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Seahawks vs. Cardinals review: John Abraham shows up, Yeremiah Bell does not according to PFF

Looking at how Pro Football Focus graded the Cardinals in their blowout loss to the Seahawks.

Christian Petersen

The game last Thursday night on national television certainly wasn't pretty. The Arizona Cardinals were a hot mess on offense, led by the porous line that gave roster holdovers and fans flashbacks of 2012.

The Seattle Seahawks sacked quarterback Carson Palmer seven times, marking the first time since 2007 a Seahawks defense recorded at least seven takedowns.

Here is how graded the Cardinals in action on Thursday Night Football.


C Lyle Sendlein (+1.0)

Veteran center Lyle Sendlein quietly has been very good this season. He has not allowed a sack and has given up only four quarterback hits and three hurries.

He kept Palmer clean last Thursday, not allowing a single pressure -- he was the only one on the line to do that, unfortunately. He tied San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley for the best pass-blocking grade against Seattle this season, at a +1.5.

RT Eric Winston (-2.8)

Right tackle Eric Winston is not the second-highest-rated offensive player this week. That went to wideout Michael Floyd (+0.6). But I wanted to point out just how terrible the tackles were against the Seahawks, so here goes.

Winston allowed "only" one sack, but he did surrender the most pressures (10). He was beaten easily by Seattle's pass-rushers all night, including on a stunt by Bruce Irvin and Cliff Avril that resulted in a sack.

Backup right tackle Bobby Massie was active for the first time this season last week. It's probable he sees time this week against the Atlanta Falcons if Winston starts the way he did against Seattle.

LT Bradley Sowell (-6.8)

Does anyone still think Bradley Sowell can't be any worse than Levi Brown was? At this point, it's almost comical how bad he looks while pass-blocking. He's not quite as bad in run-blocking, but it's still not good.

Sowell allowed two sacks, two QB hits and five hurries against Seattle and was bullied by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald en route to allowing the first sack of Palmer.

At this point, there may be no other choice but to stick with Sowell the remainder of the season -- that is bad news for Palmer.


OLB John Abraham (+3.4)

Finally, we saw a pass rush from veteran John Abraham. He notched his first two sacks as a member of the Cardinals last Thursday, beating each starting (backup) tackle on a speed-rush off the edge.

He tallied three hurries on top of that and earned the second-highest pass-rush grade among 3-4 outside linebacker from PFF, at a +4.7 -- only the Washington Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan (+5.2) earned a better pass-rushing grade.

Most of the pressure Arizona had been getting came from the inside linebackers blitzing the A-gaps. It would be nice if Abraham could get it going on the edge to give opposing quarterbacks something else to worry about.

FS Tyrann Mathieu (+1.1)

Rookie Tyrann Mathieu earned the majority of his grade last week by being a nuisance in the backfield. He recorded a hit and two hurries of quarterback Russell Wilson and was a nice quick release from the QB away from his second career sack.

He was targeted only twice in coverage, allowing one reception for 16 yards to receiver Doug Baldwin.

Mathieu continues to be listed by PFF as a cornerback because of how much he plays there. As a result, he is the top-rated corner on the roster -- No. 15 overall, at +5.4 and four spots ahead of teammate and mentor Patrick Peterson, who sits at +4.5.

SS Yeremiah Bell (-3.8)

Strong safety Yeremiah Bell struggled throughout the Seahawks game, earning a negative grade in all three phases of defense (run, pass rush and coverage).

He was especially inadequate in coverage (-3.0), allowing four receptions on four targets for 66 yards and two touchdowns -- it's the second week in a row Bell has allowed two touchdown passes in coverage.

The problem is this: Rashad Johnson is not exactly lighting it up since returning from finger surgery, and the only other option would be playing undrafted rookie Tony Jefferson more. But Jefferson has not played a single defensive snap since the Week 5 win over the Carolina Panthers, and he's more of a free than a strong safety.

What to do?