The Seattle Seahawks outgained the Arizona Cardinals 596-216 in what was supposed to be a defensive battle
It was supposed to be a battle of the defenses. One came to play, the other didn’t. The Seattle Seahawks defense was smothering both in the pass and run game. The Arizona Cardinals defense just took the night off alltogether in the 35-6 loss.
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Really all you need to know about this one is 596 yards. That’s how many yards the Arizona Cardinals gave up on Sunday night. Of those 596, 267 were on the ground. The Arizona Cardinals were amongst the best in the NFL at stopping the run. The only thing the Cardinals were good at stopping on Sunday night was the clock on the 26 incompletions by quarterback Ryan Lindley.
The idea was that they would run and after the game coach Bruce Arians even said they should have run more. No kidding. Not that it would have made any difference. The Cardinals when they did run ran right into brick walls all night.
The Cardinals defense got one sack. One. They had seven of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson back on November 23rd. Wilson took advantage of blitzes all night long. He ran for 88 yards. Running back Marshawn Lynch had 113 yards on just 10 carries. He didn’t even get his first carry until the second quarter! He missed the first quarter due to an “upset stomach”. Hmm.
Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson missed a sure interception in the second half. Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson blew coverage on the 80-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Luke Willson in the second quarter. Nothing worked.
The Cardinals did not score a touchdown for the second straight game and have managed just two touchdowns since the first quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions on November 16th. Unfortunately the lack of passion and toughness from the Cardinals just brought them a one-and-done ticket in the NFL playoffs.