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Arizona Cardinals Soar in Seattle
Cardinals 39 SeahawksÂ 32
By Stephanie Connery @AZLadyBirds
The Arizona Cardinals were on the road in Seattle this week in the NFL. The anticipation for this game was building up for a couple of weeks since we were on our bye week the week prior. The fact that it was a divisional rivalry game with Seattle in front of a national audience was just all the more reason to get amped!
I have been waiting to face the Seattle Seahawks with a healthy Cardinals team, even if we were playing on their home turf in the Clink (Century Link Field). This year I feel like we have found a strong sense of confidence going into games but it can also be said that the Cardinals are still humble and donâ€™t consider any game to be â€œin the bankâ€. Here are some takeaways from the trip to â€˜Emerald Cityâ€™.
Having a healthy Carson Palmer (QB) at the helm was a huge benefit going into this game. The last time we played Seattle was in Glendale, Arizona and we had to depend on our 3rd string QB Ryan LindleyÂ – And we all remember how that ended up. Not this time though. Palmer threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Floyd (WR) had two fantastic touchdown receptions, the first sneaking behind Richard Sherman and tapping his toes for a 27 yard TD and later a 35 yard catch-and-run touchdown, plowing over the pylon to cap a 19 point run in less than nine minutes (ESPN). Andre Ellington (RB) had a huge run for 48 yards that resulted in a touchdown at the end of the 4th with under 2 minutes remaining on the clock.
The Cardinals defense went to work that night as well. Defensive tackle Frostee Rucker got a sack for a safety after Russell Wilson fumbled the ball in the second quarter, and the defensive line pressure consistently harassed Wilson. â€œWe kept him moving around and rushing,â€ Rucker said. â€œWe didnâ€™t get sacks â€“ because thatâ€™s all people care about â€“ but we think we did our job. We were effective in getting him out of the pocket and containing him for the most partâ€ (Odegard). Tyrann Mathieu (S) showed us, yet again, that the â€œHoney Badgerâ€ still doesnâ€™t care. He intercepted an overthrown pass fromÂ Wilson in the 3rd that would lead to an Arizona field goal. Wilson was 14 of 32 for 240 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Overall, to say I was excited with how my Red Birds played in this game is an understatement. I stayed up way past my bedtime and had a wee bit too many celebratory beveragesâ€¦ But, it was so worth it! These two teams in the NFC West are on track to become the biggest rivals and I love it! With each game that we play we are showing that we arenâ€™t the â€œsame â€˜ol Cardinalsâ€. Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said, “This team has the character we had last year, but we’re healthy.” That is terrific to hear at this point in the season. Iâ€™m just looking ahead to one team, one game at a time. GO CARDS!
â€œFan Factâ€ – Arizona had 30 total first downs, the most against Seattle in regular season since 2010 (ESPN).
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