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SEAHAWKS WHACK CARDS AGAIN

The Setup
The Cards were coming off a gut-wrenching OT loss to the Vikings. Seattle (with Whitehurst in for Hasselbeck got thumped big time by the Giants. This leaves the Seahawsk at 4 & 4 with the Cards one game behind at 3 & 5. Hasselbeck is back. Cardinal quarterbacking is, at best, shaky. If they can get even an average performance out of Derek Anderson, they should be favored at home. But Seattle whacked the Cardinals in their first meeting before a loud Seahawk stadium, and Marshawn Lynch (in his second game since coming over from the Bills) ran like a man possessed - right up the gut, and the Cardinals couldn't stop him. Key challenges for the Cardinals will be to: (a) contain Hasselbeck (who's back from a concussion), (b) stop Lynch and (c) neutralize 6-5 WR Mike Williams (who dominated Cardinal DB's in Game #1).

There are those who believe that this is a "must game" that - should we lose - will mean that Cards will be done for the season. I'm not buying  - each year, there are one or two teams considered "finished" who come back from the dead and wind up in the playoffs. To declare the Cardinal season "over" in a tightly bunched division with 6 games remaining is to set ourselves up for failure. No doubt, if we lose to the Seahawks, we'll be behind the 8-ball and would have our work cut out for us, but one thing a successful team has to do every once in a while is to fight its way through an adverse situation. Let's hope it doesn't come down to this, but if it does, it will still be way too early to pull the plug before the patient actually dies.

It will all come down to "who wants it most" and who has the most poise.

(Note Update - We received a last-minute phone call cancelling our dinner date because one of our dinner-mates "got the runs." Yippee, I can watch the game and post on time! (Unfortunately, it appears as if though Cardinal team also came down with a collective case of the runs).

The Bottom Line:
This time the score was 36 - 18. It wasn't so much that the Cardinals sucked in all aspects of play than it was their inability to cover Mike Williams (who had 11 catches for 145 yards), 10 penalties for 50 yards, continued subpar play by Adrian Wilson (whose nickname these days might more aptly be "A-Flub"), the inability of Derek Anderson to anticipate defensive schemes and coverages to check out of bad plays and hit open receivers early enough for them to elude defenders after the catch plus the growing awareness that Levi Brown is not quick enough of foot to be a decent NFL left tackle.

I had pointed out earlier that we shouldn't consider this a "must game" (that would mean the continuation or end of our season), but I did so within the context of the possibility that we might lose due to some weird bounce of the ball or funky ref call. But based on our overall qualitative level of play juxtaposed against a very average Seattle football team, I just don't see this year's Cardinals going anywhere. (Their level of execution in several arears would have to be raised by quantum amounts for them to have any kind of shot at reaching the playoffs).

