Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals 10/17/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Seattle Seahawks 34, Arizona Cardinals 22
October 17, 2013
The Week 7 edition of “Thursday Night Football” featured a pair of familiar rivals from one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks were coming into this one fresh off a Week 6 victory over the Titans. Meanwhile, the Cardinals weren’t so fortunate: they fell to .500 with a 12-point loss to their division-mate 49ers. This game would prove to be important in the grand scheme of the 2013 season, as it would provide a foothold in the race for the top spot in the NFC West.
Let’s take a closer look at what happened in this one by examining the statistical trends and key players. We’ll also glance forward to Week 8 and see what’s on tap for both teams as we move forward with the season.
What Happened: Like most divisional battles, this one was a pretty hard-fought game--especially in the first half. Even though the Seahawks thoroughly dominated Arizona during the first two quarters, they entered the break with just a seven-point lead, 17-10. Mistakes and missed opportunities had turned the tide after Seattle jumped out with two first half touchdowns at the beginning of the game, and they were now in danger of giving it up completely.
The Cardinals got to within four points in the third quarter (17-13), but that’s when the Seahawks really got their rhythm going on both offense and defense. Arizona could come up with only nine points in the final frame to make it 34-22 at the end.
The win gives Seattle a 6-1 record thus far, while Arizona falls to 3-4.
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The Stars: Russell Wilson had a great game--except for a couple of noticeable mistakes--He finished 18-for-29 for 235 yards and three touchdowns. His only blemishes were a pair of fumbles that kept the Cardinals’ hopes alive, but he made a handful of key plays that sealed their fates as well. The 28 rush yards didn’t hurt, either.
Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch was in fine form, rushing for 91 yards and a TD on 21 carries.
Helping out through the air were Golden Tate (a team-high 77 yards), Sidney Rice (50 yards and a score) and Zach Miller (40 yards and a score).
Of course, we can’t forget the Seahawks’ most notable contributors from week to week: their defense. They came up with a pair of interceptions to set up scores and were as reliable as usual in big situations.
The Goats: We’ll start out with Cards QB Carson Palmer here, as he was efficient (30-for-45) but also tossed a couple of interceptions--though one was very much a fluke play. Having an injured Larry Fitzgerald (hamstrings) certainly didn't help.
Part of the problem here is Arizona’s failure to generate much of a run game--as has been their issue much of the year. No. 1 RB Rashard Mendenhall could only come up with 22 yards on 13 carries, though he did manage a score. The team didn’t get Andre Ellington involved at all--he had just three rushes and a pair of receptions. Definitely a missed opportunity there.
Injuries: The Cardinals came out of this one pretty clean, though they were missing LB Kenny Demens (hamstring) and WR Brittan Golden (hamstring).
For the Seahawks, DE Chris Clemons was able to go after being questionable, but LB Bobby Wagner (ankle) and RB Spencer Ware (ankle) were not.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 8, the Seahawks have another primetime game on tap. They’ll be playing the Rams on Monday night (October 28).
As for the Cardinals, they’ll try to right their ship when the injured Falcons come to town on Sunday afternoon.
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