Week 9 Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks 33, Arizona Cardinals 19
What you need to know
The Seahawks’ dominant offensive line opened the door for Seattle runners to the tune of 208 yards and a trio of rushing touchdowns. Shaun Alexander was the primary beneficiary with 173 of those yards and a pair of trips to pay dirt, including an 88 yard touchdown scamper to open the third quarter. Maurice Morris added 30 yards on the ground and Matt Hasselbeck had a one yard touchdown run. Alexander left the game briefly at the end of the first half with a stomach ailment, but returned to score the aforementioned long touchdown and took the majority of Hasselbeck’s handoffs in the second half.
With RB Shaun Alexander and the Seahawks’ running game clicking so well, QB Matt Hasselbeck has become a risky fantasy start. Hasselbeck threw for only 158 yards and one touchdown, completing 13 of 20 passes. When he did drop back to pass, he found plenty of time to survey the field and spread the ball around nicely. Fortunately for fantasy owners, Hasselbeck also ran one into the end zone to pad his stats.
The Seattle defense looked sharp in this game, recording five sacks (one was erased by an offensive penalty) and four takeaways. The Seahawks’ secondary ran some routes better than Arizona’s receivers, reeling in three interceptions and hurting any chance that Kurt Warner had of getting his team back into the game. Bryce Fisher’s final sack of the game led to a Warner fumble that was recovered by Rocky Bernard to seal the Seahawks’ victory.
After a pair of marginal outings by QB Josh McCown, Kurt Warner is once again back at the helm of the Cardinals’ offense. If this game is any indication, then Warner likely won’t be there for long. He completed 29 of 48 passes for 334 yards and one touchdown, but threw three critical interceptions and coughed up a fumble. His offensive line handed out free passes to the quarterback to any Seahawk defender who asked, resulting in four official sacks and a number of knockdowns. Warner looked David Carr-like as he was often forced into quick dump offs to avoid being thrown to the turf.
The Cardinals’ offense entered this game as one of only two units that hadn’t scored a rushing touchdown this season. Cleveland running back Jason Wright found the end zone in their game against Tennessee, giving Arizona sole possession of this dubious honor. Marcel Shipp managed only 20 yards on his 13 carries and he looked just as bad as his stat line. J.J. Arrington actually looked decent, trudging 40 yards on only five attempts with a long of 15 yards. They shared a pair of red zone carries, but were unable to cross the stripe.
WR Anquan Boldin was sidelined with his knee bruise injury and, as expected, WR Bryant Johnson saw an increased role in the offense. Johnson was targeted 11 times grabbing six passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. He had a couple of drops that might have caused a less experienced quarterback to shun him, but Kurt Warner went back to Bryant the next play after a drop in the end zone and they hooked up for the Cardinals’ only non-kicking points.
What you ought to know
Hasselbeck was sacked on the Seahawks’ first play from scrimmage, but the play was negated by an Arizona penalty. Nobody wearing red entered his zip code again until the ten minute mark in the third quarter when former teammate Chike Okeafor blindsided him for a sack. With Shaun Alexander and the Seahawk running game dominating, Hasselbeck wasn’t asked to do much. When he did drop back, he had all day to survey the field, locate his open receivers and connect.
Alexander simply dominated the Arizona defense, averaging better than seven and a half yards per carry en route to a 173 yard, two touchdown performance. His offensive line sent Cardinal defenders stumbling off in all directions and Alexander did the rest. A smiling Alexander was seen walking to the locker room inexplicably with over two minutes remaining in the first half. It was later reported that Alexander experienced an upset stomach. Apparently whatever they did in the locker room solved the problem as Alexander took a handoff 88 yards for a touchdown on the Seahawks first offensive play of the second half. It was the longest rushing touchdown of his NFL career and the longest touchdown surrendered by the Cardinals in their team’s history.
Morris took a Matt Hasselbeck screen pass for a called touchdown in the final minute of the first half, but a booth review was called and Morris’ foot was ruled to be out of bounds before the ball crossed the goal line. Matt Hasselbeck ran a bootleg to pay dirt on the next play. His five carries are a bit more than typical as he and Shaun Alexander split backfield duties on one series in the fourth quarter.
|RB Mack Strong, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)|
Strong contributed his usual dose of tough yards, mostly on third and short.
