The Seahawks’ role just keeps going.
Seattle clinched its fourth straight win by using multiple long drives in the second half to beat the Cardinals 31-21 on Sunday in Arizona and improve its NFC West record to 6-3.
Seahawks beat the cards 31-21 | Check-in mid-season for the Hawks after the win
As we do after every Seahawks game, we’ve collected the instant reactions to the win from the voices of Seattle Sports. This time it’s a special edition just for Wyman and Bob, including weekly video from the press box of former NFL linebacker Dave Wyman, who is the color commentator for the Seahawks Radio Network.
See what Dave, Bob Stelton and producer Mike Lefko have to say below, and be sure to tune in to the 7:10 p.m. station or stream online all Monday to catch Brock and Salk (6-10 p.m.) , The Pete Carroll to get much more analysis Show (9:30 a.m.), Bump and Stacy (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Wyman and Bob (2 p.m. to 7 p.m.).
The Seahawks are now 6-3 and sitting on the NFC West. With that win, the Hawks achieved what I thought was their win of the season. And I was more optimistic (by a game) than the national consensus of five overall wins.
We were cautiously optimistic that these are indeed the Seahawks and not just beneficiaries of the opposition’s lack of key players and an overall declining year for the NFC. It seems clear that the Hawks are indeed as good and only getting better. While certainly not perfect, I noticed how they reacted to their opponents’ mistakes or big plays.
After a pick-six that gave the Cardinals a 14-10 lead in the second half, the Seattle offense grabbed touchdowns on three consecutive drives.
It appears this draft class is the best the Hawks have had since 2012, and it doesn’t seem close. Ken Walker III went for 109 yards and two touchdowns, Coby Bryant forced another fumble, Tariq Woolen held Cardinals WR Deandre Hopkins with four catches, 36 yards and a TD, and the two rookie tackles (Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas) helped, Keep Geno Smith clean and give him time to go through his progressions.
The Hawks continue to be one of the biggest surprises (if not the biggest) in the NFL this year, and they don’t seem close to peaking yet.
This team is good, really good. Amid the game’s greatest adversity, a pick-six that resulted in a Cardinals lead, the Seahawks continued to put together consecutive touchdown drives that broke their opponent’s will and cemented their claim to the NFC West.
Third down conversions were the story of the first duel these two teams had on October 16, and they once again played a crucial role. The Seahawks were 7 for 7 on third down conversions on the two touchdown drives after the interception. It was a mix of creative play calling, smart decision making from Geno Smith and Ken Walker’s grueling ability to punish a defense throughout the game.
Picture those two touchdown drives anywhere in the Seahawks facility to show the power of a synchronized offense: 13 plays, 75 yards, 6:35 and 13 plays, 81 yards in 6:46. Back-to-back scoring drives like this will get you a lot of games.
The defense was also strong, continuing the trend we’ve seen since the Cardinals’ first matchup nearly a month ago. After allowing 83 yards and a touchdown on the opening run, the defense locked in and didn’t allow another offensive result through the end of the fourth quarter. Another forced fumble, the league-leading 16th of the season, halted a potentially big swing for the Cardinals late in the first half, and the Seahawks’ defensive line came alive with four sacks.
It was also a tremendous effort from the secondary to contain DeAndre Hopkins, who absolutely shredded teams in his first two games after his suspension but finished with just four receptions on five goals for 36 yards
This team is looking more balanced and complete with each passing week, leading you to believe that the best days for the Seahawks are yet to come.
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