Curtis Allen’s week nine watchpoints (vs Cardinals)

November 6th, 2022 | Written by Rob Staton

This is a guest article by Curtis Allen. After the game today tune into the instant reaction live stream which will be available on here and on our YouTube channel

It is fascinating how quickly things can change in the NFL.

Three weeks ago, the Cardinals came into Seattle with both teams at 2-3 and coming off frustrating losses the week before.  Neither team had a claim to a good, solid schedule of play.  Mistakes, disorganization and chaos ruled their games.

If you recall, I found it difficult to put a good Watch Points post together because there was so much randomness to both teams’ play.

The Seahawks have evened out their performance greatly.  After beating Arizona handily, they went to Los Angeles and proved the Arizona win was not a fluke.  They then took another big step forward in beating the Giants.  The defense has come alive and is finally complementing the offense.

How about the Cardinals?

After losing to the Seahawks, Arizona split their next two games.

DeAndre Hopkins is back with a vengeance.  In two games he has 22 catches on 27 targets for 262 yards and a touchdown.  He seems intent on making up for lost time and the offense looks vastly different with him in the game.

The defense has gone the other way.  In their last two games they have given up an average of 34 points and 438 yards, after an effective five game stretch allowing an average of only 19 points and 307 yards.  This has put a lot of pressure on the offense to carry the team and that has provided mixed results.

They hosted New Orleans and won by eight points on the strength of the Saints committing three turnovers.

They then went to Minnesota and flipped the scenario, losing by eight points after turning the ball over three times themselves.

The Cardinals are at a crossroads.  They stand at 3-5 and their next three games are against division opponents.  

It is not hyperbole to say their season is already on the line.  If the Seahawks beat them on Sunday, they fall to three and a half games behind in the race for the division title.  The pressure to just keep their heads above water the next two weeks against the Rams and Niners would ratchet up to high levels.  They have not responded well to adversity this year.  Losing to Seattle Sunday could lead to a bad downward spiral and an ugly season.

Pete Carroll is 7-5 in his Seahawks tenure in the second game of the season against Arizona, including a 2-1 mark against Kliff Kingsbury.

The team could really use the momentum of sweeping a division rival to propel them to Germany next week and into their bye week.  How can they make that happen?

Control the Game Script with the Offense

This is a recycled point from Week Six but the divide has grown even more in Seattle’s favor:

-The Seahawks are the #1 offense in the NFL in First Quarter scoring, while the Cardinals are the #32 defense in the NFL in the same category

-The Cardinals are the #32 offense in the NFL in First Quarter scoring while Seahawks are #12 on defense

There is a clear advantage there and the Seahawks need to take advantage of it.  There is no excuse to not come racing out of the gate while the Cardinals are still trying to lace up their cleats.

Division games are always hard-fought and the team that can build a lead holds a decisive advantage.

How important is controlling the game?  Let’s illustrate it by looking at the Cardinals’ win over the Saints two weeks ago.  

Arizona scored a touchdown and two-point conversion to pull even with the Saints at 14-14 with only 2:28 to go in the half.  135 seconds later, the Cardinals had a 28-14 lead thanks to Andy Dalton throwing two pick-sixes.

The Saints went from up 14-6 to down 28-14 in the time in between heartbeats.  They mercifully kneeled to burn the last 46 seconds off the clock and went into the locker room with their heads spinning.

The second half featured Andy Dalton passing heavily, desperately trying to get the Saints back into the game.  They only called five runs in the second half.  A team with Alvin Kamara, Taysom Hill and Mark Ingram only called five runs!  The Cardinals called off their blitzing dogs and flooded coverage in the backfield.  The Saints offense couldn’t get any chunk plays.  Nor could the defense get pressure on Kyler Murray to get him off the field.  Ballgame.

That game obviously unraveled quickly on two very bad plays.  Between Geno Smith’s accuracy and the sheer volume of probability, the chances are that will not happen to the Seahawks.

