Despite losing the lead late in Sunday night’s contest, the Arizona Cardinals dominated the Seattle Seahawks in almost every facet of the game. The Cardinals held the ball for 38 minutes and 52 seconds while outgaining Seattle 451-343 in total yardage.
The one area the Seahawks topped Arizona in was the turnover battle which almost cost Arizona a crucial road victory. The Cardinals now hold a three-game lead in the NFC West and barring a collapse they should remain the drivers’ seat for the division title.
WR Larry Fitzgerald was targeted 15 times against a usually stout Seahawks secondary but the All-Pro wideout continued his career resurgence hauling in 10 passes for 130 yards. Fitzgerald is now on track to surpass 1,486 yards receiving on the season which would be the best output of his 12-year career.
In addition to Fitzgerald, the often ridiculed Michael Floyd also had a big night. Floyd pitched in with seven grabs for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Floyd left the game with an injury, but it’s not expected to be serious. While John Brown was quiet, we expect his output to pick back up once he’s healthy.
Although he lost his starting job earlier in the season to Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington is finding ways to make an impact. Ellington’s late 48-yard touchdown scamper salted the game away for the Cardinals, extending the lead to 39-29 before the Seahawks kicked a late field goal to cut the lead to seven points.
Just like we weren’t surprised that Ellington lost his grasp on the starting position prior to Week 1, we wouldn’t be surprised if he regains that status from Johnson at some point in the second half of the season. Johnson hasn’t been overly impressive of late and has left the door open for Ellington.
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Everyone knows that the Arizona secondary is as deep as talented as any in the NFL and it was Deone Bucannon’s turn to have a big game Sunday night in Seattle. Bucannon tallied seven tackles including one sack and was all over the field against the Seahawks.
Fellow safety Tyrann Mathieu also had a big night, intercepted one Russell Wilson pass while almost nabbing another. Bucannon, Mathieu along with Tony Jefferson and Rashad Johnson continue to be the heart and soul of the Cardinals’ defense and that’s not even mentioning CB Patrick Peterson.
While Wilson and the Seahawks receivers are well known for making big plays down the field, Seattle lives and dies by the running game and the success of Marshawn Lynch. Arizona has made stopping the run a major priority this year and Sunday’s title was no different.
The Cardinals held Lynch to only 42 yards on eight carries and limited to entire Seahawks rushing attack to only 115 yards. In addition to shutting down Lynch, Arizona kept Wilson in the pocket and limited the damage that he’s usually able to muster with his feet.