Jurevicius saw all six of his targets in the first half when the game was still tight. He recorded 31 yards on four catches and caught Hasselbeck’s only touchdown pass of the game.
Engram returned from the rib injury that had him sidelined for the past month and managed only three catches for 24 yards on five targets. Matt Hasselbeck only threw the ball 20 times in this game and leading receiver Joe Jurevicius was targeted only once more than Engram.
Urban reeled in his only target just before halftime. It was by far Matt Hasselbeck’s longest completion of the day.
Stevens finished the game with 28 yards, catching two of the four balls tossed his way.
The number two tight end caught one of three passes thrown to him for eight yards. He was targeted once in the red zone.
Brown made both of his sub 30 yard field goals, but had an extra point blocked.
Arizona’s dynamic duo of Marcel Shipp and J.J. Arrington combined for 18 carries and 60 rushing yards against the Seahawks in this game. Shipp was caught dancing in the backfield on more than one occasion by tackle hungry defenders. The Cardinals continued their season long rushing touchdown drought.
The Seattle pass rush gave Kurt Warner headaches all day, recording four official sacks and landing on his front porch often. With the Cardinals playing from behind, Warner was forced to throw 48 times and amassed 334 yards, but much of those were against Seattle’s soft zone prevent defense.
Josh McCown’s poor performances over the past two weeks led to Kurt Warner’s return to the starting lineup this week. Warner’s trend this year in Arizona seems to be the ability to move the ball well between the twenties, but having to settle for field goals again and again. Though Warner was forced to air it out 48 times this game for 334 yards, he recorded only one passing touchdown versus four Neil Rackers field goal attempts. Warner was sacked four times and hurried or hit constantly amid throwing three critical interceptions.
|RB Marcel Shipp, Rush: 13 - 20 - 0, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (4 targets)|
Shipp had nearly three times as many carries as stable mate J.J. Arrington, but recorded only half as many yards. In short, he looked awful. The Seahawks’ defense caught him dancing in the backfield more than once en route to his 13 carry, 20 yard day. He also caught one pass for four yards.
Though Arrington carried the ball only five times, he had a more productive day than Marcel Shipp. Arrington added 22 receiving yards to his 40 yard rushing total.
The third stringer was not a fantasy factor.
Fitzgerald was the leading receiver in this game with 102 yards. With Warner and the Cardinals’ offense playing from behind, he was targeted 12 times and grabbed eight catches.
With Anquan Boldin out due to injury, Johnson had an excellent opportunity to prove his worth. At one point in the game, he had as many drops as catches, including a third quarter pass where Warner placed the ball right on his numbers in the end zone. To his and Warner’s credit, they hooked up on the next play for a touchdown.
The rookie caught his first NFL passes in this game, recording 25 yards on three catches.
Newhouse saw his first action of the season because of Anquan Boldin’s injury and caught two passes for 22 yards on five targets.
Bergen shared the tight end duties with Eric Edwards and managed only five yards on two catches.
Edwards rambled into the end zone for a 79 yard touchdown, but a clipping penalty by Bryant Johnson shortened it to a just nice 63 yard gain and the Cardinals settled for a field goal.
Rackers continues to be the Cardinals’ best fantasy point scoring option. He hit from 23, 31, 39, and 44 yards in this game.
Alexander’s 88 yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the third quarter was the longest rushing touchdown allowed in Cardinals’ history. Alexander finished the game with 173 yards and another touchdown, a 14 yard jaunt where he went in untouched. This defensive line was simply worn down and dominated by the far superior Seahawks offensive line.
The Cardinals recorded a sack on their first play of the game, but it was negated by penalty. They didn’t touch Matt Hasselbeck again until the ten minute mark of the third quarter. They gave up only 158 passing yards, but that was mostly due to the dominant rushing game of Shaun Alexander and the lead that the Seahawks had for most of the game.