Game Recap

1st Quarter

Arizona Cardinals 2:12
0-0-SEA 30O.Mare kicks 74 yards from SEA 30 to ARI -4. L.Stephens-Howling to ARI 48 for 52 yards (E.Thomas, O.Mare).
1-10-ARI 48(14:52) T.Hightower left tackle to ARI 49 for 1 yard (B.Mebane, K.Balmer).
2-9-ARI 49(14:19) D.Anderson pass short left to L.Stephens-Howling to SEA 38 for 13 yards (J.Siavii).
1-10-SEA 38(13:38) T.Hightower right tackle to SEA 35 for 3 yards (C.Clemons).
2-7-SEA 35(12:59) D.Anderson pass deep right to L.Fitzgerald pushed ob at SEA 2 for 33 yards (M.Trufant). Seattle challenged the pass completion ruling, and the play was Upheld. (Timeout #1.)
1-2-SEA 2(12:52) T.Hightower left tackle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0-0-SEA 2J.Feely extra point is GOOD, Center-M.Leach, Holder-B.Graham. Cards 7 - Seahawks 0.
Seattle Seahawks 5:04
0-0-ARI 30J.Feely kicks 69 yards from ARI 30 to SEA 1. L.Washington to SEA 23 for 22 yards (D.Washington).
1-10-SEA 23(12:43) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to D.Butler to SEA 25 for 2 yards (M.Adams, A.Wilson).
2-8-SEA 25(12:11) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short right to C.Baker (G.Hayes).
3-8-SEA 25(12:07) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass deep left to M.Williams pushed ob at ARI 43 for 32 yards (G.Toler).
1-10-ARI 43(11:39) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short left to M.Williams (G.Toler).
2-10-ARI 43(11:34) (Shotgun) M.Lynch left tackle to ARI 37 for 6 yards (P.Lenon, J.Porter).
3-4-ARI 37(10:54) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to M.Williams to ARI 27 for 10 yards (G.Toler).
1-10-ARI 27(10:22) M.Lynch up the middle to ARI 28 for -1 yards (C.Campbell).
2-11-ARI 28(9:49) M.Hasselbeck pass short middle to B.Obomanu to ARI 23 for 5 yards (M.Adams).
3-6-ARI 23(9:07) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass short right to M.Williams pushed ob at ARI 12 for 11 yards (G.Toler).
1-10-ARI 12(8:36) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to M.Lynch to ARI 1 for 11 yards (P.Lenon).
1-1-ARI 1(7:57) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short right to C.Baker.
2-1-ARI 1(7:48) M.Lynch left tackle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. Cards 7 - Seahawks 7
0-0-ARI 2O.Mare extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Gresham, Holder-J.Ryan.
Arizona Cardinals 2:44
0-0-SEA 30O.Mare kicks 61 yards from SEA 30 to ARI 9. L.Stephens-Howling MUFFS catch, ball out of bounds at ARI 17.
1-10-ARI 17(7:42) T.Hightower right end pushed ob at ARI 20 for 3 yards (L.Milloy). PENALTY on SEA-L.Milloy, Horse Collar Tackle, 15 yards, enforced at ARI 20.
1-10-ARI 35(7:15) D.Anderson pass short left to B.Patrick to ARI 46 for 11 yards (E.Thomas).
1-10-ARI 46(6:34) D.Anderson pass short right to S.Spach pushed ob at SEA 40 for 14 yards (A.Curry).
1-10-SEA 40(6:02) T.Hightower left tackle to SEA 39 for 1 yard (A.Curry).
2-9-SEA 39(5:19) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to L.Stephens-Howling.
3-9-SEA 39(5:13) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to E.Doucet.
4-9-SEA 39(5:07) B.Graham punts 29 yards to SEA 10, Center-M.Leach, downed by ARI-D.Washington.
Seattle Seahawks 1:24
1-10-SEA 10(5:00) M.Hasselbeck sacked at SEA 4 for -6 yards (C.Campbell).
2-16-SEA 4(4:35) M.Lynch left tackle to SEA 3 for -1 yards (D.Williams).
3-17-SEA 3(3:50) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short right to D.Butler.
4-17-SEA 3(3:45) (Punt formation) PENALTY on SEA-K.Cox, False Start, 1 yard, enforced at SEA 3 - No Play.
4-18-SEA 2(3:45) J.Ryan punts 42 yards to SEA 44, Center-C.Gresham. A.Roberts to SEA 33 for 11 yards (A.Curry).
Arizona Cardinals 1:55
1-10-SEA 33(3:36) T.Hightower up the middle to SEA 31 for 2 yards (J.Siavii).
2-8-SEA 31(3:00) Direct snap to E.Doucet. E.Doucet right end to SEA 29 for 2 yards (L.Tatupu).
3-6-SEA 29(2:10) (Shotgun) D.Anderson sacked at SEA 38 for -9 yards (A.Curry).
4-15-SEA 38(1:49) B.Graham punts 28 yards to SEA 10, Center-M.Leach, fair catch by L.Washington.
Seattle Seahawks 3:18
1-10-SEA 10(1:41) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to M.Williams to SEA 16 for 6 yards (A.Wilson).
2-4-SEA 16(1:08) M.Lynch left tackle to SEA 19 for 3 yards (B.Robinson, A.Wilson).
3-1-SEA 19(:29) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass short right to M.Williams to SEA 33 for 14 yards (D.Rodgers-Cromartie).

