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Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 27, Cardinals 10

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GLENDALE—The Seahawks bounced back from last week’s loss in a big way, scoring early and often on the way to a 27-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium.

The win, which improved Seattle’s record to 3-1, continued the Seahawks’ road dominance over Arizona, improving their record to 6-0-1 since their last loss to the Cardinals in this building, Russell Wilson’s first game in 2012. 

A lot of things went well for the Seahawks, including a very strong overall performance by the defense, which was outscoring Arizona’s offense until the 10:21 mark of the fourth quarter; another efficient day for Wilson, who went 22 of 28 for 240 yards and a touchdown, giving him a 114.3 passer rating; and plenty of other strong performances, which brings us to our five rapid reactions from Sunday’s win in the desert:

1. Chris Carson is back.

Throughout the week, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made it clear that running back Chris Carson still had the team’s unwavering support despite a rocky start to the season.

On Sunday, Carson showed why the Seahawks weren’t going to give up on him even after three lost fumbles in the first three games, the last of which was returned for a touchdown in last week’s loss to the Saints.

Carson bounced back from the rough start in a huge way Sunday, carrying 22 times for 104 yards, and catching four passes for 41 more. He was fast, elusive, powerful, and most importantly, secure with the ball.

If Carson’s fumble last week showed how critical turnovers can be in the NFL, his performance Sunday showed how much he can mean to Seattle’s offense when he’s right.

2. Will Dissly had a much better time in Arizona this year.

Almost a year to the day after coming off of this same field with a season-ending injury, tight end Will Dissly had a much more enjoyable game at State Farm Stadium.

Dissly, who tore his patellar tendon in a Week 4 win at Arizona during his rookie season, didn’t just make it through the game this time, he had a career-high seven catches for 57 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown grab.

Dissly now has four touchdown catches this season, and six in eight career games.

3. Jadeveon Clowney and the D-line made some big plays.

It’s not exactly breaking news that Jadeveon Clowney is a heck of an athlete. He was, after all, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. But if anyone needed a reminder that he’s a special talent, Seattle’s recent trade acquisition provided it in a big way in the first quarter. With K.J. Wright providing pressure with a blitz off the edge, Kyler Murray rushed a throw that Clowney was able to reach out and snag from close range, then return for a 27-yard score.

Clowney’s was the most significant big play by the defense, but hardly the only one made by the D-line. Rasheem Green made an impressive play to track down the elusive Murray for a first-half sack, rookie L.J. Collier made a great diving tackle for a run stop, and Ziggy Ansah recorded his first sack as a Seahawk on the final play of the game.

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4. Mychal Kendricks is a really good blitzer.

A big reason why the Seahawks have played so much base defense this season is that they really like having Mychal Kendricks on the field along with Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, and Kendricks rewarded Seattle with a big performance against the Cardinals. Kendricks recorded a pair of sacks, nearly had one more, and also chipped in with six tackles.

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5. The Seahawks played a much cleaner game this week.

The Seahawks lost last week not just because New Orleans did a lot right, but also because they found a lot of ways to beat themselves. There was the Carson fumble returned for a score, a punt returned for a touchdown, a penalty on a missed field goal that gave the Saints a new set of downs, leading to an eventual touchdown, and several other miscues.

And while the Seahawks didn’t play a perfect game on Sunday, they for the most part avoided the back-breaking errors that cost them a game last week. Most importantly, the Seahawks didn’t turn the ball over after losing four fumbles in the previous three games. The Seahawks also went the entire first half without a penalty—though a pair of defensive penalties in the fourth quarter did contribute to Arizona’s only touchdown—and overall they just did a good job of staying out of their own way.

6. The Seahawks Came Out Healthy

Postgame, Carroll said his club came out of Sunday's contest healthy, a noteworthy feat given Seattle's recent history in Glendale, where Dissly and former Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas suffered significant injuries last year, and where former Seahawks defensive backs Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman were injured in 2017.

Running back Rashaad Penny, who was inactive for Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, "will be ready to play," Carroll said, when the Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday at CenturyLink Field.

Fan photos from the Seattle Seahawks' road game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season at State Farm Stadium.

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