Wilson's advantage at crunch time. Compared to Murray. a higher percentage of Wilson's successful plays (i.e. completions, longer runs etc.) occurred at key points in the game where they sustained drives or put points on the board.

Murray continued to show flashes of good things to come, but was unable to deliver on a consistent basis, with two many of his plays seeming to be designed to wind up 2 or 3 yards short of a TD or 1st down. Gotta hope that (sooner rather than later) the pump will be primed and Kyler will have a break-thru outing.

Defensively, the Cards had their moments, but too often, a Seattle ballcarrier would put a Cardinal tackler on roller skates or one of their TE's would mysteriously show up wide-open in the Cardinal secondary. In watching the game, I had the unsettling opinion that the Seattle players were bigger and more physical than our players and operated with a higher level of consistency technique-wise.

Scoring Summary:

Game Log
We've had trouble locating play-by-play logs worth posting here so please bear with us. When we find it, we'll post it here.

1st Quarter

FG - Myers - 33 yds - Seattle 3 - Cards 0

TD - Clowney (Interception Return) - 27 yards - Seattle 10 - Cards 0.

1st Quarter Score: Seattle 10 - Cards 3

2nd Quarter

  • FG - Gonzalez 33 yards - Seattle 10 - Cards 3

    TD - Dissly - 9 Yds - pass from Wilson - Seattle 17 - Cards 3

    FG - Myers 24 - Seattle 20 - Cards 3

    Halftme Score: Seattle 20 - Cards 3

3rd Quarter

No Scoring

    • Third Quarter Score: Seattle 20 - Cards 3
4th Quarter

TD - K Murray - 9 Yard run- Seattle 20 - Cards 10

TD- Procise 9 - Seattle 27 - Cards 10

Final Score: Seattle 27- Cards 10


Notable Game Stats.

  • First Downs: Cards 21 - Seattle 20

    Total Net Yards : Cards 321 - Seattle 340

    Rushes /Yds: Cards 23 for 115- Seattle 27 for115

    Passing: Murray 22 for 32...1 Int...206 yds
    ................Wilson 22 for 38...0 Int...225

    Sacked: Cards 4 for minus-35 yds - Seattle 4 for minus 15 yds

    Rushing: Murray 4 carries for 27 yds...D Johnson 11 carries for 40 yds
    ................ Carson 22 carries for 104 yds.

    Receiving: D Johnson 8for 99...Fitz - 5 for 47...Kirk 4 for 37
    ................:.Dissly 7 for 57..Lockett 4 for 51...Carson 4 for 41

    Penalties - Cards 7 for 44...Seattle 7 for 65

    Possession - Seattle 33:24 - Cards 26:36

The "Bright Side"

  • Margin could have been larger.

  • Murray seems more comfortable

D Johnson showed spark of a couple of years ago - more explosiveness.

The Dark Side

  • Too many plays designed to come up 2 yards short of a 1st down.
  • Cards outmatched by Seattle in strength and sound techniques

    Too many penalties at inopportune times.

    Murray's decision-making not razor-sharp.

    Vs. Carolina, we knew Olsen could eat us alive. (Vs. Seattle, substitute Dissly). Our safeties were consistently manhandled by their TE's

    Absence of regular holder notwithstanding, Gonzalez whiffes on two chip-shot atttempts.

Last Word:
Question of the Week - Can the Cardinals dig their way out of their hole" Or are their problems "chronic" and deeply entrenched?

Gut feel - Cards are capable of digging their way out if they keep their heads down and plug away at fundamentals. But key sub-question is: "Are the Cardinal players willing and able to do so?"

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