End of Quarter: Cardinals 7 - Seattle 7

2nd Quarter

1-10-SEA 33(15:00) M.Hasselbeck pass deep middle to C.Baker to ARI 23 for 44 yards (G.Hayes).
1-10-ARI 23(14:21) M.Hasselbeck pass short right to D.Butler to ARI 23 for no gain (A.Branch, C.Campbell).
2-10-ARI 23(13:36) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short right to D.Butler.
3-10-ARI 23(13:31) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short right to M.Williams.
4-10-ARI 23(13:28) O.Mare 41 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Gresham, Holder-J.Ryan. Seattle 10 - Cardinals 7
Arizona Cardinals 5:12
0-0-SEA 30O.Mare kicks 73 yards from SEA 30 to ARI -3. S.Breaston to ARI 23 for 26 yards (M.McCoy).
1-10-ARI 23(13:18) T.Hightower right tackle to ARI 34 for 11 yards (A.Curry).
1-10-ARI 34(12:31) T.Hightower right tackle to ARI 37 for 3 yards (L.Tatupu, C.Clemons).
2-7-ARI 37(11:48) D.Anderson pass deep left to S.Breaston to SEA 42 for 21 yards (E.Thomas).
1-10-SEA 42(11:03) D.Anderson pass deep middle to S.Breaston to SEA 6 for 36 yards (M.Trufant).
1-6-SEA 6(10:20) T.Hightower left end to SEA 4 for 2 yards (D.Hawthorne).
2-4-SEA 4(9:38) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short right to L.Fitzgerald to SEA 5 for -1 yards (W.Herring).
3-5-SEA 5(8:54) T.Hightower up the middle to SEA 5 for no gain (A.Curry).
4-5-SEA 5(8:16) J.Feely 23 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-M.Leach, Holder-B.Graham. Seattle 10 - Cardinals 10
Seattle Seahawks 0:43
0-0-ARI 30J.Feely kicks 70 yards from ARI 30 to end zone, Touchback.
1-10-SEA 20(8:11) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to M.Williams to SEA 32 for 12 yards (G.Toler). PENALTY on ARI-G.Hayes, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at SEA 32.
1-10-SEA 37(7:40) M.Hasselbeck pass deep left to D.Butler for 63 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0-0-ARI 2O.Mare extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Gresham, Holder-J.Ryan. Seattle 17 - Cardinals 10
Arizona Cardinals 2:12
0-0-SEA 30O.Mare kicks 70 yards from SEA 30 to end zone, Touchback.
1-10-ARI 20(7:28) D.Anderson pass short right to L.Fitzgerald to ARI 22 for 2 yards (L.Tatupu).
2-8-ARI 22(6:49) T.Hightower left end to ARI 38 for 16 yards (A.Curry). PENALTY on ARI-S.Spach, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at ARI 27.
2-13-ARI 17(6:18) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short right to L.Stephens-Howling to ARI 18 for 1 yard (E.Thomas).
3-12-ARI 18(5:34) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to S.Breaston.
4-12-ARI 18(5:27) B.Graham punts 45 yards to SEA 37, Center-M.Leach. L.Washington to SEA 40 for 3 yards (R.Johnson). PENALTY on SEA-D.Davis, Illegal Block Above the Waist, 10 yards, enforced at SEA 40.
Seattle Seahawks 4:14
1-10-SEA 30(5:16) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to M.Williams to SEA 36 for 6 yards (G.Toler).
2-4-SEA 36(4:41) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete deep left to M.Williams. PENALTY on ARI-G.Toler, Illegal Contact, 5 yards, enforced at SEA 36 - No Play.
1-10-SEA 41(4:35) M.Hasselbeck pass short right to B.Obomanu to ARI 21 for 38 yards (G.Toler). PENALTY on SEA-C.Pitts, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at SEA 41 - No Play.
1-20-SEA 31(4:35) PENALTY on SEA-S.Andrews, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at SEA 31 - No Play.
1-25-SEA 26(3:53) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to J.Forsett to SEA 35 for 9 yards (G.Watson).
Timeout #2 by SEA at 03:14.
2-16-SEA 35(3:14) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass deep left to B.Obomanu to ARI 25 for 40 yards (G.Toler).
1-10-ARI 25(2:27) J.Forsett up the middle to ARI 24 for 1 yard (B.Robinson, P.Lenon).
2-9-ARI 24(2:00) M.Hasselbeck pass short right to C.Baker to ARI 17 for 7 yards (G.Hayes).
3-2-ARI 17(1:20) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to D.Butler to ARI 16 for 1 yard (K.Rhodes).
Timeout #1 by ARI at 01:10.
4-1-ARI 16(1:10) M.Hasselbeck left tackle to ARI 16 for no gain (P.Lenon).
Arizona Cardinals 0:47
1-10-ARI 16(1:02) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass deep left to S.Breaston to ARI 48 for 32 yards (E.Thomas).
1-10-ARI 48(:34) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short right to L.Fitzgerald.
2-10-ARI 48(:31) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short right to S.Breaston.
3-10-ARI 48(:27) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short right to A.Roberts [R.Brock].
4-10-ARI 48(:22) B.Graham punts 40 yards to SEA 12, Center-M.Leach, fair catch by L.Washington.
Seattle Seahawks 0:15
1-10-SEA 12(:15) C.Whitehurst kneels to SEA 11 for -1 yards.
 
