Cardinals defensive end
Calais Campbell sacks Matt Hasselbeck during Sunday's 27-3 win.
SEATTLE – The defense waited patiently on the sideline waiting for its turn, knowing it would eventually come but perfectly happy to delay the inevitable.
The offense sparked what turned into a 27-3 Cardinals’ win over the Seahawks on the road Sunday with a nearly 11-minute opening touchdown drive, and followed up by recovering an onside kick and scoring again – not that the defense was about to complain.
“It was beautiful,” linebacker
Three plays into their day,
The NFL’s top-ranked run defense gave up just 14 yards on 11 carries. The pass rush which had gone through a dry spell – no sacks the previous two games – buried Hasselbeck five times total. The pass defense, ranked last in the NFL, gave up just 114 yards, and that included a 42-yard pass on a fake punt. The Seahawks went 0-for-11 on third downs.
“We said, ‘The offense is doing a great job. Let’s feed off if it,’ ” defensive end
Most importantly, the group didn’t let the Seahawks ever have any life, which was a sticking point in the two previous wins over Jacksonville and Houston. Those teams put up some statistics in the second half of games that looked like blowouts.
The Seahawks have been decimated with offensive line injuries, but the Cardinals didn’t care. They also didn’t care to celebrate their play too much. Safety
“(The defense) is getting there,” nose tackle
Having just scored after a 15-play drive to open the game, Whisenhunt walked up to kicker
Rackers didn’t take long to answer. “Why don’t we?”
So Whisenhunt called for the pooch, executed perfectly. Rookie cornerback
“If you stomp on them quick, it’s hard for them to come back,” Rackers said.
Whisenhunt said the Cardinals didn’t want to kick it to Seattle return man Justin Forsett. Recovering the ball was just a bonus.
“I don’t consider it a risk at all,” Whisenhunt said. “I’ve said this before, Neil is a weapon with some of those things.”
The only reported injury was the right ankle sprain of wide receiver
Whisenhunt said he’d know more Monday, but emphasized he wanted to take Boldin out for precautionary reasons – he wants him available to play against the Giants on “Sunday Night Football” next weekend – and that Boldin could have played if needed.
WARNER TIES MARINO
Warner tied Dan Marino’s record for fastest players to pass for 30,000 yards when he reached the milestone Sunday, his 114th career game. Peyton Manning needed one more game – 115 – to get to 30,000 yards.