- Both teams had issues protecting their quarterback as they were under constant pressure all evening. Seattle did a better job of protecting Russell Wilson than they have in previous games by having him get rid of the ball quicker. While Wilson was only sacked twice, he was constantly hurried. The Seahawks blitzed Arizona QB Drew Stanton frequently and the Cardinals weren’t able to protect him as he fell victim to five sacks.
- The Seattle offense still lacks rhythm and an inability to run the ball. This week, they had Wilson stay more in the pocket than they had in previous games. The one positive development for the Seahawks is that they are starting to take advantage of having taller personnel in the passing game as tight end Jimmy Graham “posted up” smaller Cardinals defensive backs around the end zone for two scores.
- Arizona attempted to duplicate their gameplan from their win against the 49ers the week before and sought to run the ball on the Seahawks in the same manner. Seattle’s defense isn’t the 49ers defense. It’s far superior. The Seahawks held Adrian Peterson to 29 yards on 21 carries and the rest of the team didn’t fare much better.
- Arizona played at a faster pace, running 10 more plays than Seattle in nearly identical time of possession. Running more plays and at a faster clip isn’t the way they should have attacked one of the better defenses in the game.
- Seattle suffered a number of injuries during the game and they were able to place reserves in the lineup without really skipping a beat. For the second week in a row, Seattle had a new member of the team contribute on the defensive line. Against the Redskins, veteran Dwight Freeney had a strong game and this week, it was Dion Jordan who returned after a three year absence to notch a sack. Getting players ready to play is a sign of good coaching.