Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 27, Seahawks 3

October, 18, 2009
10/18/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

SEATTLE -- Arizona looked very much like the NFC West favorite while playing a complete game for the first time this season.

Seattle appeared overmatched.

The Cardinals led 14-0 before the Seattle offense took possession for the first time with 3:07 remaining in the first quarter. And once the Seahawks' offense did have the ball, Arizona's defense dominated. The Cardinals dominated on both lines of scrimmage.

No team figures to run away with the division for a while, but I think Arizona has the potential to do so later in the season.

The Cardinals matched the 49ers with a 3-2 record atop the NFC West. While the 49ers hold an early tiebreaker lead, Arizona has so much greater potential for improvement on offense. Beanie Wells got more touches Sunday, and the Cardinals' offensive line held up in protection despite a tough environment.

Seattle is off in Week 7. The Cardinals visit the Giants. The 49ers visit the Texans. Seattle could actually gain ground during its bye week.

Do not be fooled, however. The Seahawks have significant injury issues and they haven't beaten a good team this season. They will not suddenly get healthy and regain their pre-2008 form. Lofa Tatupu, Patrick Kerney and Kelly Jennings suffered injuries Sunday. The bye week will provide a reprieve, but the Seahawks face an uphill fight with a 2-4 record, two losses at home and four road trips in their first five games after the bye.

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