Key Coaching Decision #1, 2: (10-10 / 1st & 10 ARI 17 / 2:39 Q3) and (17-10/ 3rd &6 SEA 39/ 11:58 4Q)
• Seattle called a timeout at 2:39 in the third quarter after a first down completion. They would later score on the drive.
• They used their second timeout with 11:58 remaining in the fourth quarter before a third down. They would eventually punt on this drive and Arizona would take the ensuing possession for a score.
• Seattle didn’t need the two timeouts at the end of the game as Arizona failed to score and gave Seattle an opportunity to score (see Key Coaching Decisions #3, 4, 5).
• However, had Arizona earned one more first down, Seattle would have needed the timeouts to give themselves an opportunity to stop the clock.
Key Coaching Decision #3, 4, 5: (17-17 TIE/ 1st &10 -2:59, 2nd &8- 2:14, 3rd & 6- 2:00 4Q)
• The Cardinals started a drive in the fourth quarter with 7:55 remaining. The drive ended with 1:55 left at Seattle’s 27-yard line with a missed Phil Dawson 45-yard field goal attempt.
• During the drive, Rosen was 4-of-5 passing, including four straight completions after his first attempt fell incomplete. The Cardinals ground game was struggling and David Johnson had five rushing attempts on the drive, all for exactly two-yard gains, including three straight runs before Dawson’s missed attempt.
• This took time off the clock, but it didn’t give the Cardinals a chance to get another first down or give them an opportunity to score six. Arizona’s offensive line was not getting enough push to make getting a first down on the ground a possibility.
• Dawson’s missed field goal allowed Seattle to start a drive at their own 35-yard line with 1:50 left and no timeouts remaining. Seattle drove the ball to the Cardinals’ 34-yard line and veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski hit a 52-yard field goal on the game’s final play to give the Seahawks the victory.
• We can see where head coach Steve Wilks wanted to take the pressure off the rookie quarterback in this situation. However, Wilks had placed Rosen in a stressful end of game situation last weekend when he came in during the fourth quarter of a close game against the Bears.
• Rosen had got into a rhythm here. Seattle had only one timeout remaining. A first down would have allowed Arizona to control the rest of the game and at worst, would have had a closer field goal attempt.
• This was Seattle’ third road game out of their first four games.
• It was a battle of two teams that are among the league leaders in punts attempted.
• Seattle was 0-for-10 on third down conversions versus the Cardinals but still managed to win the game.
• For the second game in a row, Seattle was committed to running the ball. In Week 4, it was running back Mike Davis that carried the load. He finished with 101 yards on 21 carries and 2 touchdowns.
• This was Josh Rosen’s first career start. While his stat line will not reflect it, he had an excellent game. His receiving crew did not help him out at all with frequent dropped passes.
• The Cardinals running game is struggling. The Cardinals offensive line can’t protect and can’t run block. David Johnson had only 71 yards rushing on 22 carries.
• At the end of the half, Seattle had the ball with all three of their timeouts and 1:52 remaining on the clock. Two sacks and another penalty on right tackle Germain Ifedi hindered Seattle’s opportunity to cut into the Cardinals 10-7 lead.
• Seattle earned the “W” but it was a costly victory. The Seahawks lost two key players (veteran safety Earl Thomas and rookie tight end Will Dissly) to injury.