The Arizona Cardinals lost 35-6 to the Seattle Seahawks at home on Sunday Night Football. It was a bad game in all phases. As a result, Arizona lost its division lead, which it has had all season.
What can we take away from the game?
No offense, but no offense
Arizona was abysmal on offense. They mustered only 216 yards of offense, 29 on the ground. They gained 97 yards in Seattle penalties, which was nearly half the total of their offense.
They were 3/15 on third down, averaged 1.9 yards per carry and completed 40 percent of their passes. They dropped passes. They had a turnover.
One strange occurrence was how running back Kerwynn Williams disappeared from the offense. He had two carries for four yards. When asked about whether it was health related or practice related (he was limited during the week with a knee injury), head coach Bruce Arians said it wasn't that. "We just weren't running the ball as much, and he's not the best pass blocker we have," he explained. "The other packages were for Marion (Grice) and Stepf (Taylor). It wasn't, and we probably should have run the ball more."
Ryan Lindley was who many thought he was
After much hope he had progressed after a terrible showing in his rookie season in 2012, Lindley didn't show anything different. He was inaccurate, turned the ball over and didn't have a touchdown pass. He was 18/44 for 216 yards and a pick. That is good for a passer rating of 47.2. Strangely enough, that is higher than his career passer rating entering the game, which was 46.8.
The interesting thing was what Arians said postgame. He cited how he didn't get the help he needed from his teammates, but he indicated Lindley performed "about as well as I expected." Now, in fairness, Arians said Lindley only threw "one bad ball," but when you look at the numbers, what was Arians expecting? Apparently bad play and a loss.
There's no defense for the defense
Seattle set a franchise record for yards with 596. They rushed for 267 yards on the ground, which included a 55-yard scamper by Russell Wilson and a 76-yard Beast Mode highlight run for a touchdown by Marshawn Lynch. Wilson also threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns.
The tight end position was a problem again. Luke Wilson caught three balls for 139 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard score.
Patrick Peterson "almost passed out" when he saw the number of yards. He called it "unacceptable" and "embarrassing."
It was complete domination.
So much disappointment
Arizona was on the big stage and this game was hyped up as the biggest regular season game in team history. Arians called it "more disappointing" than other games, "especially when you don't play as well as you needed to play." Larry Fitzgerald "just want(s) to erase it from the memory."
It was a long shot that the Cardinals could win this game, as they were playing with a third string QB, but the way they lost was most disappointing. The defense was expected to show up and it didn't. The offense did nothing. They are still in the postseason, but it doesn't feel good.
Marshawn Lynch continues "childish" behavior
He is a great player and a great teammate, but you have to question him sometimes. He is enigmatic and hates talking to the media. After getting fined earlier in the year, he has answered questions with "yes" or "no," no matter the question. After the game on Sunday, he chose to be gracious, responding with "thank you," "thanks" or "thanks for asking" and nothing more to eight different questions.
On the field, Lynch grabbed his crotch as he scored on his 76-yarder. Frostee Rucker called it "childish."
Arizona, which sacked Russell Wilson seven times in Seattle, only sacked him once on Sunday. There were far less almost sacks, too. Wilson scrambled six times for 88 yards.
Are there any other takeaways you have from the game?
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