The Seahawks are fighting to climb back to 2-2. The Cardinals are trying to avoid an 0-4 start. Who will prevail? The away team has won every matchup since 2014. Follow here as Russell Wilson & Co. head to the desert for a divisional showdown.
1:05 p.m. | State Farm Stadium | Glendale, Ariz.
TV: FOX | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: fuboTV
Based on Arizona’s 2018 history, the Seahawks very well put this game away by going up seven. They may have put it away when they were in the red zone and the score tied at 10. The only reason the Cardinals have been able to score is because Sebastian Janikowski’s misses put them in prime field position. Otherwise, they’re just the team that came into the game averaging less than seven points per game. Janikowski probably owes his teammates a thank you note.
— Matt Calkins
1:00 | Seahawks 17, Cardinals 10 Mike Davis finds the pay dirt for the second time this game, giving the Seahawks the lead again.
Halftime thoughts from Bob Condotta as Arizona leads Seattle 10-7:
- Well that’s what Seattle didn’t want to do: Keep a winless and beleagured Arizona team in the game. The Cardinals have helped Seattle with some mistakes of their own, including a missed field goal from 50 yards out on the final play. But Arizona also has to feel as good about itself as any game all season heading into the half with the lead.
- And, well, we wonder again if the Seahawks have a kicking problem as Sebastian Janikowski has misses from 38 and 52 yards and is now 3-6 on the season after also missing a pair of extra points in the preseason finale. There was always going to be some risk in going with a 40-yard-old kicker who missed last season due to injury and so far he hasn’t solved the kicking issues that have vexed Seattle since the end of the 2016 season and the loss of Stephen Hauschka to free agency.
- Seattle can hardly ask for more out of its running attack with 95 yards on 17 carries. But that’s not helping Seattle convert third downs as the Seahawks are 0-5 on third down and also 0-1 on fourth down.
- Seattle has just one sack and three quarterback hits against rookie Josh Rosen, playing his first game. Rosen has had time to make throws in a few situations and while he is just 6-13 for 50 yards has made a few plays to keep the Arizona offense afloat.
The Arizona Cardinals entered Sunday’s game as the worst statistical rushing team in the NFL.
And yet …
In the first half against the Seahawks, Arizona racked up 67 rushing yards and a touchdown and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. This comes a week after the Cowboys ripped off 167 rushing yards and 8.7 yards per carry in a loss at Seattle.
— Mike Vorel
1:52 | Cardinals 10, Seahawks 7 After review, the Cardinals take their first lead of the game.
5:29 | Seahawks 7, Cardinals 3 The Seahawks’ kicking woes continued on Sunday. First-year Seahawk Sebastian Janikowski, who was 3 for 4 on field goals entering the game, missed a 38-yarder and a 52-yarder in the first half of the game against Arizona. The 40-year-old Janikowski connected on his only extra point. — Mike Vorel
First-quarter thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- It’s obviously going to be a big topic of discussion that the Seahawks went with Mike Davis to start at tailback instead of first-round pick Rashaad Penny in place of the injured Chris Carson. Davis made the decision look good so far with 58 yards on seven carries. But it doesn’t make the decision to take Penny where they did look any better.
- The Will Dissy injury could be a real killer as he has been a solid blocker as well as surprisingly effective receiver. Expect Seattle to promote Darrell Daniels to active roster this week. And this makes the return of Ed Dickson — which he can do after the sixth game — all that more important if Dissly is out for any length of time.
- Seattle not getting a real consistent pass rush especially when bringing just four.
4:34 | Seahawks 7, Cardinals 0 Seattle is unable to take a hold on the game after scoring and forcing a turnover. First, Mike Davis went 20 yards for a score. Then Tre Flowers forced a fumble. But the Seahawks are eventually forced to attempt a field goal, and Sebastian Janikowski misses from 38 yards.
8:06 | Seahawks 0, Cardinals 0 Seattle rookie tight end Will Dissly was carted off the field in the first quarter after suffering an apparent right knee injury.
Dissly landed awkwardly after a tackle by Arizona free safety Antoine Bethea after making a reception good for a five-yard gain.
The injury leaves Seattle with just one tight end on the roster, Nick Vannett, after Seattle earlier this week waived Darrell Daniels to make room on the roster for defensive end Branden Jackson, who was needed for depth to short up that injury-riddled position.
Dissly was Seattle’s second-leading receiver in terms of yards entering the game with 151. — Bob Condotta
9:52 | Seahawks 0, Cardinals 0 Jarran Reed’s hot start to the season continues, as he gives Josh Rosen an NFL welcome and gets his third sack of 2018, forcing Arizona to punt.
11:29 | Seahawks 0, Cardinals 0 If the thought was that Rashaad Penny would get the start at tailback with Chris Carson inactive, the Seahawks pulled a surprise with veteran Mike Davis instead getting the call.
Davis carried on Seattle’s first three plays of the game with gains of seven and 16 before being held to no gain.
Penny then came in and had a run of nine yards before the Seattle drive was stopped at the 44.
Davis and Penny figure to rotate all game with C.J. Prosise the only other available tailback. — Bob Condotta
11:45 a.m. In what was a mild surprise, tailback Chris Carson is inactive for the Seahawks for Sunday’s game at Arizona.
Carson was listed as questionable by the Seahawks with a hip injury that had him out or limited in practice all week. But Carson spoke to reporters after Friday’s practice and indicated he was feeling better, and coach Pete Carroll had also seemed to indicate Carson would play.
It was reported on the FOX broadcast that Carson “tried to make a go of it,” warming up for about 30 minutes but in noticeable discomfort.
Carson had a career-high 32 carries last Sunday against Dallas.
Carson being inactive means the Seahawks will likely start rookie Rashaad Penny at tailback. Seattle has just two other healthy tailbacks on its roster — Mike Davis and C.J. Prosise.
Seattle’s other inactives are: WR Keenan Reynolds, safety Shalom Luani, linebacker K.J. Wright, offensive lineman Ethan Pocic and defensive ends Dion Jordan and Rasheem Green.
Reynolds and Luani are healthy scratches to get down to the gameday limit of 46 while the others are all due to injury.
Among those active is receiver Doug Baldwin, who Carroll on Friday had said would play for the first time since spraining his MCL in the opener against Denver. — Bob Condotta
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