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Cardinals Fall Short To Seahawks, 20-10

The Arizona Cardinals were on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. This is the second straight road game against a division opponent for Arizona. Last week they lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 26-9. Seattle also lost their game last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, 17-13.

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First Quarter

The game started with three straight drives that ended with punts as both offenses look to find a groove after struggling last week. On the fourth possession of the game, Seattle was able to get the ball down the field as they scored on a three play, 61-yard drive. The drive was ended with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith to Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

The Seahawks were up 7-0 with 5:48 left in the first quarter. On the next drive the Cardinals offense would stall again and go three and out. Arizona would get a big time on the punt after the three and out.

This is the second week in a row that the Cardinals special teams unit was able to force a turnover. Arizona’s offense didn’t do much with the great field position and had to settle for a field goal. Seattle led 7-3 with 1:57 left in the first quarter.

Second Quarter

The Seahawks had a quick drive that ended in a punt after the Cardinals field goal. The Cardinals offense finally got going on the next drive. Arizona took eight plays to go 80 yards for the touchdown. The drive was capped off by a 25-yard run by Joshua Dobbs.

Dobbs ran the read-option to perfection on this play. Arizona led 10-7 with 9:11 left in the first half.

The Seahawks came right back with a nice drive of their own. They drove 76 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. The scoring play was a great pass from Geno Smith to Jake Bobo.

Initially Bobo was ruled to have caught the ball out of bounds. Seattle challenged the ruling on the field and the call was overturned. Bobo was able to get his left foot down as well as touch the toes of his right foot down while hauling in a one-handed catch with a defender draped on him. Seattle led 14-10 with 4:40 left in the second quarter.

On the following drive the Cardinals had a long drive that didn’t yield many yards. The drive was 13 plays for only 26 yards. A Hailmary attempt was knocked down by the Seahawks to end the half. Seattle 14 – Arizona 10.

Players of the Half

Seattle’s offense had a good half as Geno Smith was 12/15 for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Kenneth Walker III had 10 carries for 61 yards. The leading receiver was Jaxon Smith-Njigba with 4 receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown.

For the Cardinals, Joshua Dobbs was 8/18 for 64 yards. He also had 33 yards rushing and one touchdown. Outside of the one touchdown drive the offense didn’t really move the ball at all.

Third Quarter

The Seahawks received the kickoff to start the second half. Geno Smith carried his good play from the first half into the first drive of the third quarter. He passed for 58 yards and ran for 12 on this drive. The Cardinals defense stood up when it matter most and kept Seattle out of the end zone. Seattle settled for a field goal. Seahawks were up 17-10 with 7:23 left in the quarter.

Arizona started their first drive on the second half on their own 10-yard line. They went three and out and were forced to punt. The punt was returned to the Cardinals 35-yard line, setting Seattle up with great field position.

Seattle did not take advantage of the field position as Geno Smith threw an interception. This was the first interception of Garrett Williams’ career.

Seattle was up 17-10 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

The Cardinals were not able to move the ball after the interception. The drive was five plays for 17 yards and led to a punt.

On the following drive the Seahawks fumbled the snap and the fumble was recovered by the Cardinals.

For the first play on the next drive the Cardinals ran a screen play to tight end Trey McBride. McBride made all tight ends proud on National Tight End Day as he ran for 19 yards and hurdled a defender.

The great play by McBride was only worth something on the highlight reel as the drive stalled out and Cardinals kicker Matt Prater missed a 34-yard field goal.

Seattle’s ensuing drive was lackluster and led to a quick punt. The Cardinals drive was a bit longer as Seattle kept it alive for Arizona with a big illegal contact penalty. Arizona tried a fake punt on fourth and nine. It was a bad idea as the pass was completed well short of the first down marker.

After the failed fake punt attempt, Seattle was only able to gain 25 yards. The drive ended in a field goal attempt which was successful. Seahawks were up 20-10 with 2:17 left in the game. This was pretty much the end of the game.

The Cardinals fell to 1-6 on the season and Seattle’s record improved to 4-2.

Players of the Game

Geno Smith was great for the most part in this game. He went 18/24 for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Kenneth Walker III had 26 carries for 105 yards. The leading receiver was Jaxon Smith-Njigba who finished with four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinals didn’t have much to highlight on offense. Joshua Dobbs went 19/33 for 146 yards, Emari Demercado finished the game with 13 carries for 58 yards. Arizona’s leading receiver was Marquise Brown. Brown had three receptions for 49 yards.

Up Next

The Arizona Cardinals are home against the (5-2) Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are coming off of their best performance of the season. They defeated the Detroit Lions, 38-6.

The Seattle Seahawks are also home next week as they host the (4-2) Cleveland Browns.


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