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Arizona Cardinals offensive line struggles in win over Seahawks

Carson Palmer was under a ton of pressure.

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals offensive line statistically has been pretty good this season. Entering their Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks, Carson Palmer had been sacked only 11 times and the rushing offense was one of the top 10 in the league. But against Seattle, there were issues in pass protection.

According to Pro Football Focus, Palmer was under pressure on 32 of his 51 dropbacks. He was sacked three times and hit 13 times, and he did fumble twice, but he was effective overall, despite the pressure. When pressured, he was 18/29 for 239 yards and two scores.

But the offensive line numbers were bad, particularly on the right side of the line, where Jonathan Cooper and Bobby Massie struggled.

The two of them, per PFF stats, combined to allow 12 hurries, three hits and a sack.

When head coach Bruce Arians spoke to the media on Monday, he was asked about the communication between Massie and Cooper.

"(Massie) had miscommunication with Coop about three times," he explained. "Obviously, he struggled getting off on the snap count also. We had some miscommunication on who was sifting who on the right side a number of times."

Earl Watford, who entered the game at left guard when Mike Iupati was taken off the field in an ambulance, also had issues. In 20 pass block snaps before leaving, Iupati had allowed one pressure. Watford went on to allow six in 36 pass-blocking snaps.

Next up for Arizona is a Cincinnati Bengals team who can get after the quarterback with a lot of different players. Arizona will be at home, though, so hopefully some of those communication issues can be avoided.

The bottom line is the line, while it has been pretty solid overall for the season, needs to be better in the weeks to come.