SEATTLE – When training camp started, Alfonso Smith was just hoping to make the team.
“He had more reps in our run scheme and he did well in those types of plays,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “He was hitting it. He did a nice job.”
Smith finished with 54 yards on 17 carries and added three catches for 21 yards. His biggest trouble came in short-yardage situations, not a huge surprise given that Smith doesn’t quite have the size of Wells.
“Everyone had faith in me,” said Smith, who had his first NFL offensive touches. “I did pretty well all week in practice, I was prepared mentally.
“Going into the game, I knew Beanie was questionable so I put in my mind I was going to get a lot of carries and fortunately it happened.”
FITZ’S RECORD, THEN QUIET
The TD was Fitzgerald’s 67th of his Cardinals’ career, giving him one more than former Cardinals great Roy Green for the most receiving touchdowns in franchise history.
But Fitzgerald was shut out in the second half, and the team’s loss and offensive struggles took the luster off Fitz’s mark.
“The time tonight is not the time to reflect,” Fitzgerald said. “We had our hats handed to us today. We’ve got to get back to the drawing board.”
CAMPBELL BREAKS OUT
Among the Cardinals’ four sacks Sunday came 2½ from defensive end
They were Campbell’s first sacks of the year.
“From my perspective, when you have an opportunity to comes through for your team and you don’t, there is probably nothing worse in team sports,” Feely said.
THROWBACK THAT ALMOST WAS
The Cardinals, given their offensive issues, could have gotten a special teams miracle with about a minute left in the game. Forced to punt a final time, the Seahawks booted the ball to return man
Jefferson looked like he had a lot of room to run – except the ball glanced off his hands. Jefferson managed to grab the loose ball and scamper 17 yards, but the muff allowed the Seahawks to recover.
“I thought if he caught it clean, he had a chance,” Whisenhunt said.
Jefferson said he thought the Seahawks read the play because “it looked a lot more open in practice than it did today.”
“Everything happens so fast,” Jefferson said.
The Cards had four players leave because of injuries Sunday, but all four returned to play. Tight end