Sunday, November 14, 2010

SEAHAWKS: Seahawks squash Cardinals in win

In perhaps the most important game of the season so far, the Seahawks manned up and destroyed the Cardinals 36-18 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Mike Williams just abused the Cardinals with his 11 receptions for 145 yards. Basically the Seahawks’ game plan was “throw it to Mike Williams and hope for the best.” Well, they got the best as he routinely just leapt over receivers to snatch the ball away. He made the first backhand catch I have ever seen, and became Matt Hasselbeck’s best friend.

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The game started off badly as the Cardinals scored a touchdown on their opening drive set up by a 33 yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald. Last year, the Seahawks would have given up and probably have gone three and out.

Not Pete Carroll’s Seahawks.

The Hawks responded with an intimidating 12 play, 77 yard drive in which they converted three third downs and got Mike Williams three catches.

After that, the Cardinals folded. The Cards never converted a third down until the second half and let Derek Andersen get sacked 5 times. The Seahawks defense routinely sent out 6 defensive backs in a “nickel package” which apparently confused Andersen and Arizona’s offensive linemen, which led to multiple mistakes by the Cardinals.

The Seahawks offense was perhaps more dominating than their defense. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 333 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. This was by far his best game in over two years. The only cause for concern is Matt had to leave the game late in second quarter because he reportedly shattered his left wrist (His non-throwing hand) on a failed QB sneak attempt. Charlie Whitehurst would come into the game for two series, only to be replaced by Hasselbeck who had a cast on his wrist. The severity of his injury is still pending.

Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett got in on the action as they combined rushed for over 90 yards and two touchdowns. Forsett was especially electric, bursting through the hole like he was shot out of a gun or something. All this to say the Seahawks offense turned in their best performance of the season as they churned out 490 yards of offense.

This win gives the Seahawks a 5-4 record and sole possession of the very meek NFC West. Next week the Hawks play the Saints in New Orleans.

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