Seahawks down Arizona 19-3 in defensive game, pull to within 2 games in NFC West
SEATTLE — It was a defensive slugfest that saw Russell Wilson sacked seven times, but behind Wilson’s passing and running, the Seattle Seahawks defeated Arizona 19-3 Sunday to pull within two games of the Cardinals in the NFC West Division.
The win gives the Seahawks a 7-4 record and dropped the Cardinals to 9-2. They meet again later in the year.
The lone Seahawks touchdown came in the third quarter when Wilson hit tight end Cooper Helfet who turned it upfield and dove for the touchdown in what became a 20-yard score.
But it wasn’t because the Hawks didn’t have plenty of opportunities in the Red Zone. Throughout most of the first three quarters, the Hawks, because of a stingy Arizona defense and offensive penalties, could only manage three field goals and no touchdowns.
But the Hawks defense held the Cardinals to just one field goal during the same period, and the Hawks led 9-3 at halftime.
Besides sacking Wilson seven times, the Cardinals blocked one Seahawks field goal attempt. But the Hawks defense had three sacks on Cardinals QB Drew Stanton, grabbed one interception and blocked a punt.
The last time Arizona was held to fewer than 3 points was its 58-0 loss in Seattle on Dec. 9, 2012.
Wilson was 17-22 for 211 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, while Stanton was 14-26 for 149 yards and one interception.
Defensive end Cliff Avril, with two sacks, played his best game of the season and linebacker Bobby Wagner’s return from injury was also a factor. Arizona managed just 204 total yards and averaged 4.2 yards per play.T he Cardinals only had a total of 64 yards rushing.
Marshawn Lynch, who took himself out with his bad back at one point, had only 39 yards rushing on 15 attempts. Wilson led the Hawks rushing attack with 73 yards.
The Seahawks go to California next play the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night.