In Battle Of Birds, Seahawks Out Peck Cardinals
The Seattle Seahawks are crossing doubts off the list like an old lady crossing off grocery items off her list. Well cross out another item for the Seahawks because they seem to be able to win on the road too. The Arizona Cardinals became the latest victim of Pete Carroll’s squad last night, 34-22. Seattle now improves to 6-1 for the first time in franchise history and remains in first place in their division. Arizona falls to 3-4 and holds sole possession of last place right now in their division.
I was pretty close on my prediction for this game. I tweeted out last night that I was taking Seattle to win the game 30-17. Turns out I was only nine points off from the total points scored. I thought Seattle would pull away a little more in the second half but the Cardinals stayed with them like glitter on a stripper. The final score though was a little closer than the actual game. Despite running six fewer plays the Seahawks out gained Arizona in total yards by 110 yards (344 to 234). The biggest difference came in the running game. Seattle gained 135 yards on the ground to Arizona’s 30.
The star of the night for Seattle was unquestionably Russell Wilson. The second year signal caller showed great poise in the pocket and amazing instinct on when to run the ball. Wilson completed 62% of his passes for 235 yards and a whopping three touchdowns. For the second straight week Wilson did not throw an interception. Russell also showed he can move the ball with his feet as he ran eight times for 29 yards. Now, I don’t like patting myself on the back…wait a second, I LOVE IT!! I said, in my fantasy rankings prior to the season that Wilson is a top 12 QB. He’s doing a darn good job of proving me right again.
Wilson’s counterpart, Cardinal’s quarter back Carson Palmer, wasn’t as efficient. Palmer threw the ball 45 times for 258 yards. While he did have one touchdown he did also throw two interceptions. Both those picks went for Seattle points on the ensuing possessions. Carson was also sacked my Seattle’s monster defense seven times for 54 yards. Palmer got absolutely no help from the running game as Rashard Mendenhall carried 13 times for a mediocre 22 yards. He did have a rushing touchdown (only the fourth allowed by Seattle on the ground all year) but it was a short 3 yard scamper.
Wilson got plenty of help and it just goes to show how well rounded the Seahawks are and why they’re a Super Bowl favorite. Running back Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 21 times for 91 yards. Receiver Sidney Rice had only three catches for 50 yards but 31 of them came on a beautiful touchdown pass from Wilson. I’m going to pat myself on the back again here, this is exactly why I picked Seattle to win the NFC in my preseason predictions. God, I’m good.
From a fantasy standpoint the big man for Arizona was actually kicker Jay Feely. Feely converted all three of his field goal attempts from 49, 52 and 22 yards. He finished with 12 fantasy points (NFL.com leagues), his most since back in week 2. When your kicker scores more fantasy points than your QB that’s as bad a sign as saying “I’ll be right back” in a horror movie. The fantasy stud for Seattle can be split between two. Wilson finished with 17.30 fantasy points which was nearly three more than he was projected to have. The other star was the Seahawks defense/special teams. After totaling the two interceptions and seven sacks the unit finished with 15 points, two above the projection.
Next up for Seattle will be a long break. They get ten days off before playing in St. Louis next Monday night. The Cardinals will host the Atlanta Falcons on sunday afternoon.