Thursday, October 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks
By Terry Blount
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 34-22 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium:
What it means: The Seahawks move to 6-1 this season and 2-0 in the NFC West. And forget about the theory that Seattle can’t get it done on the road. The Seahawks are 3-1 away from home this season and 6-2 since last December. The 34 points Thursday were the most on the road this season for Seattle.
Stock watch: Russell Wilson fumbled three times, losing two deep in Seattle territory that led to 10 points for Arizona. But believe it or not, Wilson had another exceptional game. He was under enormous pressure most the night, and still Wilson threw three touchdown passes, ran the read-option to perfection and made one remarkable completion on third down as he was falling down to keep a touchdown drive alive.
Browner trips himself: Cornerback Brandon Browner made a third-quarter interception at the 50 and appeared headed for a pick-six. Only one problem. He tripped and fell down just before reaching the end zone. No doubt his teammates will rib him about it. Even coach Pete Carroll was laughing at Browner on the sideline, but it was a huge interception that led to a 31-13 Seattle lead. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had picked on Browner all game, but tried it one time too many.
Sack-happy: The Seahawks' defensive front had its best game of the season, with seven sacks among eight players.
Prime-time heroes: The Seahawks now are 7-1 in games on Monday, Sunday and Thursday nights since Carroll took over as coach in 2010.
What’s next: The Seahawks will take a well-deserved three days off before returning to practice to prepare for a Monday night game in St. Louis on Oct. 28, another NFC West matchup. The big news of the week could be wide receiver Percy Harvin returning to practice in some capacity, which would bring tons of media attention as to whether Harvin might play at St. Louis. That’s unlikely, but speculation will be rampant.