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Last week, the Seattle offense watched Alvin Kamara run rampant against their own defense, but Chris Carson took matters into his own hands on Sunday. His combination of elusiveness and power was something the Cardinals’ defense couldn’t deal with all day, as the Seahawks completely controlled the game because of Carson’s constant forced missed tackles.
Jadeveon Clowney was looking like the player the Seahawks traded for in this game. He was a constant in the backfield on passing downs. His pick-six was an unbelievable play, as well. He sniffed out the screen and made a one-handed pick all while being blocked.
It was a strong coverage day for Shaquill Griffin. The Seahawks corner saw a few targets and only allowed a handful of completions and kept pretty much everything in front of him. He broke up one pass and had another pass defense that was nullified due to a phantom defensive holding call early in the fourth quarter.
This was not the best day for rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, as he struggled to create separation throughout the game and was not a factor downfield. At times this season, he has been able to create space downfield with his pure speed, but the Cardinals were able to stay on him tight and force him to make contested catches, which he struggled to do.
The Cardinals got very little out of their defensive interior players, both against the run and pass. Wilson consistently had clean pockets to step into, and the line struggled to shed blocks in the run game.
There was a noticeable improvement from Kyler Murray in his fourth game for the Cardinals. He made safe throws all game and didn’t force any bad ones to the other team. His average depth of target was still incredibly short thanks to an offensive line that gives plays virtually no time to develop, and he took a few unnecessary sacks.
The Cardinals have a great combo of running backs in David Johnson and Chase Edmonds. Despite very poor blocking, Edmonds made some nice cuts and gained solid yardage on his six carries. Meanwhile, Johnson was the best receiver in this game. His 31-yard reception was something Cards fans have to be excited for, as Murray escaped pressure in the pocket to dump it to Johnson, who used his field vision to turn it into a huge play
Arizona has to be pleased with the play of rookie cornerback Byron Murphy. He had a number of pass breakups, including one in the end zone on a first-half fade from Wilson that saw Murphy come off his coverage and nearly come down with the interception.