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Cards Can't Quite Get Wilson

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Notebook: Seahawks quarterback catalyst in win; Abraham gets first sacks as Card

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson gets off the pass to tight end Zach Miller on the play in which linebacker Daryl Washington thought he had a sack during the Cardinals' 34-22 loss Thursday night.

Daryl Washington thought Russell Wilson was down.

The linebacker thought that at the time the Seahawks quarterback was flinging the ball for a game-altering first down, and he thought it after the game.

“I didn’t get a chance to look at the replay, we didn’t get a chance to review it,” Washington said. “He got the ball off so obviously it wasn’t a sack, but I really thought it was a sack. I’m going to go back at look at it on film.”

A sack would have forced Seattle to punt ahead only 17-13. Instead, the third-and-3 pass to tight end Zach Miller went for six yards, and six plays later, the Seahawks scored the touchdown that basically buried the Cardinals in a 34-22 loss Thursday night.

“That play was just one of those plays where they made a good call and I got away from a defensive player and Zach Miller just made a huge play,” Wilson said.

Wilson was at his scrambling, playmaking best against the Cardinals. His first touchdown came as he chucked a 31-yard touchdown pass off his back foot retreating from the pass rush, as a wide-open Sidney Rice pulled it in after the Cardinals’ secondary blew their coverage assignment.

Wilson made a handful of those plays on his way to a 18-for-29 passing performance, for 235 yards and three touchdowns.

“We have a lot of quarterbacks like that in our league right now and he does a great job on knowing when to do it,” said Cardinals linebacker John Abraham, who had two sacks and two forced fumbles of Wilson. “When he gets a chance to run the ball he’s going to run it. When he gets a chance to throw the ball he’s going to throw it.”

The Cards got a glimpse of that Wilson in his first NFL game last season to open the 2012 season. The current more experienced Wilson, though, is uncanny in his ability to create good out of bad.

“We would be a different team without him,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “I don’t know how you would measure it at this point.”

ABRAHAM MAKES HIS MARK

Abraham came into the season with 122 sacks and 44 forced fumbles in his career, and through six games as a Cardinal, that hadn’t changed. Against the Seahawks, Abraham broke loose, sacking Wilson twice and forcing Wilson to fumble both times.

The first time the Seahawks got the ball back but the second led to a Jay Feely field goal.

“When you have a game that you create turnovers and do things like that you want to have the winning thing go with it, because it’s really nothing to celebrate,” Abraham said. “It’s good personally but as a team it didn’t help us win. It wasn’t good enough to help us win.”

SOWELL STRUGGLES AT LEFT TACKLE

The Seahawks ended up with seven sacks of quarterback Carson Palmer, and while pass protection as a whole had trouble, young left tackle Bradley Sowell had a rough game against Seattle’s assortment of pass rushers.

“You’re going to get sacked against that team,” Palmer said. “That team sacks everybody, and they definitely did it today.”

Sowell admitted he has to “buckle down.”

“One thing I will say about myself is I’ll fight to the very end,” Sowell said. “If I lose, I lose, but I know I’m going to give it my all and that’s all I can do. If I lose to a good player every now and then, that’s just how it’s got to be.”

COLLEDGE LEAVES WITH BACK INJURY

Starting left guard Daryn Colledge didn’t return after hurting his back on the play in which Palmer threw his second interception. Arians said he had no further update on Colledge’s status.


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