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20 November 2020 06:45

Carlos Dunlap got a fourth down sack of Kyler Murray to end what was another entertaining Seahawks-Cardinals game.

Seahawks assist Russell Wilson, defense and run game help get big win over Cardinals

Letting Russ cook this season was the right move by the Seattle Seahawks, but the last couple weeks he looked like a player who was putting everything on his shoulders. Due to injuries Seattle had no reliable run game, and the Seahawks defense has been bad all year. On Thursday night, the Seahawks looked like a team, and not just a quarterback trying to make up for countless deficiencies. The defense played its best game of the season and got a key stop in the final two minutes. And Wilson played well too as the Seahawks won a huge NFC West game over the Arizona Cardinals, 28-21.

A Seattle loss would have put the Seahawks a game behind in the standings and Arizona would have owned the tiebreaker due to a season sweep. His scramble drill touchdown to DK Metcalf was classic Wilson, and he threw a beautiful pass in the end zone to Tyler Lockett for another touchdown. Hyde gave the Seahawks some semblance of a run game. And the Seahawks defense, giving up passing yards at a record rate before Thursday, played surprisingly well against a good Cardinals offense. Kyler Murray was getting the MVP buzz that Wilson lost the past couple weeks, The Seahawks contained him very well.

It's possible Murray's shoulder, which got attention on the sideline after he was tackled on a first-quarter run, affected his play. Murray still made some nice plays but the Seahawks made him work for what he got. Seattle needed to keep Arizona out of the end zone in the final two minutes, and Murray was poised in moving the Cardinals downfield. Arizona got deep into Seahawks territory in the final minute. But Murray threw incomplete three straight times from the Seattle 28, and on fourth-and-10 he was sacked by Carlos Dunlap.

Wilson can do a lot for a team and has lifted Seattle on his shoulders for years, but it's hard to ask him to do that every week and against good teams. Russell Wilson congratulates Tyler Lockett after his touchdown catch against the Cardinals. Seahawks defense makes big plays late Finding a running game helps, but the biggest difference for the Seahawks was the fine night by the defense. The Seahawks defense came up with two huge plays early in the fourth quarter. Backed up near their own goal line, guard J.R. Sweezy held as he was beat on an inside move by defensive lineman L.J. Collier, and the holding call in the end zone resulted in a safety.

The way the Seahawks had controlled the game, sustaining drives and helping to not stress the defense, that seemed like it would be enough to win. Wilson threw it away on third down, didn't get a roughing-the-passer call when a Cardinals defender hit him in the head, and Jason Myers kicked a field goal for a 28-21 lead. Murray had more than two minutes, and he showed last week against Buffalo he can lead a game-winning drive in far less time than that. But Seattle got the key stop to seal the win. The Seahawks started this season by relying on Wilson more than ever, and that tipped too far the past couple weeks.

The Seattle Seahawks (7-3) snapped a two-game losing streak with an absolutely vital 28-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals (6-4). It was the defense that stepped up big with three sacks of Kyler Murray, including the game-ender by Carlos Dunlap. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett both caught touchdowns from Russell Wilson, who had no turnovers. We are now Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans on Monday, as a win over the Los Angeles Rams would keep Seattle in 1st place in the NFC West. The Seahawks got the ball first and Russell Wilson was sacked on the opening play. Seattle had a 12-play, 75-yard drive that featured three third-down conversions. Four three-and-outs were exchanged in total between the two teams, although the Seahawks got jobbed on a holding penalty that negated a deep ball to DK Metcalf after he burned Patrick Peterson. An 8-play, 50-yard drive that saw Kenyan Drake run it in from 2 yards out after it was initially ruled a fumble and Seahawks ball. Back came the Seahawks with a 10-play, 75-yard drive and another touchdown. Carlos Hyde and Bo Scarbrough ripped off quality runs, while Wilson was dealing to Tyler Lockett. The Cardinals were able to get out of a couple of jams as a result of penalties — 2nd and 16 gain of 18 by Kenyan Drake, 3rd and 8 throw by Murray to Christian Kirk — but they would go no further than just inside of midfield. In the two-minute drill, the Seahawks were backed up inside their own 10 thanks to false start penalties. Dan Arnold beat DJ Reed for a 4-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 16-14 Seahawks. 15-yard penalty and a new set of downs for the Seahawks, and Carlos Hyde punched it in two plays later. This is the Seahawks defense so of course they gave up all of those yards and the Cardinals got inside the 5. An illegal shift penalty essentially ended the Seahawks' ensuing drive, leaving the defense to be trusted to get a stop and preserve the lead. The next snap saw holding in the end zone by former Seahawk JR Sweezy for the safety. DJ Reed had a good safety kick return to his own 40, giving the Seahawks their best field position of the night. The running game continued to find success against the Cardinals' undermanned defensive front. Russell Wilson hit a key 3rd down conversion to Tyler Lockett to extend the drive and get into FG range. Wilson threw the ball away and there was no roughing the passer somehow when he got hit in the head. A Monday Night Football game on November 30th against the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles (3-5-1). In the second quarter of the Week 11 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, Russell Wilson floated a ball into the back corner of the end zone. The Seattle Seahawks held off the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth quarter to secure a critical NFC West victory. Carlos Dunlap got a fourth down sack of Kyler Murray to end what was another entertaining Seahawks-Cardinals game. The Seahawks hold a half game lead on the Los Angeles Rams pending the Rams Monday Night Football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here's what the NFC playoff picture looks like following the Seahawks win over the Cardinals. If the Rams win on Monday they'll move into first place in the NFC West and the Seahawks will drop to the No. 6 seed. 3. Seattle Seahawks, 7-3