However, it does illustrate how getting a lead and making your opponent one-dimensional can be a tremendous weapon.

How can the Hawks do it?  

Explosive plays have always been a feature of their attack against Arizona.  The Cardinals have a strange propensity for giving them up.  Seattle’s offense had eight explosives in Week Six. As I have mentioned before, they actually have one more unofficial explosive from that game, in the form of Ken Walker’s 11-yard touchdown run.  Only the goal line prevented him from getting that extra yard to make it nine.

The Saints only managed two explosive plays against this defense and that came as we discussed above.  Having the game in hand, the Cardinals chose to drop in coverage and keep the game in front of them.  They only blitzed the Saints ten times in 49 dropbacks.

The Vikings, with a more even performance, returned the Cardinal defense to their normal schedule, with eight explosive plays on offense, including four explosive runs from Dalvin Cook.  This bodes well for Ken Walker, Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf and the tight ends.

The key to getting those explosive plays again for the Seahawks will be to play the game they came to play.  

That means minimizing a weakness the Seahawks have had — being susceptible to the Cardinals’ exotic blitzing schemes.  Geno Smith was sacked a season-high five times by the Cardinals in Week Six.  No other team has even come close to getting that many against this reformed offensive line.

All five of those sacks came on third downs, with these yardages to go:  6, 13, 7, 12, 13.  They were obvious passing situations and the Cardinals took advantage.  All told, Arizona sacked Smith on five of their seven third and longs.  That is 71% – an extremely high rate of success.

How high?  On the season, the Seahawks only allow sacks in those situations on about 20% of their third and longs.  They need improvement to keep that number down to their season average in this game.  The good news is, they have already demonstrated it.

A positive development came from last week’s game against the Giants.  As we discussed last week, Wink Martindale is also an advocate of heavy, creative blitzing.  They blitzed 17 times but the Seahawks allowed only three sacks.  One of them was on a second down that they shook off and went on to score a touchdown.  The other two?  They both occurred on a single other drive and the Seahawks punted.  Only one of the Giants’ sacks was on a third and long play out of six such plays overall.  A drastic improvement.

The offensive line the Cardinals will face is the same group of guys but a more confident, accomplished line than the one that surrendered five key sacks in Week Six.

If the offense can keep up their early-game success, they can put a ton of pressure on the Cardinals offense and this will help the defense tremendously…

Get After Kyler Murray

The Seahawks’ pass rush really righted their ship in Week Six.  They sacked Murray six times.  That game was a real breakthrough.

What makes it even better?  The sacks came in a wide variety of ways.  Uchenna Nwosu got a coverage sack, Ryan Neal got one on a safety blitz, Darrell Taylor had a strip sack, Quentin Jefferson got one on a fourth down and Poona Ford and Shelby Harris beat their men inside.

What makes it even better than that?  The Seahawks accomplished their six sacks on only two – count ‘em, two! – blitzes.  More than that, they also recorded thirteen pressures, including ‘just missed’ sacks that Bruce Irvin should have had.  The Valhalla of getting a real pass rush with only your front four was reached.

Playing an opponent for a second time, it can be a struggle to replicate the success of that first game in specific areas.  What makes us think the Seahawks’ defense can regularly get pressure on Murray again Sunday?

First off, the Cardinal game was not a one-time thing.  The following week against the Chargers, they sacked Justin Herbert three times and recorded nine pressures on only seven blitzes.  The Giants game?  They sacked Daniel Jones five times and recorded eleven pressures on only three blitzes.

One game can be a fluke.  Two games can be brushed off with weak opponents.  Three games in a row?  That is a pattern.  And it is an excellent one at that.

Secondly, the Arizona offensive line is currently a disaster zone.  Guard Justin Pugh is out for the season.  Top center Rodney Hudson has already been ruled out for Sunday by Kliff Kingsbury.  Left Tackle D.J. Humphries was inactive against Minnesota with a bad back and has been rested in practice this week.  Even if he plays Sunday, that may be an opportunity for Nwosu and Irvin to be very disruptive on the blind side.

