After a narrow win for the Seattle Seahawks, they find themselves leaving Glendale with a .500 record. It was an interesting game as both teams were being competitive both offensively and defensively. With the Seahawks barely winning the game, there are many positives and negatives that occurred during the match-up. The Seahawks should be proud of themselves because this is their first road win in the month of September since five years ago. Winning on the road is an accomplishment, regardless of the opponent.
1. Third down conversions
The Seahawks were pretty decent overall in the game as they played consistent on first and second downs. However, the problem was encountering the third downs in this game. Seattle finished the game with completing 0 conversions out of 10 tries and this has been a lingering issue for the team for most of the season. This easily allowed the Cardinals to get back into the game as they had the momentum on their side for most of the game due to Seattle’s struggles on the offensive side. It’s good that Seattle won the game, however, if they want any chance competing in their future games, they need to be more consistent with converting third downs.
It’s hard to believe that Seattle ended up with more rushing yards than passing yards this game considering the fact that Seattle’s run game has basically been non-existent these past few seasons. However, Seattle utilized both Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny as they combined for 30 carries for 150 yards. That’s an average of five yards per carry and we can all agree that Seattle did a good job utilizing the run game. Last week against the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle ran the ball well and controlled the momentum of the game which resulted in an easy win. This time around, it was a little more tough, however, Seattle has shown the ability to run the ball more efficiently as they have rushed for at least 100 yards in the past two games.
3. Offensive Line
After allowing a combined amount of 12 sacks throughout the first two weeks, the Seattle offensive line has improved immensely as they allowed just two sacks this time around. This offensive line has shown that they have improved and have shown it as Seattle’s offense has been able to flow more consistently. They allowed Russell Wilson and the running-backs to play efficiently as it allowed their offense to be on the field longer and allowed Seattle to control the flow of the game. One of the main concerns for the team is that they wouldn’t be able to put many points up due to the quality of their offensive line, however, the offensive line is one of the primary reasons why the Seahawks have been able to put up at least 20 points in the last two games.
If it’s one thing Seattle did poorly in against Arizona, it was receiving way too many penalties. Seattle received eight penalties throughout the game which resulted in losing 57 yards in total. Penalties set offenses back as they stop the momentum of any kind and really put Seattle in a tough position throughout the game. The offensive line and the running-game was good today and that was easily the reason why Seattle won this game. If Seattle had limited their penalties, the end result would have been better for the team. At the end of the day, Seattle won and that’s all that matters, however, if they want to compete with teams like the Los Angeles Rams, they need limit the penalties.
This game was very competitive as both teams were going back and forth and nobody really knew who was taking this game. The Seahawks played great overall and proved to the league that they’re still a good quality team. Despite the win, the Seahawks ended up losing a lot which included losing Earl Thomas and Will Dissly to injuries. None of us know the injury status yet, however, getting carted off is definitely not a good sign. Seattle needs to regroup and move on as the season is just progressing. Starting off the season with a .500 record is something they’re grateful for as they will be taking on the undefeated Los Angeles Rams next week in Seattle.