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NFL Week 11 Game Recap: Arizona Cardinals 23, Seattle Seahawks 13

Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy (12) carries the ball while being chased by Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Benson Mayowa (10) during the first half at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 23-13 in Week 11, handing Pete Carroll & Co. their fifth loss in their last six games.

Arizona moved the ball with ease despite missing both Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins as they tore through the paltry Seattle secondary. The Seahawks struggled to match the Cardinals' offensive firepower, managing just 266 yards of total offense as QB Russell Wilson continues to search for his first touchdown following his return from injured reserve.

The 9-2 Cardinals keep hold of their place atop the NFC, while Seattle falls to 3-7 and remains on the fringes of the playoff picture.

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Arizona Cardinals

Quarterback

Colt McCoy was magnificent in relief of Kyler Murray, completing 35-of-44 attempts for 328 yards and two touchdowns in the win. McCoy lived in the shorter and intermediate areas of the field, throwing the ball just 5.0 yards downfield on average, but he registered an adjusted completion percentage of 88.4%.

The 11-year pro was especially adept under pressure, as he completed six of his eight attempts under duress for 72 yards and a touchdown.

McCoy: Passing by target depth

Target Depth Comps./Atts. Yds. Adj. Comp. % TDs
Behind L.O.S 10/11 38 100% 1
Short (1-9) 16/22 144 81.8% 0
Medium (10-19) 8/8 115 100% 1
Long (20+) 1/2 31 50% 0
Running Backs

James Conner shined as Arizona's lead back, handling 26 touches for 97 yards, including his league-leading 12th rushing touchdown of the season. His six total first downs and two forced missed tackles were both tops among all running backs in Sunday’s contest.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Tight end Zach Ertz was a force in Sunday’s victory, reeling in eight of his nine targets for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Ertz was McCoy’s unquestioned first look throughout the afternoon, as the nine-year pro led all pass-catchers with seven first downs and three explosive plays.

Wide receiver Rondale Moore was exceptional in the absence of DeAndre Hopkins, catching each of his game-high 11 targets for 51 yards and three first downs. The rookie was unsurprisingly difficult to bring down in the win, forcing three missed tackles to lead all pass-catchers.

Offensive Line

Arizona overcame an overall mediocre performance from the team’s offensive line, as the unit allowed 13 pressures and two sacks in the victory. Starting right tackle Kelvin Beachum thrived Sunday, finishing as one of just two starters to allow just one pressure in the win. The group was equally ineffective in the run game, as Cardinals rushers averaged just 1.1 yards before contact per attempt.

Defensive Line

Edge defender Chandler Jones wreaked havoc from the opening snap Sunday, converting two of his four pressures into sacks. Jones and edge defender Markus Golden paced what was an overall pedestrian effort from Arizona’s defensive line, as the duo recorded seven of the unit’s 10 pressures.

Player Pass-rushing snaps Total pressures Sacks 
Chandler Jones 24 4 2
Markus Golden 23 3 0
Zach Allen 20 1 0
Jordan Phillips 12 1 0
Corey Peters 8 1 0
Linebackers

Jordan Hicks and Isaiah Simmons led all Arizona defenders with eight and six tackles, respectively. Simmons made his presence felt as a pass-rusher, as he registered one of the team’s four sacks.

The duo performed competently in coverage, surrendering receptions on five of their eight combined targets for 91 yards and four first downs.

Secondary

The Cardinals' secondary suffocated the Seahawks' anemic passing attack, as the unit allowed just nine receptions on 16 targets for 116 yards. No Arizona defensive back conceded more than two receptions, as the group combined to allow a passer rating of 79.2.

Player Coverage snaps  Receptions allowed/Targets Yards allowed Passer rating allowed
Marco Wilson 30 2/4 24 68.8
Jalen Thompson 30 2/3 28 96.5
Budda Baker 28 2/2 18 104.2
Byron Murphy Jr. 27 1/3 6 42.4
Robert Alford 22 2/4 40 85.4

Rookie cornerback Marco Wilson continues what has been a shockingly effective debut season, as he surrendered just two receptions on four targets while registering the unit’s only forced incompletion.

Seattle Seahawks

Quarterback

Russell Wilson struggled to find a rhythm in his second game back from a broken finger, throwing for 207 yards on 14-of-26 passing.

Wilson appeared hesitant, as just 34.6% of the All-Pro’s attempts traveled past the first down marker. Wilsons’ limited success came almost exclusively on play action, as he completed five of his six such attempts for 68 yards.

Wilson: Passing by target depth

Target Depth Comps./Atts. Yds. Adj. Comp. % TDs
Behind L.O.S 1/3 9 66.7% 0
Short (1-9) 9/13 73 76.9% 0
Medium (10-19) 1/3 16 33.3% 0
Long (20+) 3/5 109 60% 0
Running Backs

Alex Collins was ineffective as Seattle’s primary rusher, totaling just 36 yards on the ground on 10 carries. Collins struggled to make defenders miss throughout Sunday’s defeat, as he failed to force a missed tackle while collecting 41.7% of his yards before contact.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Wide receiver Tyler Lockett was the lone bright spot in an overall disappointing offensive effort from Seattle, as the seven-year pro collected 115 yards on four catches. Lockett led all Seahawks pass-catchers in first downs (3), explosive plays (3) and contested catches (1) as he accounted for 55.6% of Seattle’s receiving yards.

Tight end Gerald Everett was second on the team with 37 receiving yards, reeling in three of his four targets in the defeat. Everett displayed some impressive shiftiness, forcing Seattle’s only two missed tackles on receptions.

Offensive Line

Seattle’s inability to protect the quarterback derailed their entire offensive attack, as the Seahawks offensive line allowed 11 pressures and four sacks in the defeat. The unit was only slightly better in the run game, as they powered Seattle rushers to an average of 4.5 yards per carry.

Defensive Line

Interior defender Bryan Mone paced what was an underwhelming performance from the Seahawks defensive line, as he led all Seattle defenders with two sacks in the loss. The group as a whole registered just 13 pressures as they struggled to disrupt Arizona’s quick-strike passing attack.

Player Pass-rushing snaps Total pressures Sacks 
Rasheem Green 34 2 0
Kerry Hyder 34 1 0
Poona Ford 31 3 1
Al Woods 23 1 0
Darrell Taylor 21 2 0
Benson Mayowa 18 1 0
Bryan Mone 10 2 2
Linebackers

Seattle’s linebacker corps was forced to compensate for the rest of the defenses’ ineptitude, as starters Jordyn Brooks and Bobby Wagner combined for 29 tackles in the defeat. The duo was less stout in coverage, as they conceded receptions on 17 of their 19 targets for 158 yards and a touchdown.

Secondary

The Seahawks defensive backs were dink-and-dunked to death Sunday, as the unit surrendered 17 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown despite facing an average depth of target of just 6.3 yards.

Cornerback Sidney Jones was inches away from what would’ve been a game-changing interception midway through the third quarter, as he instead settled for the unit’s lone forced incompletion.

Player Coverage snaps  Receptions allowed/Targets Yards allowed Passer rating allowed
Quandre Diggs 37 2/3 14 77.1
Jamal Adams 36 2/4 2 56.3
Sidney Jones 35 4/7 24 103.6
Blessuan Austin 32 4/4 49 117.7
Ugo Amadi 24 4/4 49 117.7
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