Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball as cornerback Jerraud Powers #25 of the Arizona Cardinals defends during a game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.
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PHOENIX - It was a game that many of us were looking toward as a statement game for the Arizona Cardinals. Taking on the best team in the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks on a short week and at home.
And it was a prime time Thursday night nationally televised game that could potentially give the Cardinals some credence when it comes to the NFL.
Unfortunately, Seattle dominated from their first possession! The Seahawks finish with 344 yards of offense but it was never a close game in terms of knowing which was the better team on the field. Sure, the score was 17-10 at halftime and then 17-13 early in the third quarter, but it was clear to everyone in the stadium that the Seahawks were better! Maybe not to some die hard Cards' fans, but to those that could watch with an unbiased eye, the Seahawks are the best team in the Division.
The telling statistic came in the rushing game: the Seahawks finished with 135 yards rushing (Marshawn Lynch accounted for 91 yards himself), while the Cardinals were never able to establish anything on the ground, finishing with just 30 yards rushing! Rashard Mendenhall led the Cardinals with a mere 22 yards on 13 carries, a measly 1.7 yards per carry.
The poor performance on the ground allowed Seattle's defense to literally come after Carson Palmer with little regard for a run. Seattle sacked the Cardinals' quarterback seven times and intercepted him twice. Palmer finished the game with one touchdown pass(which came in the fourth quarter) and two interceptions. He now has 13 on the season, second only to Eli Manning's 15.
At some point in time, you wonder if it would have been good to give Drew Stanton a shot at taking some snaps? The Cardinals' back-up signal caller could have taken some snaps when the game got out of hand, but then again, that may have fueled the fire for fans who are already tiring of Palmer!
As I said, we now have a better idea of where the Cardinals are as a team. Granted it's not a good picture, especially when you consider the fact that Arizona hasn't won a Division game since September 9, 2012 when they beat Seattle 20-16 here at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cards have now lost 8 straight NFC West games and that's not good if you're trying to make the play-offs.
Bottom line for me, I'm still believing the same thing I did in July; the Cardinals will finish with six or seven wins this season. I said then, and I'll say it again, they might be a better team than last year's version, but the win-loss column may not show it.
Seattle 34 - Arizona 22. The Cardinals fall to 3-4 on the season with Atlanta coming to town in just ten days. Time to get some guys healthy and hopefully snatch a win from an underperforming Falcons team!
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