Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) calls a play against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
After a scary start the Cardinals begin to show some fight and the defense awakens with a great forth down stand and set up a field goal, then the defense finally gets some pressure up front, outside defensive end Matt Shaughnessy got a sack fumble of Russell Wilson and set up a 3 yard Rashard Mendenhall touchdown run to bring the Cards to trail 14-10, it looks like the Cardinals are ready to fight and make this a game.
The running game has not been able to get going because the offensive line has had its issues so far, and tackling from the secondary in particular Jarrod Powers is having a bad night of rapping up ball carriers, I count three miss tackles by him alone.
It looks as though the Cardinals used the first quarter as a contact practice and it allowed them to get their feet under them from the short week with no practice.
The ends are starting to get much more pressure on Russell Wilson causing him to throw the ball away on several occasions, if the Cards can continue to get some pressure and keep Wilson inside the pocket and not give up the big play down field they should be able to stay close.
It is half time and the Cardinals trail 17-10 after holding off the Seahawks offense down in the red zone, The Hawks will get the ball coming out in the third, which will be a critical defensive possession for the Cardinals.
Cardinals also have to generate some offense and give Carson Palmer some time to work over the secondary, the run game usually is that avenue, but so far the running game is nonexistent and the total yards on offense 69 yards to Seahawks 210, got to get something going.