End of Half Score: Seattle 17 - Cardinals 10

3rd Quarter

Seattle Seahawks 2:09
0-0-ARI 30J.Feely kicks 75 yards from ARI 30 to SEA -5. L.Washington, Touchback.
1-10-SEA 20(15:00) C.Whitehurst pass short right to B.Obomanu to SEA 27 for 7 yards (G.Hayes).
2-3-SEA 27(14:32) J.Forsett left tackle to ARI 44 for 29 yards (M.Adams).
1-10-ARI 44(13:51) C.Whitehurst pass short right to M.Lynch to ARI 22 for 22 yards (D.Rodgers-Cromartie; M.Adams).
1-10-ARI 22(13:01) C.Whitehurst pass short right intended for B.Obomanu INTERCEPTED by D.Rodgers-Cromartie at ARI 18. D.Rodgers-Cromartie to ARI 44 for 26 yards (A.McCoy, B.Obomanu).

Arizona Cardinals 0:54
1-10-ARI 44(12:51) T.Hightower left tackle to ARI 48 for 4 yards (C.Clemons).
2-6-ARI 48(12:13) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to J.Wright (C.Clemons).
3-6-ARI 48(12:09) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to L.Fitzgerald.
4-6-ARI 48(12:04) B.Graham punts 52 yards to end zone, Center-M.Leach, Touchback.
Seattle Seahawks 4:52
1-10-SEA 20(11:57) B.Obomanu left end ran ob at SEA 33 for 13 yards (K.Rhodes).
1-10-SEA 33(11:29) J.Forsett left tackle to 50 for 17 yards (K.Rhodes).
1-10-50(10:49) C.Whitehurst pass short right to B.Obomanu to ARI 42 for 8 yards (M.Adams).
2-2-ARI 42(10:10) J.Forsett left end pushed ob at ARI 35 for 7 yards (P.Lenon).
1-10-ARI 35(9:38) C.Whitehurst pass short left to M.Williams to ARI 30 for 5 yards (G.Toler). FUMBLES (G.Toler), RECOVERED by ARI-J.Porter at ARI 40. J.Porter to ARI 44 for 4 yards (C.Whitehurst). Seattle challenged the incomplete pass ruling, and the play was REVERSED. C.Whitehurst pass incomplete short left to M.Williams (G.Toler).
2-10-ARI 35(9:35) C.Whitehurst pass deep right to M.Williams to ARI 19 for 16 yards (D.Rodgers-Cromartie).
1-10-ARI 19(8:56) M.Lynch left tackle to ARI 18 for 1 yard (A.Wilson).
2-9-ARI 18(8:15) (Shotgun) C.Whitehurst sacked ob at ARI 18 for 0 yards (A.Wilson).
3-9-ARI 18(7:47) J.Forsett up the middle to ARI 16 for 2 yards (A.Branch, C.Campbell).
4-7-ARI 16(7:09) O.Mare 34 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Gresham, Holder-J.Ryan. Seattle 20 - Cardinals 10
Arizona Cardinals 0:13
0-0-SEA 30O.Mare kicks 77 yards from SEA 30 to ARI -7. S.Breaston to ARI 20 for 27 yards (W.Herring, M.McCoy).
1-10-ARI 20(6:59) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short left intended for L.Fitzgerald INTERCEPTED by K.Jennings (J.Babineaux) at ARI 32. K.Jennings to ARI 32 for no gain (L.Fitzgerald).
Seattle Seahawks 2:02
1-10-ARI 32(6:52) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete deep left to B.Obomanu. PENALTY on ARI-D.Rodgers-Cromartie, Illegal Contact, 5 yards, enforced at ARI 32 - No Play.
1-10-ARI 27(6:46) B.Obomanu left end ran ob at ARI 23 for 4 yards (D.Rodgers-Cromartie).
2-6-ARI 23(6:21) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to J.Forsett ran ob at ARI 10 for 13 yards (D.Rodgers-Cromartie).
1-10-ARI 10(5:53) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short right to D.Butler.
2-10-ARI 10(5:46) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to J.Forsett pushed ob at ARI 1 for 9 yards (G.Toler).
3-1-ARI 1(5:25) M.Williams left end to ARI 1 for no gain (A.Wilson).
4-1-ARI 1(5:25) O.Mare 19 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Gresham, Holder-J.Ryan. Seattle 23 - Cardinals 10
Arizona Cardinals 0:50
0-0-SEA 30O.Mare kicks 75 yards from SEA 30 to ARI -5. S.Breaston to ARI 21 for 26 yards (D.Davis).
1-10-ARI 21(4:46) T.Hightower right tackle to ARI 23 for 2 yards (D.Hawthorne).
2-8-ARI 23(4:07) D.Anderson sacked at ARI 18 for -5 yards (A.Curry). FUMBLES (A.Curry), RECOVERED by SEA-C.Clemons at ARI 17. C.Clemons to ARI 17 for no gain (T.Hightower).
Seattle Seahawks 2:45
1-10-ARI 17(4:00) M.Lynch left tackle to ARI 16 for 1 yard (P.Lenon).