How have the backup Cardinal linemen been doing?  We can encapsulate their recent performance in one clip from Week Six.

Click the link and watch Bryan Mone on backup Center Sean Harlow, who so far this season is rated in the 40’s by PFF.

Minnesota had a field day last week with Murray.  They sacked him four times and recorded nine pressures on only three blitzes.  The offensive line struggled to keep up and the Cardinals were forced to become one-dimensional, running the ball with their backs a grand total of three times for five yards in the second half of the game.  

Murray also narrowed his vision even further, targeting Hopkins nine times in the second half.  About half of Hopkins’ yards came in garbage time, as the Vikings were defending a deep strike and readily allowing underneath throws.

When Murray was not getting sacked or pressured, he was running for his life and making bad throws into a seven-man backfield.  An interception he threw in the second half turned into a Vikings touchdown.  A muffed punt by the Cardinals was turned into another Viking touchdown and put their defense just too far behind the eight-ball.  Game over.

Kyler Murray and the offense this year have been very uneven.  Murray has been spotted yelling at his head coach on one play and on the next, throwing for a brilliant touchdown.  They are disjointed, missing key players and playing like wounded animals.  Lethal yet inconsistent.  Explosive yet erratic.  

If the offense does their job to get a handle on the scoreboard early, you can expect that kind of disparity to grow further.  The defense will be able to pin their ears back and get after Murray while keeping defenders in the middle of the field.

That is, if they keep one of the NFL’s top receivers from taking the game over…

Defend DeAndre Hopkins

Incredibly, between injury and suspension, the Seahawks have only faced Hopkins as a Cardinal in two of the five available games since he came to Arizona.

His numbers in those games were extremely productive — 15 catches on 20 targets for 10 first downs and a touchdown.

This year he has been targeted 27 times in two games — by far the most of any Cardinal player in that stretch.  As I wrote above, when Murray felt threatened and needed to get the offense moving, Hopkins was his go-to target.

A third game with the pairing this year will be very interesting to see how they play together.  The rust (if there ever was any) is off and they will be able to really gameplan the offense in a way they could not in Week Six.

Where will Hopkins line up?  Against the Saints, they split him almost evenly between the left side and the right.  They changed their tactic against Minnesota, lining him up only on the left side all game.  Or put another way, on the side opposite Patrick Peterson.  Hopkins burned Chandon Sullivan, Harrison Smith and Cameron Dantzler all equally.

It is likely fair to say that several defenders therefore will get the pleasure of drawing one the NFL’s toughest assignments.  

One thing that has given Kliff Kingsbury’s coaching ability some positive shine is his ability to move Hopkins around and get favorable matchups.  This year, he has split Hopkins out wide and then had him motion towards the quarterback and when the ball is snapped, he is ‘stacked’ behind the slot wide receiver or tight end.  The defender must make a quick decision to pass off his primary receiver or pick up Hopkins.  That half second of decision makes the corner turn his back to Kyler Murray and opens up all kinds of cuts and back-shoulder throws.

When teams line up off the line of scrimmage and give Hopkins a cushion, Murray and Hopkins simply take the free six or seven yards with a quick slant throw.

Tariq Woolen, Coby Bryant and Mike Jackson will get a real workout in this area on Sunday.  While the rookies have been tested time and again and answered the bell, this is a supreme challenge to keep a player under wraps.  Particularly one who has come out of the gate so terribly hot.  This is the matchup to watch Sunday.

But again, everyone will have a part in defending Hopkins.  These plays I described for Hopkins do not make Murray process very much.  If the pass rush can do their job, Murray will not get as many chances to make easy throws and that can put a lot of strain on his ability to effectively move the ball down the field.

