Sunday, October 24, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 22, Cardinals 10
By Mike Sando
SEATTLE -- A quick look at the Arizona Cardinals-Seattle Seahawks game at Qwest Field in Week 7:
What it means: The Seahawks take over sole possession of first place in the NFC West with a 4-2 record, outperforming expectations. This game would have meant more in the NFC West race if the Cardinals had pulled an upset. Seattle essentially held serve by winning at home. With a road game against Oakland in Week 8, the Seahawks have a shot at maintaining their lead in the division even if Arizona beats Tampa Bay at home.
Tomorrow's Talker: The Cardinals' decision to release Matt Leinart isn't the reason Arizona is struggling on offense. It's not like Leinart would be lighting up defenses. Still, would the offense be any worse with No. 7 under center? Max Hall and Derek Anderson struggled Sunday. Hall was overmatched while completing 4 of 16 passes before leaving with his second injury in as many starts. The Cardinals' offense has not scored a touchdown with Hall at quarterback. Anderson started quickly in relief Sunday, but his play deteriorated over the course of the second half. Rainy, noisy conditions did not help. Anderson does have an NFL arm. Hall has not shown he has the physical ability to lead an offense. What to do?
Injurie(s) of note: The Seahawks lost starting left tackle Russell Okung after he injured his ankle early in the game. Seattle's performance on the line suffered from the absence. Marshawn Lynch had a 39-yard run to the left side when Okung was still in the game. He had trouble finding much room once Okung departed.
What I liked: Seattle's Mike Williams and Arizona's Alan Branch played up to their draft status. Williams dominated matchups against every defender he faced, including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Branch showed pass-rush moves I hadn't seen from him previously.
What I didn't like: This was a sloppy game with far too many penalties and special-teams miscues. The Cardinals' inability to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald also stood out. He was largely a wasted talent in this game.
What's next: The Seahawks visit Oakland while the Cardinals face Tampa Bay at University of Phoenix Stadium.