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Keys to victory: Seahawks 34, Cardinals 22

10/18/2013

What were the biggest statistical keys for the Seattle Seahawks in their win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night?

Russell Wilson was sharp

Russell Wilson threw for three touchdown passes, the most he has thrown in a road game in his two-year career.

Russell Wilson

Wilson

Wilson was able to connect with receivers along or near the sidelines. He was 13-for-20 for 181 yards and two touchdowns on throws that were to the outside of the painted numbers.

He was also 5-for-7 on throws at least 15 yards downfield, with a pair of touchdowns. In his previous three games, Wilson had completed 31 percent of such throws with a touchdown and interception.

Lynch a bulldozer runner

Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and a score. Of those 91 yards, 78 came after contact. That's the second-most rushing yards after contact in a game this season, trailing only Adrian Peterson's 93 yards in Week 4 against the Steelers.

Coming into the game, 38 percent of Lynch's rushing yards this season had come after contact.

Lynch has seven touchdowns this season, the most in the NFC. The other four players with at least that many touchdowns all play in the AFC West.

The Seahawks have six consecutive games with 125 or more yards rushing, the longest active streak in the NFL.

Key unit: Seahawks defensive line

The Seahawks recorded seven sacks, six of which were with four or fewer pass-rushers, their second most in a game in the past seven seasons.

Carson Palmer was put under duress or sacked in 27 of his 54 dropbacks.

Palmer had his fifth straight game with multiple interceptions, the first quarterback with such a streak since Vinny Testaverde for the 2000 Jets.