Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch doesn’t start game due to upset stomach
A surprise when the Seattle Seahawks took the field to start the game. They were missing running back Marshawn Lynch. His replacement, Robert Turbin, was able to gain a first down on a couple of runs but ultimately the Seahawks punted on their first drive of the night.
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The Arizona Cardinals were able to gain a first down on their first drive. After running back Stepfan Taylor gained six yards, quarterback Ryan Lindley completed a five-yard pass to receiver Larry Fitzgerald. After that though he threw three straight incompletions, one of which was almost picked off by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.
The Seahawks got the ball back and moved the ball a bit. After an initial first down, they were left with a third and two. Quarterback Russell Wilson was able to complete a pass to Jermaine Kearse for eight yards and the first down.
The Cardinals seemed to have the Seahawks on their heels after chasing Wilson into a second and 10 on a blitz but the Seahawks third running back Christian Michael ran for 15 yards for another first down. The one thing stopping the Seahawks so far? Penalties. The Seahawks had a couple of untimely false starts in the first quarter. The second one stopped a good drive that ended in a fourth and 17 and forced the Seahawks to punt for the second time this evening.
The Cardinals were able to hold Seattle’s offense in the first quarter to no points, so the defense did its job. Now the offense has to get some ball movement going and play a field position game. It would also be nice to give the defense a bit of rest. A deep shot by Lindley to receiver Michael Floyd turned into a pass interference call. Then Lindley threw deep to Floyd again and he should have come up with it despite being turned around. That’s a nice start heading into the second quarter. However the Cardinals punted back to the Seahawks right before the end of the first.