The Arizona Cardinals put together a great game plan on Sunday in Seattle
Despite Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Kyler Murray went down with a hamstring injury early in the third quarter, backup Brett Hundley and running back Kenyan Drake put together second half drives to take time off the clock and defeat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. It was win number 4 in 5 seasons in Seattle for the Cardinals.
Murray, who was playing well himself, came up with a hamstring injury with the Cardinals up 20-7 at the time. He ended the day going 11-18 for 118-yards in the air. He had 1 touchdown pass, although touchdown number 2 was overturned.
The day belonged to Drake on offense and the Cardinals defense. Drake bested his 137-yard performance against the Cleveland Browns last week. He finished with 24 carries for 166-yards and 2 touchdowns.
Drake has certainly shown he is worth consideration for a new contract come 2020. Backup David Johnson had just 2 carries for 3-yards.
The story other than Drake was the Cardinals defense. They maybe put their best overall game in a couple of years. Linebacker Chandler Jones had 4 sacks on the day, he’s earning his paycheck.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was just 16-31 for 169-yards. He was sacked 5 times on Sunday overall.
Maybe the most eye-opening statistic was third-down conversions. The Cardinals held the Seahawks to 1-12 on third downs. That’s not a typo, ONE for TWELVE.
Remember where the Cardinals were earlier in the season when they couldn’t get opponents offenses off the field? It was an impressive show. The Seahawks had just 224-yards of offense on Sunday.
Now the Cardinals go into their game at the Los Angeles Rams next week on a 2-game winning streak. We will follow the status of Murray this week.
However Hundley showed he was more than ready to play. He ran the ball 6 times for 35-yards and showed his smarts on the field on the last drive not running out of bounds in order to run clock. Again, very impressive.