2-9-ARI 16(3:25) M.Hasselbeck pass short right to M.Williams to ARI 6 for 10 yards (G.Hayes).
1-6-ARI 6(2:44) (Shotgun) J.Forsett up the middle to ARI 5 for 1 yard (J.Porter).
2-5-ARI 5(2:02) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short right to M.Williams.
3-5-ARI 5(1:57) (Shotgun) J.Forsett up the middle to ARI 5 for no gain (G.Watson, C.Campbell).
4-5-ARI 5(1:19) O.Mare 23 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Gresham, Holder-J.Ryan. Seattle 26 - Cardinals 10
Arizona Cardinals 1:02
0-0-SEA 30O.Mare kicks 70 yards from SEA 30 to end zone, Touchback.
1-10-ARI 20(1:15) (Shotgun) D.Anderson sacked at ARI 15 for -5 yards (C.Clemons).
2-15-ARI 15(:38) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short right to E.Doucet.
3-15-ARI 15(:34) (Shotgun) PENALTY on ARI-D.Anderson, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at ARI 15 - No Play.
3-20-ARI 10(:34) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete deep left to S.Breaston.
4-20-ARI 10(:29) B.Graham punts 49 yards to SEA 41, Center-M.Leach. L.Washington to ARI 11 for 48 yards (D.Washington).
Seattle Seahawks 2:55
1-10-ARI 11(:13) D.Butler left end to ARI 7 for 4 yards (P.Lenon).

3rd Quarter Score: Seattle 26 - Cardinals 10

4th Quarter

2-6-ARI 7(15:00) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short middle to J.Carlson.
3-6-ARI 7(14:54) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass short left to M.Williams to ARI 1 for 6 yards (G.Toler). Arizona challenged the pass completion ruling, and the play was Upheld. (Timeout #1.)
1-1-ARI 1(14:28) M.Lynch left tackle to ARI 1 for no gain (G.Watson, J.Porter).
2-1-ARI 1(13:48) M.Lynch left tackle to ARI 1 for no gain (D.Williams).
3-1-ARI 1(13:04) M.Lynch left tackle to ARI 1 for no gain (G.Hayes, P.Lenon).
4-1-ARI 1(12:23) O.Mare 19 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Gresham, Holder-J.Ryan. Seattle 29 - Cardinals 10
Arizona Cardinals 4:26
0-0-SEA 30O.Mare kicks 74 yards from SEA 30 to ARI -4. S.Breaston to ARI 21 for 25 yards (M.McCoy).
1-10-ARI 21(12:13) (Shotgun) PENALTY on ARI-S.Breaston, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at ARI 21 - No Play.
1-15-ARI 16(12:13) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short right to E.Doucet to ARI 23 for 7 yards (E.Thomas).
2-8-ARI 23(11:46) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short left to E.Doucet to ARI 28 for 5 yards (L.Milloy).
3-3-ARI 28(11:04) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short left to S.Breaston to ARI 37 for 9 yards (J.Babineaux).
1-10-ARI 37(10:38) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to E.Doucet.
2-10-ARI 37(10:33) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short left to L.Fitzgerald to SEA 47 for 16 yards (L.Milloy, L.Tatupu).
1-10-SEA 47(10:05) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short right to E.Doucet to SEA 34 for 13 yards (R.Lewis).
1-10-SEA 34(9:40) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete deep right to S.Breaston.
2-10-SEA 34(9:33) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Anderson pass deep right to L.Fitzgerald to SEA 15 for 19 yards (M.Trufant).
1-10-SEA 15(9:08) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Anderson sacked at SEA 22 for -7 yards (L.Milloy).
2-17-SEA 22(8:32) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short right to T.Hightower pushed ob at SEA 2 for 20 yards (E.Thomas).
1-2-SEA 2(8:02) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to L.Fitzgerald.
2-2-SEA 2(7:57) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short right to E.Doucet for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0-0-SEA 2(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. D.Anderson pass to L.Fitzgerald is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS. Seattle 29 - Cardinals 18

