REPORT CARD VS. CARDINALS
PASSING OFFENSE: C --
QB Matt Hasselbeck started quickly but the passing game sputtered a bit after he suffered injuries to his left shoulder and right ankle.
Hasselbeck and backup QB Trent Dilfer accounted for one TD and one interception apiece. The loss of WR Darrell Jackson to injury deprived the passing game of its rhythm, although TE Itula Mili and TE Jerramy Stevens made plays.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B --
RB Shaun Alexander ran hard Sunday and the result was his fourth 100-yard game in the last six weeks.
Alexander burned the Cardinals for an impressive 44-yard TD run in the second quarter. The run helped him top 100 yards with 11 minutes left in the first half. Alexander didn't get many of his 135 yards after halftime, but he kept pounding away for tough yards on the drive to an insurance TD in the final minutes.
PASS DEFENSE: C -- Seattle continued to give up too many big plays, notably pass completions of 60 and 41 yards.
But the pass rush, limited to 30 sacks in the previous 14 games, surprised everyone with a season-high eight sacks of Cardinals QB Josh McCown. Veteran CB Shawn Springs played his best game of the season, while CB Ken Lucas and CB Marcus Trufant gave up the big plays.
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- Rookie DT Rashad Moore dominated at times, freeing up LB Anthony Simmons for a team-high eight solo tackles.
MLB Randall Godfrey was able to play the entire game and that helped the run defense limit Arizona to 79 yards on the ground.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- WR Alex Bannister lived up to his Pro Bowl pedigree by downing a Tom Rouen punt inside the 5.
Rouen continued his fine season with a 40.3-yard net average on four punts. Seattle also limited the Cardinals to an 18.4-yard average on kick returns.COACHING: B -- Defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes must have showed recent scathing newspaper stories to his embattled linemen. DE Lamar King and DE Chike Okeafor, widely criticized for failing to generate enough pass rush this season, each collected 2.0 sacks. Coach Mike Holmgren and his offensive staff put together a game plan that produced a quick 21-3 lead. Winning by 18 points despite four turnovers reflected advantages in strategy, not just talent.
NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
QB Matt Hasselbeck planned to start in San Francisco on Saturday, but he'll probably miss some practice time this week. Hasselbeck has a torn labrum in his left shoulder, plus a sprained right ankle.
WR Darrell Jackson planned to start in San Francisco on Saturday, but he'll probably miss some practice time during the week. Jackson has a sprained ankle.
He missed much of the 28-10 win Sunday and the offense suffered as a result.
LB Chad Brown planned to start in San Francisco on Saturday. His availability for practice was not immediately known. Brown missed the 28-10 win Sunday with a 104-degree fever.
CB Shawn Springs planned to start in San Francisco on Saturday. His availability for practice was not immediately known. Springs has a sore back.
DT Rashad Moore turned in a dominant performance against Arizona on Sunday. Moore, a rookie sixth-round choice from Tennessee, helped free up LB Anthony Simmons for a team-leading eight solo tackles.
WR Alex Bannister lived up to his Pro Bowl pedigree by downing a Tom Rouen punt inside the 5.P Tom Rouen continued his fine season Sunday with a 40.3-yard net average on four punts. Rouen ranks tied for second in the NFC with 26 punts downed inside the 20. He also ranks second in net average (37.4) and tied for second in fewest touchbacks (three).