Week six for the Arizona Cardinals was a great example of a team being completely outcoached by their opponent. The Cardinals fell to the Seahawks, 19-9, in a game where they only led for 4 minutes.
Kliff Kingsbury’s offense failed to score a single touchdown against the worst defense in the entire NFL. The Cardinals had no problem driving the ball down the field as Arizona finished with more total yards than Seattle.
Kyler Murray did not have a bad game as he threw for 209 yards and ran for 100. This was only the second game of his career in which he ran for over 100.
However, it was the fact that Arizona missed out on crucial scoring opportunities. The Cardinals failed to convert on seven straight third-down conversions in the second half. Whether it was poor decisions made by Kyler on these attempts or poor play calling by Kingbury, the failure to finish off drives cost Arizona the game.
Kingsbury spoke about the struggling offense after the loss:
“Overall, we were just inconsistent as an offense…The standard is the standard. We have to play at a high level”
Defense stays hot
The Cardinals’ defense did exactly what they needed to do to give Arizona a chance to win the game. Seattle has a top ten offense in the league, averaging over 25 points per game entering this matchup.
Once again, Arizona’s defense found a way to limit the passing game. They held Geno Smith to less than 200 passing yards and zero touchdowns. Additionally, WR DK Metcalf had a season low of 34 receiving yards.
Allowing less than 20 points to a top five offense is just about all you can ask for.
Time to panic?
This was the perfect opportunity for the Cardinals to jump on top of the NFC West. Arizona has the second hardest schedule in the NFL, making it vital for them to win the games that they are the better team in.
The Cardinals finished 4-16 on third downs and 1-5 on fourth downs. Kingsbury has not been shy when it comes to taking risks on 4th downs, but, at what point do you just take the points? Arizona has seen this happen time and time again, and it continues to cost them the game.
Now, the Cardinals will have to have a short memory as they play again in only 4 days. This time, Arizona will face off against the New Orleans Saints in a Thursday night battle.