Seattle Seahawks 2:46
0-0-ARI 30J.Feely kicks onside 9 yards from ARI 30 to ARI 39, downed by ARI-J.Feely. PENALTY on ARI-J.Feely, Illegal Touch Kick, 0 yards, enforced at ARI 39. Arizona challenged the kick touched ruling, and the play was Upheld. (Timeout #2.)
1-10-ARI 39(7:49) M.Lynch left tackle to ARI 38 for 1 yard (A.Branch). PENALTY on SEA-T.Polumbus, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at ARI 39 - No Play.
1-20-ARI 49(7:35) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short left to M.Williams.
2-20-ARI 49(7:31) M.Hasselbeck pass deep left to M.Williams to ARI 27 for 22 yards (A.Wilson).
1-10-ARI 27(6:50) M.Lynch up the middle to ARI 14 for 13 yards (K.Rhodes).
1-10-ARI 14(6:07) J.Forsett left tackle to ARI 11 for 3 yards (G.Watson).
Timeout #1 by SEA at 05:21.
2-7-ARI 11(5:21) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short right to J.Forsett.
3-7-ARI 11(5:16) (Shotgun) M.Hasselbeck pass incomplete short left to M.Williams.
4-7-ARI 11(5:11) O.Mare 29 yard field goal is No Good, Hit Left Upright, Center-C.Gresham, Holder-J.Ryan.
Arizona Cardinals 0:18
1-10-ARI 20(5:06) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to L.Fitzgerald (K.Jennings).
2-10-ARI 20(5:02) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to E.Doucet.
3-10-ARI 20(4:59) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short right to S.Breaston (M.Trufant).
4-10-ARI 20(4:53) (Shotgun) D.Anderson sacked at ARI 11 for -9 yards (C.Clemons).
Seattle Seahawks 0:59
1-10-ARI 10(4:48) M.Lynch left tackle to ARI 1 for 9 yards (C.Campbell).
2-1-ARI 1(4:40) M.Lynch left tackle to ARI 4 for -3 yards (A.Wilson).
Timeout #2 by SEA at 03:54.
3-4-ARI 4(3:54) (Shotgun) J.Forsett right tackle for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0-0-ARI 2O.Mare extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Gresham, Holder-J.Ryan. Seattle 36 - Cardinals 18
Arizona Cardinals 2:10
0-0-SEA 30O.Mare kicks 71 yards from SEA 30 to ARI -1. S.Breaston to ARI 18 for 19 yards (J.Babineaux, K.Cox).
1-10-ARI 18(3:42) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short left to E.Doucet to SEA 46 for 36 yards (E.Thomas).
1-10-SEA 46(3:09) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short right to E.Doucet to SEA 38 for 8 yards (M.Trufant).
2-2-SEA 38(2:41) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short right to T.Hightower ran ob at SEA 35 for 3 yards (M.Trufant).
1-10-SEA 35(2:36) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to S.Breaston.
2-10-SEA 35(2:32) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short right to L.Fitzgerald ran ob at SEA 26 for 9 yards.
3-1-SEA 26(2:32) (No Huddle, Shotgun) PENALTY on ARI-L.Brown, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at SEA 26 - No Play.
3-6-SEA 31(2:28) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass short right to L.Fitzgerald to SEA 18 for 13 yards (M.Trufant).
1-10-SEA 18(2:02) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to L.Fitzgerald (K.Jennings).
Two-Minute Warning
2-10-SEA 18(1:56) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete deep left to L.Fitzgerald.
3-10-SEA 18(1:49) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete short left to T.Hightower.
4-10-SEA 18(1:49) (Shotgun) PENALTY on ARI-D.Anderson, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at SEA 18 - No Play.
4-15-SEA 23(1:45) (Shotgun) PENALTY on ARI-D.Lutui, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at SEA 23 - No Play.
4-20-SEA 28(1:45) (Shotgun) D.Anderson pass incomplete deep left to L.Fitzgerald.
Seattle Seahawks 1:39
1-10-SEA 28(1:39) C.Whitehurst kneels to SEA 27 for -1 yards.
2-11-SEA 27(1:02) C.Whitehurst kneels to SEA 27 for no gain.
3-12-SEA 26(:30) C.Whitehurst kneels to SEA 25 for -1 yards.
Final Score: Seattle 36 - Cardinals 18

