Seattle stomp past Cardinals, 33-22
By Bob Baum ,APGLENDALE, Arizona -- Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns, taking a measure of revenge for losing at Arizona in his debut last season and leading the Seahawks to a 33-22 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.
October 19, 2013, 12:42 am TWN
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards for Seattle, which improved to 6-1 this season and dropping Arizona to 3-4.
The Seahawks intercepted two of Carson Palmer's passes, converting both into touchdowns, and sacked him seven times, twice by Chris Clemons, who had in doubt for the game with an elbow injury.
Arizona got a touchdown and one of its three field goals after Wilson twice fumbled while being sacked deep in Seattle territory.
Palmer has thrown 11 interceptions over the past five games and 13 this season. Only New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (15) has thrown more.
The Cardinals suffered their seventh straight loss against an NFC West foe.
Wilson completed 18 of 29 passes for 235 yards, with no interceptions.
Palmer, 30 of 45 for 258 yards and a touchdown, was under duress most of the night, especially from the left side where young tackle Bradley Sowell struggled mightily.
Arizona took the opening kickoff and made it to its 40 before Tony McDaniel burst through virtually untouched to sack Palmer for a 14-yard loss.
Seattle took the ensuing punt and needed just five plays to go 83 yards. Wilson, throwing off his back foot while retreating to his right, connected with Sidney Rice for 31 yards for the score.
The next time Arizona had the ball, Brandon Browner stripped the ball from the intended receiver and Seattle's Earl Thomas gathered it in as he tumbled out of bounds. Initially it was ruled an incomplete pass, but the Seahawks challenged and the call was reversed to an interception at the Seattle 28-yard line.
Again, the Seahawks moved downfield, going 72 yards in 11 plays, Wilson throwing 15 yards to Zach Miller and Seattle led 14-0.
A strong defensive stand helped turn things around temporarily for the Cardinals. Seattle had it second-and-1 at its 43 but failed to get the first down on three straight runs.
The Cardinals struggled 26 yards to set up Jay Feely's 49-yard field goal that cut it to 14-3.
After the kickoff, the Seahawks were at their 13 when, on second down, Matt Shaugnessy laid a hit on Wilson and the quarterback fumbled. Campbell recovered at the Seattle 3 and Rashard Mendenhall scored from there to cut it to 14-10.
Steve Hauschka's 51-yard field goal with 5 seconds to go made it 17-10 at half time.
In the third quarter, Feely's 52-yard field goal cut it to 17-13, then Seattle went 80 yards in 10 plays.
On third-and-3 from the Cardinals 48, Wilson somehow got off a pass when being tackled, making a pass to Miller. Lynch went through the middle 17 yards to the 5 and on third-and-goal from inside the 1-yard line, Wilson threw to Kellen Davis in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to put the Seahawks up 24-13.
After the kickoff, Browner made another interception, returning it 49 yards before stumbling down at the 1. Two plays later, Lynch scored on a 2-yard run and it was 31-13.
Arizona got a late TD on Palmer's 8-yard pass to Jaron Brown.