Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
vs. Arizona Cardinals (6-3)
5:20 p.m. | Lumen Field| Seattle
TV: FOX, NFL Network| Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM
Stream: NFL Game Pass, Amazon Prime
The Seahawks are undefeated at Lumen Field.— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 20, 2020
Final: Seahawks hold off Cardinals' comeback attempt
Carlos Dunlap with the fourth-down sack and the Seahawks are going to pull out the win. Defense buckled down after Cardinals drove pretty easily to the Seattle 27.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 20, 2020
Dunlap the sack and thats that. Seattle will get the win and reclaim control of the NFC West.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Seahawks tack on field goal
Myers makes his 22nd straight field goal, this one from 41 yards out. It's 28-21 with 2:19 left.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Seahawks avoid costly fumble
Brandon Shell leaves with injury
Brandon Shell leaves with an injury. Ogbuehi in at RT.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Seahawks benefit from another Cardinals penalty for safety
Probably L.J. Collier's biggest play as a Seahawk to force the hold by J.R. Sweezy. Seattle up 25-21 and now gets the ball.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
What a turn of events. Ex-Seahawks J.R. Sweazy flagged for a hold in the end zone. That's a safety. Seahawks extend lead to 25-21, and they'll get the ball.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 20, 2020
Greg Olsen suffers injury, carted off
Ugh. Olsen hops out of the blue tent on one leg and then straight to a cart that will take him to the locker room.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Greg Olsen down and immediately waves for trainers.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Olsen being helped off and seems obviously upset.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Cardinals inch closer with wide-open touchdown
Arizona TD. Murray to a really wide open Chase Edmonds and it's 23-20.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Annnnd the Seahawks defense has arrived for the fourth quarter, apparently.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 20, 2020
90-yard touchdown drive for Arizona cuts Seahawks lead to 23-21. That missed extra point by Seattle may loom large.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 20, 2020
Adam Jude's third-quarter observations
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.
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.
End of third: Seahawks 23, Cardinals 14
END OF THIRD— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 20, 2020
Seahawks lead 23-14 end of three and have 272-253 edge in yards. Arizona with just 34 yards rushing. But Cardinals have a first down at Seattle 15 as 4th Q begins.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Carlos Hyde extends the Seahawks' lead
This time, it's #Seahawks helped by a penalty, and Hyde runs it in from the 2. Seattle, 23, Cardinals 14— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 20, 2020
Touchdown, Seahawks. Carlos Hyde, 2 yards.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 20, 2020
Carlos Hyde punches it in 👊— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 20, 2020
🏈 Hyde 💨 2 yards
📍 8 plays, 72 yards
3Q | Seahawks 23, Cardinals 14 https://t.co/0Bi0oYhvEv
Lots going on after the play Not entirely sure why, but flags being thrown, which might be good for Seattle, which was gonna be facing fourth and 2.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Things getting feisty here after that awkward tackle of Tyler Lockett, and DK Metcalf in the middle of it (and good for him, really).— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 20, 2020
Taunting on Dre Kirkpatrick is the call and Seattle a huge first down to the 17.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Cardinals take advantage of penalties with touchdown drive
Seahawks kicking themselves over the penalties on that drive as two big ones help Arizona move for a touchdown on a 4-yard pass to Dan Arnold.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Seahawks 16, Cardinals 14 early third. Arizona drive: 11 plays, 81 yards, 4:53 ... 30 of those yards came on Seahawks' penalties.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 20, 2020
Two extremely costly Seattle penalties lead to an Arizona touchdown drive on opening possession of second half. It's Seahawks 16, Cardinals 14.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 20, 2020
That hurts. Seattle had the three and out forced by Diggs called for unnecessary roughness on Hopkins as the play ends. First down Arizona at its own 33.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Bob Condotta's halftime observations
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.
Seahawks add FG before halftime
Metcalf never saw that. Hit him in the chest. Missed opportunity for Seahawks there. They settle for a field goal and a 16-7 halftime lead.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 20, 2020
Tyler Lockett with the toe tap!— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 20, 2020
🏈 Jason Myers from 27 yards
📍 7 plays, 78 yards
Halftime | Seahawks 16, Cardinals 7 https://t.co/0Bi0oYhvEv
Great play by KJ Wright to sniff out the third and 1 run by Murray and force Arizona to punt.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Seahawks force another three-and-out
Seahawks have forced three punts in four Arizona possessions. Who are these guys?— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 20, 2020
Seahawks with 68 yards on 13 carries and on pace for best runninng game in a while.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Tyler Lockett pulls in touchdown for Seahawks' lead
Cardinals tie it up
Short field and a couple of really nice plays by Murray allow Arizona to tie it up.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Adam Jude's first-quarter observations
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?
DK had Patrick Peterson beat
End of first: Seahawks 7, Cardinals 0
Seattle leads 7-0 at end of first Q. Second will begin with Arizona having a second-and-6 at Seattle 34.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
END OF FIRST— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 20, 2020
Arizona with just 23 yards on 10 plays in the first quarter. Feels like the best quarter of defense for Seahawks this year, all things considered.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Wilson deep to DK ... but that's coming back.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 20, 2020
Wilson with the apparent big gain to Metcalf but holding on Lewis brings it back.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
43-yard completion in which Metcalf beats Peterson goes for naught.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Seahawks defense forces another three-and-out
Seahawks punting on second possession
Best start for the Seahawks in the history of Lumen Field.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Cardinals go three-and-out
Seahawks show blitz then drop off on third down and Murray's pass is too high for Hopkins to get. Arizona three and out and will punt.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Seahawks rush just four on third-and-long ... and, hey, it worked. Murray off-target and AZ to punt.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 20, 2020
DK Metcalf touchdown opens the scoring
Seahawks 7, Cardinals 0. Seattle's best defense is Seattle's offense doing that all night (12 plays, 75 yards, 6:15 off the clock).— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 20, 2020
PAT good. Hard to beat the efficiency of that drive. Wilson 5-5 for 58 yards and a TD on a 12-play, 75-yard drive.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
This drive got off to a bad start with a sack on the first play. After that, vintage #Seahawks, capped by a Wilson-to-Metcalf touchdown pass.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 20, 2020
There's that DK Metcalf guy! Wilson scrambles and finds Metcalf in back of end zone for a TD. 6-0 Seattle with 8:45 to play in first.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Seahawks going no-huddle in first series
Wilson scrambles and its Lockett for 4 on third and 3. Two third down conversions for Seattle already.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Hyde picks up 5 to left side after three straight dropbacks, Seattle going nohuddle.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Seahawks convert the second and 16 with passes to Olsen and Hyde to the 38.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Wilson sacked on first play for loss of 6.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Arizona wins toss and defers. Seattle to get ball first.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Blitz raising 12 flag to honor Washington National Guard tonight. pic.twitter.com/OvZTp9ajF1— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
No surprises to starting defense, with DJ Reed again at LCB and Flowers at RCB with Griffin and Dunbar out.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2020
Damien Lewis gets surprise start at center
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.
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.
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.
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.
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