Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, November 7— about your Seattle Seahawks.
Media Reactions To Seattle's 31-21 Win over the Arizona Cardinals
The Seahawks extended their win streak to four games Sunday, sweeping divisional foe Arizona Cardinals for the year with a 31-21 road victory. Seattle remains atop the NFC West, as the team continues to further gel and improve with each passing week.
Quarterback Geno Smith continues to lead Seattle's red-hot offense, completing 26-34 passes for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. Smith found seven different targets Sunday, including wideout Tyler Lockett, who recorded his third-consecutive game with five or more receptions. Smith shook off a third quarter pick-six to maintain control of the game, for which Seahawks coach Pete Carroll praised the veteran.
"It's exactly what he wants to show you and what you need to see from him," said Carroll. "We know that he's going to come through, just give him a chance. What a bounce back. What a fantastic finish to this game. I think we converted seven straight third downs to end the game, and that's awesome."
Running back Kenneth Walker III continues to have a breakout rookie campaign, scoring a touchdown for the fifth-consecutive game, as he carried the ball 26 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Sunday's performance pushes Walker to No. 4 on the rushing touchdowns rankings (7).
"It's so fun to watch him," said Carroll. "Because he just keeps slipping and seeing things. It looks like he's going to score on every single play. We were fortunate to get him (going) on the ground. He's going to be a really good player."
Seattle once again had Arizona's number in Week 9, dominating in nearly every statistical category. Seattle accumulated 421 total offensive yards; going 10-15 on third downs and winning the time of possession clock (34:31).
Seattle's defense continues to improve as the season progresses, sacking Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray five times. Offseason acquisition linebacker Uchenna Nwosu continues to blossom, surpassing his career-high of 5 sacks, recording two on Murray to climb to 7. Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Bruce Irvin recorded his first sack of the 2022 season, just days after being signed to the active roster in his third stint with the team.
Seattle allowed just one coverage sack, as rookie tackles Charles Cross & Abe Lucas gave Smith plenty of time in the pocket for the majority of the game. But it was offensive guard Damien Lewis that stole the show, earning Pro Football Focus' highest-offensive grade for the Seahawks in Week 9 (88.8).
Coach Carroll discussed the improvement of the offensive line.
"It's so important," said Carroll. "To stay with the running game and keep working at the adjustments, and making everyone get familiar of what's going on, so that you have it to finish the game. When I talk about running the football, I'm not talking about running the football in the first or second quarter, that's not what it is. It's so that you have it to win football games. That's where you can really play championship football. That's how to complete the opportunity. That's what started as 'I'm so fired up about that Coach,' we've done it at the last event. We won by 10 or more three times now, so we have a chance to run the clock out and the guys are doing it. This finish was my favorite one. I just felt like we were so complete, all of the last three times we had the football. Those guys have been doing it. Geno (Smith) hopping around, changing the plays, doing all of this stuff. You see them going through all the motions that have to be coordinated. There's a lot involved in it, and the guys are doing it."
Arizona was held to 15 first downs compared to 27 for Seattle, going 6-14 on third down and punting six times. Arizona struggled to show discipline, committing 12 penalties for 77 yards.
"We played good football today," said Carroll. "I'm really pleased to see that comeback again, going from one down and being able to find a way to win the game. The last couple of weeks we have been playing really good ball. It's so pleasing that we've arrived here. What happened today, as we saw, we responded after turning the ball over for a touchdown, our guys just went for it. They finished the game. They were able to finish, by running the football and taking care of the ball and not letting them have it. We were getting after the quarterback. It all took place in the fourth quarter there, so I really cherish the finish we were able to put together. We had three drives, we were 13-for-75, 13-for-80 something, and the last one we went for 85. We have to give credit to the guys up front. They did a great job and they really came through, the run and pass, protected the quarterback and all the different actions that they had. (QB) Geno (Smith) had a huge game for us and did all of his numbers again. There was a marvelous third down conversion. Tyler (Lockett) was phenomenal on third downs today. (RB) Kenneth (Walker III) did a great job running the ball, he's hard to get down. As you can see there's a lot of twists and turns and he's just liable to break at any time and I'm excited to watch him play. The defense continues to do it. We continue to play good football. You gave up a score in the first drive, but they did a fantastic job. A fine job all the way around."
The 6-3 Seahawks travel abroad this week, heading to Munich to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Germany. Seattle looks to help grow the game of American football internationally, but most importantly, earn another win.
Here's what Pacific Northwest and national media had to say following the game:
Scott Thompson of Fox Sports: Dallas Cowboys Legend Michael Irvin backs Seahawks’ Geno Smith for 2022 Comeback Player of the Year.
Corbin Smith of Sports Illustrated: 'Heartbeat of This Team': Unflappable Geno Smith Sets Tone as Surging Seahawks Discard Cardinals.
Zach Dimmitt of Sports Illustrated: Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III: ‘I don’t feel like a rookie” after win over Cardinals’.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Seahawks’ Tariq Woolen, Noah Fant come up with big plays in Week 9
Stacy Rost of Seattle Sports 710AM: Just as surprising as Seahawks’ 6-3 start is that offense is better.
Brandon Gustafson of Seattle Sports 710AM: Seahawks at Midseason: Details on standouts, latest win, NFC West lead.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times: These Seahawks are not a fluke or an illusion. They’re the real deal.
Kenny Mayne & Amanda Guerra of CBS Sports: Reaction to Seahawks season so far.
Tyler Dragon of USA Today Sports: Quarterback Geno Smith shows Seahawks transformation after costly interception.
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Check out the best sights from the sidelines and locker room following a 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on November 6, 2022.