Past games don't mean anything. It's hard not to understand that on a rational level. Every year is a new year, the players are different, the scenarios are different, yada, yada, yada. But it's hard not to notice that one of the goals back when things bottomed out for the Cardinals during a 58-0 loss in Seattle in 2012 was wiping away that bad taste.
In seven trips to that city since, the Cardinals have won five times and lost on a field goal on the last play of the game in the other. That's over three coaching staffs and a wide variety of talent on the roster. Sunday was about Kyler Murray's talents and Kliff Kingsbury's ability to create an offense that works even if Murray went down, and the Cards were left with another stunning win to silence the crowd here.
"This is a division game but it's also a rivalry game," said Chandler Jones, he of the incredible 19 sacks already this season. "Some people might not think so, but it is. Fans are hectic, they're throwing things and they are yelling and it brings our play up. It's fun to play here."
I've said it before, there are few things that feel as good to this team to walk off the field in Seattle as a winner.
-- Brett Hundley wasn't going to get too in-depth. He played pretty well coming in for Kyler Murray. He got to beat the team he spent 2018 with. He could've had an even better day if Christian Kirk had held on to a third-down pass for a first down that instead became a blocked field goal. But Hundley scrambled for big gains when he needed to, threw a couple of key passes, and did exactly what a backup QB does when he successfully plays a half, on the road, with a lead.
"This moment meant a lot to me," Hundley said, and you could tell. His eyes looked like he might have gotten emotional after the game, and who could blame him.
-- We will see if Murray plays in the last game. Kliff Kingsbury said the Cardinals want to be smart. Murray said he wants to be smart. My guess is he will test it, but Murray has nothing left to prove his rookie season. I won't be surprised if Hundley gets a start.
-- Both safeties, Budda Baker and rookie Jalen Thompson, played well Sunday. Probably coincidence it came in the state where they starred in college. Or not.
-- Kenyan Drake is such a great fit for this offense … there isn't much else you can say. That 80-yard touchdown run changed the complexion of the game early. Drake's run was the longest for the Cardinals since Andre Ellington housed an 80-yard run in 2013 against Falcons at State Farm Stadium.
-- Drake had two 100-yard games in his three-plus years in Miami, and has three in seven games with the Cardinals.
-- Pete Carroll, as well as the Seahawks ran it early, chose to kick a field goal early in the game with a fourth-and-1 at the Arizona 33. There was a delay of game, and Carroll said there was an issue with the blocking setup before the play. "We were out of whack with what was going on. I think I will leave it at that," Carroll said. He wasn't asked why he didn't go for it despite the Seahawks averaging better than 7 yards per rush attempt at that early stage.
-- As well as the defense was playing, Jordan Hicks' third-down stop after the blocked field goal also was a complexion-changer. Hicks said that was simple film study, and he knew he'd have a gap to shoot.
-- Jones was a menace Sunday. He knew the Seahawks were short-handed at offensive line. That certainly didn't hurt. But he was a one-man wrecking crew. I mean, he could get 20 sacks this season. That's a crazy thought.
-- Zane Gonzalez had made 22 straight field goals before the block. Block or not, he's been so good. I know I've said it before, but it bears repeating.
-- Two straight games where the Cardinals have rushed for more than 220 yards and three games this season with more than 200 yards rushing? Kingsbury is going to keep bringing up that year in 2012 when he coordinated the Texas A&M offense and it led the SEC in rushing. The Cardinals hadn't had three games of 200 rushing yards in one season as a team since they did in in 1983 (hat tip to profootballreference.com). And the NFL was a different game then. #RunRaid
-- Patrick Peterson was on DK Metcalf much of the game, and Metcalf had no catches. He was targeted once, and couldn't hang on to the pass.
-- Before he got hurt, that Murray scramble-get-to-the-line-of-scrimmage-and-then-toss-to-Larry-Fitzgerald play for a 21-yard score? Amazing. So fun to watch. So were the couple of Houdini sack escapes of Murray, or his 17-yard run after a throwback from wide receiver Pharoh Cooper. Kyler is the future.
-- Fitz nearly had a second TD catch right before halftime. He doesn't get a lot of catches these days, but he makes them count. Props to his reaching 17,000 yards too. "I knew I was close," Fitzgerald said. "I'm a long way behind Jerry (Rice.)"
We'll see if he's the short-term future, in L.A., anyway. Time for the flight home from rainy Seattle.