Game Stats

  • Third Down Efficiency - Seattle 6 of 15; Cardinals 2 of 11.

  • Total Net Yards - Seattle 490; Cardinals 327

  • Time of Possession: Seattle 35:05; Cardinals 24:55.

  • Net Yards Rushing - Seattle 110; Cardinals 41

  • Total Rushing Plays - Seattle 31; Cardinals 14

  • Sacked - Cardinals 5; Seattle 2.

  • Each team's QB was picked off once.

  • Fumbles Lost - Cardinals 1; Seattle 0.

  • Penalties - Cardinals 10; Seattle 6.

  • Mike Williams had caught 11 of 17 passes for 145 yards

  • Fitz caught 7 of 16. Doucet of 6 of 10, Breaston 4 of 10

  • Hasselbeck wound up with a 106.6 passer rating. Anderson (23 for 45. 1 TD and 1 pick) wound up with a rating of 72.6

  • Toler, Wilson and Lenon led the Cards with 8 tackles apiece.

  • Campbell and Wilson were each credited with a sack. DRC had the only Cardinal interception.

Bright Spots

  • Anderson continued to look more and more comfortable with his receivers.

  • LSH continues to make his presence felt more and more each game as a returner and, now a RB/receiver.

  • Our red zone defense continues to play hard and tenaciously for 60 minutes.

  • Alan Branch played like a man possessed for the entire game

The Dark Side

  • I think Anderson's problem is that he's unable to pick up presnap reads, process them and use this information  to anticipate pass rush pressure or when receivers will be open. Typical result will be that the receiver will get open, but Anderson's throws will arrive "late" (so that the pass defender has time to catch up and either break up the pass or deliver a walloping hit before the receiverhas time to run with the ball). I'm guessing that this is an innate problem that Derek has tried to compensated-for by throwing extra hard (& we know what happens when he does that). This may unlock the mystery of "the guy with a gun who continues to struggle" - not good news but possibly something that can at least be worked on while he's still in AZ.

  • Adrian Wilson continues to fail to make big plays. One whiff of an open field tackle deep in the secondary (where three guys had the receiver surrounded) was flat out pathetic. You've heard of "air guitar?" A-Dub was demonstrating the rare art of "air tackling."

  • Levi Brown was continually whipped around the edge by speedy edge rushers at precisely the times in the game when he needed to be extra-careful to keep those guys away from Anderson. Either he's failing to maintain his concentration or he simply lacks the feet to play LT in the NFL. Some folks at the scouting level should be asking themselves who was responsible for the scouting reports that projected Levi as a high-middle 1st round draft pick who could play LT.

  • For the second time this season, we couldn't stop Seattle's Mike Williams (who had 11 receptions for what seemed to be a bushel basket of converted 3rd downs). When another team is having its way with you, you find a way to stop them - even if it means changing your schemes and looks to put an extra defender on the red-hot RB. QB or in this case, receiver. Bill Davis - who seemed honor-bound to cover Williams one on one with either Toler or DRC and no extra help - had no clue as to how to stop Williams. His job as DC is to make the necessary adjustments, and he failed to do it (yet again).

Last Word:
Forget about W's & L's. Based on our caliber of play to date, we are not close to playing like a playoff team.
 
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