Seven sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and just two touchdowns allowed, including one in garbage time.
Yup, just another night at the office for the Seattle Seahawks defense.
“It was a fun night for us on the defensive side,” Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner said on Ferrall on the Bench, referring to his team’s 34-22 win over Arizona in Glendale. “The guys up front get after it.”
That they do.
The Seahawks harassed Carson Palmer all night; the former Heisman winner finished 30-of-45 for 258 yards, one touchdowns and the aforementioned two picks and seven sacks. Browner had one of those picks, not to mention four tackles.
As for the running game? Non-existent. The Cardinals rushed 18 times for 30 yards – a paltry 1.7 yards per carry.
The Seahawks are now 6-1 for the first time in franchise history.
“We’re putting (wins) together, (and we’re) having fun and playing football,” Browner said.
It helps that Russell Wilson had arguably his best game of the season. After being held to one touchdown or fewer in four of his first six games, Wilson thew for three touchdowns against the Cardinals, finishing 18-of-29 for 235 yards. He had a 31-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice that that it 7-0, a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller that made it 14-0 and a 1-yard pass to Kellen Davis that made is 24-13.
“He’s so poised, and it’s crazy he’s only a second-year player in the league,” Browner said. “The way he approaches the game is phenomenal. He really cares about the game. He carries himself like that. He’s the captain of our team – well-deserving. You wouldn’t rather have anybody (else at quarterback).”
Wilson added eight carries for 29 yards against Arizona, while Marshawn Lynch pounded the rock 21 times for 91 yards. His 2-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter made it 31-13 and essentially put the game out of reach.
The Seahawks now have 10 days off before their next game. They take on the Rams in St. Louis on Monday Night Football.
“It’s great for us,” Browner said of the time off. “(It gives us a chance to) heal up, get our bodies right, maybe take some time to see family members and then get back to business.”
Seattle has a fairly easy schedule – at St. Louis and against Tampa Bay – before traveling to Atlanta to take on the Falcons on Nov. 10. Seattle fell to Atlanta in the divisional round of the playoffs last year, 30-28 – a game in which Russell Wilson threw for 385 yards.
The Seahawks actually took a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds left in that game, but they lost on a 49-yard field goal by Matt Bryant.
Of the rematch, Browner said simply, “That’s one of the games we’re looking forward to.”