Monday, November 16, 2009
Around the NFC West: Cardinals respond
By Mike Sando
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Arizona responded to a tough home crowd. Urban: "The Cards had 122 yards rushing. The defense had four sacks and two interceptions and, for all the yards the Seahawks piled up, gave up just two field goals after that gulp-inducing 14-0 start."
Also from Urban: Beanie Wells runs with bad intentions. The photo accompanying this story shows a snarling Wells about to plant Seahawks cornerback Josh Wilson. There is much to like about how Wells runs the football. Larry Fitzgerald: "They don’t want to hit him straight on, because honestly he’s breaking guys' facemasks when he runs through them. He’s 230 pounds running a 4.4, that’s pretty rough. I get the heck out of the way."
More from Urban: Arizona's defense tightened when it needed to. Urban: "The Cardinals weren’t thrilled with their defensive performance, although (Darnell) Dockett emphasized over and over that he was impressed with the Seahawks and their game plan. After holding the Seahawks to 128 total yards in the first meeting, the Cards surrendered 472 Sunday. But Seattle scored just that lone field goal in the second half, and twice came up with interceptions -- one by safety Antrel Rolle, one by safety Adrian Wilson -- to short-circuit any Seattle comeback hopes."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals finally found a way to play well at home, outscoring Seattle by a 31-6 margin to end the game. Wilson: "It wasn't the prettiest game, but it wasn't the ugliest game, either. We got the win, ended their season, and we're happy to get the win."
Also from Somers: first impressions of the Cardinals' victory, including recognition for rookie linebacker Will Davis. The team's run defense appeared to miss Gerald Hayes.
Bob McManamon of the Arizona Republic says Anquan Boldin took out his frustrations on the Seahawks. Boldin: "That's the resolve we have in this locker room. No matter what goes on, we know we have enough firepower to get things done, even if we don't start off the way we want to."
Also from McManamon and Somers: Arizona held the Seahawks to one touchdown in four red zone opportunities. Also, punter Ben Graham and linebacker Clark Haggans enjoyed strong games for the Cardinals.
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says Wells' performance stood out for the Cardinals. Bickley: "Four plays after his personal-foul penalty, he took the ball on fourth and 1 from the Seattle 10, bounced outside, burst around the corner and scampered untouched to glory. That play showcased his uncanny speed, tying the score at 17. On his second touchdown, Wells shed three tacklers on his way to the end, showcasing his uncanny strength."
Also from Bickley: Boldin's 37-yard reception stood out as the play of the game, particularly with Jordan Babineaux adding another 15 yards on a horse-collar tackle.