The Seattle Seahawks used a balanced offensive attack and disciplined defensive play to snap a two-game losing streak in Thursday’s Nights 28 to 21 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Quarterback Russell Wilson looked like his old self again completing 23 of 28 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks defense took another giant step Thursday night.
DEFENSE BENDS BUT DOES NOT BREAK
After gaining moment from a second half performance in last Sunday loss to the Rams the Seahawks defense was looking to continuing its improved play Thursday Night.
The defense played its best half of the season holding the Arizona offense to just 107 total yards in the first half. The Cardinals were held to just 24 rushing yards giving the Seahawks a 16-7 lead. All the disciplined and focused play by the defense went out the window in the third quarter. Arizona scored on both of its 3rd quarter offensive possession. The defense buckled down on its next two series causing safety and a game-ending sack of Murray by Carlos Dunlap.
A RUNNING GAME MATTERS
Carlos Hyde returned to the lineup after missing the last 3 games and the result was a balanced offensive attack. Hyde had 14 carries for 79 yards and one touchdown. The productive running game forced the Cardinal defense to honor the run and play action. With the Cardinals defenders honoring the run, Wilson was given time to throw and look downfield when he called pass plays from run fakes.