Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
vs. Arizona Cardinals (6-3)

5:20 p.m. | Lumen Field| Seattle

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Final: Seahawks hold off Cardinals' comeback attempt

Seahawks tack on field goal

Seahawks avoid costly fumble

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Brandon Shell leaves with injury

Seahawks benefit from another Cardinals penalty for safety

Greg Olsen suffers injury, carted off

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Cardinals inch closer with wide-open touchdown

Adam Jude's third-quarter observations

Cardinals defensive end Angelo Blackson sacks Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for a loss of six yards on the first play of the game as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals for Thursday Night Football at Lumen Field in Seattle. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Cardinals defensive end Angelo Blackson sacks Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for a loss of six yards on the first play of the game as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals for Thursday Night Football at Lumen Field in Seattle. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Tale of two halves?

The Seahawks played just about a perfect Pete Carroll-type game in the first half. It’s all about complementary football — Seattle’s offense helping the Seattle defense by slowing down the tempo, maintaining possession and taking care of the football.

With the way things have been going for Seattle’s defense, that was exactly the kind of half the Seahawks needed. Question was: Could they keep it up against Kyler Murray and this explosive Arizona offense? Well, sort of. Arizona drove 81 yards on the opening drive of the second half, scoring on Kyler Murray’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Dan Arnold, cutting Seattle’s lead to 16-14. The drive was aided by two personal-foul penalties on the Seahawks — one on Quandre Diggs and the other on Bobby Wagner.

Diggs’ late hit on DeAndre Hopkins was particularly egregious; it happened at the end of an incompletion, which would have meant a quick three-and-out. Instead, Arizona had new life, and they were driving again into Seattle territory to close out the third quarter.

It goes both ways

The Seahawks, on their first drive of the second half, benefited from a dumb penalty, too. Arizona’s Dre Kirkpatrick drew a 15-yard tanning penalty after a heated exchanged with DK Metcalf. That came after Tyler Lockett was tackled awkwardly on third down — a couple yards short of the first down — with Metcalf appearing to step in to protect Lockett. Two plays later, Carlos Hyde scored from 2 yards out to extend the Seahawks’ lead to 23-14.

Hail Metcalf

All Hail Metcalf. DK Metcalf set up the late field goal to close out the first half by drawing a pass-interference penalty on Arizona veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson. Metcalf, shut down by Peterson in their first meeting last month, then opened the second half with a slick catch-and-run for a 22-yard gain. Indeed, Metcalf appears back in rare form.

—Adam Jude

End of third: Seahawks 23, Cardinals 14

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Carlos Hyde extends the Seahawks' lead

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Cardinals take advantage of penalties with touchdown drive

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Bob Condotta's halftime observations

Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett scores a touchdown past Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson in the second quarter Thursday night at Lumen Field in Seattle. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett scores a touchdown past Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson in the second quarter Thursday night at Lumen Field in Seattle. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Defense's best half of the year

All things considered, that was the best half of defense this year for the Seahawks, holding the Cardinals to just seven points and only 107 yards and 4.3 per play.

Seattle was intimidating at times -- Quandre Diggs made the kind of big hit that’s been lacking too often this season, on tight end Dan Arnold hard from behind to jar the ball loose on what could have been a first down for Arizona inside the Seattle 30 late in the second quarter. Arizona punted a play later.

And they were smart, such as K.J. Wright showing veteran awareness to keep the edge and not get fooled on the next series when Kyler Murray kept the ball on a third-and-one run, Wright making the tackle for a 2-yard loss.

Balance, balance, balance

Pete Carroll said this week he wanted to get back to being more balanced.

And the Seahawks did exactly that in the first half with 95 yards on 17 carries complementing 125 yards passing by Wilson on 17 attempts (as well as another 46 in PI penalty yards).

Carlos Hyde’s return has helped spark the running game with 38 yards on eight carries while Bo Scarbrough has been something of a revelation with another 18 on three.

The running game is taking advantage of a banged-up Arizona defensive line -- starting nose tackle Corey Peters and starting defensive tackle Jordan Phillips were each placed on injured reserve before the game.

It could be Seattle’s best rushing game since the Seahawks had 200 yards on 30 attempts in the first game against the Cardinals.

Wilson rebounding nicely

So far, the question of how Wilson would rebound after 10 turnovers in the last four games is getting the answer Seahawks fans hoped for.

Wilson has been near flawless, completing 14 of 17 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns while also smartly running another five times for 26 yards.

Wilson now has 30 touchdown passes for the season.

And with two in the game, he now has 81 games with two or more touchdown passes in his career, second-most in the first nine seasons of an NFL career in league history behind only Peyton Manning's 83. Wilson had been locked in a tie at 80 with Dan Marino.

—Bob Condotta

Seahawks add FG before halftime

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Seahawks force another three-and-out

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Tyler Lockett pulls in touchdown for Seahawks' lead

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Cardinals tie it up

Adam Jude's first-quarter observations

'The Lu'

Welcome to the newly rebranded Lumen Field. The CLink is no more. We are open to any and all nickname suggestions you might have, but the favorite so far here is The Lu. Better than The Loo, yeah?

DK's back, all right

And, yes, the Seahawks are off to their best start in the history of Lumen Field (stole that from Condotta). Despite taking a sack on the first snap of the game — a snap that came from first-time rookie center Damien Lewis — Russell Wilson led the Seahawks 75 yards on an efficient and balanced opening drive. The Seahawks ate up 6:15 of the clock over the course of their 12 plays, working in the running game with Carlos Hyde and Bo Scarbrough. Wilson scrambled away from pressure and found DK Metcalf for a 25-yard score, beating the zone coverage of Budda Baker in the back right corner of the end zone. Wilson had 6.57 seconds to throw on the play — well, he created 6.57 seconds to throw — to buy Metcalf time to get open. That was Metcalf’s first touchdown in four games against Arizona, who have shut down the star receiver better than anyone.

Good start on defense

Who are these guys? The Seahawks came to play on defense tonight, forcing Arizona to go three-and-out on each of its first two possessions. Seattle even got a sack — whoa!!! — of Kyler Murray on the second drive. That was courtesy of L.J. Collier. Carlos Dunlap has made his presence known early too, and the Seahawks defense looks as energized as it has all season. Can it last?

—Adam Jude

DK had Patrick Peterson beat

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End of first: Seahawks 7, Cardinals 0

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Seahawks defense forces another three-and-out

Seahawks punting on second possession

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Cardinals go three-and-out

DK Metcalf touchdown opens the scoring

Seahawks going no-huddle in first series

Damien Lewis gets surprise start at center

Seahawks offensive guard Damien Lewis gets ready to take the field before the Seattle Seahawks take on the Dallas Cowboys Sunday September 27, 2020 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks offensive guard Damien Lewis gets ready to take the field before the Seattle Seahawks take on the Dallas Cowboys Sunday September 27, 2020 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

In a surprise move, the Seahawks opened the game with their third different starting center in three weeks, going with rookie Damien Lewis in place of the injured Ethan Pocic and Kyle Fuller.

Fuller started against the Rams with Pocic out with a concussion but suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half. He made it through the game but was listed as questionable this week, and coach Pete Carroll had said intriguingly on Wednesday that he would be available “if we need him.’’

That seemed to hint at the team having made other plans on how to go at center, though the choice of Lewis was something of a surprise.

Lewis, a third-round pick out of LSU, started the first nine games at right guard and has never started a game at center.

Lewis played solely guard during his two years at LSU as well as his two seasons at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Seattle on Wednesday activated Phil Haynes off injured reserve, and he worked as the backup center. Fuller was in uniform but appeared to be active only to be used in an emergency.

With Lewis starting at center, the Seahawks started Jamarco Jones at right guard in his place.

Jones had three previous regular season starts, two at right guard and one at left tackle, also started both playoff games last year at left guard.

The other three offensive line spots were the same -- left tackle Duane Brown, left guard Mike Iupati and right guard Brandon Shell.

—Bob Condotta

Inactives: Chris Carson out, Carlos Hyde and Tyler Lockett in

The Seahawks had hoped Chris Carson might return for Thursday night’s game against Arizona, though he was listed as questionable.

Instead, Carson was among the team’s seven inactive players for the game, missing his fourth straight since suffering a midfoot sprain during the first game against Arizona on Oct. 25.

However, among the active players was receiver Tyler Lockett and center Kyle Fuller, who each also had been listed as questionable for the game.

Seattle’s other inactive players were center Ethan Pocic (concussion), cornerback Shaquill Griffin (hamstring), running back Travis Homer (wrist/thumb/knee), guard Jordan Simmons (calf) and two healthy scratches in tight end Colby Parkinson and defensive end Jonathan Bullard.

With Fuller active he will apparently again get the start at center with Pocic out.
Carson and Homer being out leaves Seattle with three running backs in Carlos Hyde, DeeJay Dallas and Bo Scarbrough, who was elevated off the practice squad on Thursday.

Carson is Seattle’s leading rusher of its running backs with 323 yards but was surpassed last week by quarterback Russell Wilson as the team’s leading rusher -- Wilson has 325.

—Bob Condotta

Seahawks put Quinton Dunbar on injured reserve, add Snacks Harrison for game vs. Cardinals

The Seahawks made a few roster moves a few hours before their kickoff Thursday night against the visiting Arizona Cardinals, including placing cornerback Quinton Dunbar on injured reserve.

Dunbar has dealt with a knee injury all season and will miss his second consecutive game. Going on IR means he will miss at least two more games before he can return.

The Seahawks also elevated defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison and running back Bo Scarbrough off the practice squad for Thursday night’s game.

Read more here.

—Bob Condotta

What to watch for when the Seahawks play the Cardinals — plus Bob Condotta’s prediction

Here’s one trend the Seahawks hope continues as they head into a key NFC West clash Thursday night against Arizona — Russell Wilson has never lost three straight games.

The Wilson-era Seahawks have lost two in a row eight times previously before the current streak but the streak has always stopped there, including last year, when Seattle lost the last two of the regular season, then won at Philadelphia in a wild-card playoff game.

Here’s one they hope ends — Arizona has won four of the last five games against the Seahawks in Seattle, including 27-13 last December. That was a streak Seattle countered by going 6-0-1 in Arizona from 2013-19.

Let’s take a look at some of the keys to Thursday’s game.

—Bob Condotta