522 Responses to “Curtis Allen’s week nine watchpoints (vs Cardinals)”

  1. If I only read one opponent summary before a game its this one man. There is depth and layered analysis not found in the Seattle Times or anywhere else. Last week’s insight on how the Hawks played the Giants similar to the Cardinals was spot on(I think even Shelby Harris referenced it) And again here, you could’ve copy and pasted the first Cardinals game summary, but you also understand(like Carrol said in his Kiro interview) that AZ will adapt game to game. I think they will play conservatively first half and pivot off of what they see from AZ.

    It be interesting how the Hawks playing more nickel and dime fare with the TE and routes down the middle. It seems DBs have been more on their spots on zones with those particular routes.

    I think, AZ’s beat up offensive line will allow for our continued interior pressure and lead to good sack numbers in this one. The shift away from 2-gap principles for Harris/Poona/Q has been key. Hopefully we can keep Murray in the pocket while hunting for them.

    I am getting the popcorn ready for the Woolen Hopkins matchup on the left side!

    Should be a good one. Keep up the good work.


  2. Eduardo says:

    No doubt. When you are referencing the rating for 1st quarter scoring vs 1st quarter defense and then evidencing it with a Saints?Vikings v. AZ game, you are really earning your props.

    Budda possibly out is also something to watch. They are a different team with him on the field and I suspect their propensity to blitz should factor in with him in street gear.

    Keep up the good work fellas.

    Go Hawks.

  3. TomLPDX says:

    Great write-up Curtis. I hope we have a decisive win today but worry about the injury gremlin that lives in AZ. I see that Conner is expected to play today as well.

  4. Palatypus says:

    Steve Mariucci just predicted that Kyler Murray will break Kurt Warner’s week 9 Cardinal record for touchdown passes and throw 6 today.

    My prediction? K9 will break Thomas Rawls Seahawks rookie rushing record of 209 yards.

    And he will look like Curt Warner doing it.

  5. Seahawkwalt says:

    Great writeup..
    charbonnet is a special runner. He very often makes the first person miss

  6. Trevor says:

    Really worried about two things this week. First is over confidence. Really hope the team is not reading the press clippings of how great they are and that they stay focused / hungry.

    Second is injuries. Seems like whenever the Hawks play in Arizona bad things happen on the injury front.

    If the Hawks stay focussed and healthy they should win this game.

  7. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Wasn’t the previous game vs Arizona when they first switched up the DL alignments?

    And now they’ve had several weeks to work that new scheme. I like the outlook for our pass rush in this game. I think Murray’s gonna be harried a lot today, resulting in visible frustration and hopefully some mistakes.

    I think Seattle get 1-2 INT today.

    Btw that’s how you mitigate DHop too — you force the issue with Murray, move him off his spot (preferably up into the pocket or to his left) and don’t give them time to implement their plays.

    James Conner is back, but I wonder how ready he is with ribs that are still sore and no game time in the last few weeks.

  8. Romeo A57 says:

    I am trying to put a reason as to why SDB is a much better site for Seahawks fans than anywhere else. Is it Rob, Curtis, Robbie and Alex analysis or is it the in-depth review of draft eligible college players.

    I am getting severe nausea from Field Goals and KIRO. They are more concerned about appeasing the fans by demanding that the Seahawks get more respect. Salk is saying that Seattle should win most of the NFL awards like MVP., Rookies of the year,Coach and GM of the year. Let’s ignore the fact that Seattle is already 3.5 games behind Philadelphia as the best team in the NFL.

    SDB is about how do the Seahawks improve to become an actual Superbowl contender. The 2022 Seahawks have proven to be a fun surprising team and what needs to happen to get us there?


    • Rob Staton says:

      I think the best thing about this place is we stick to the football

      We don’t dabble in drama or spend our entire time analysing what other websites are doing

      Best Seahawks community online for sure IMO

    • Peter says:


      OROY…..Walker and Lucas? Possible

      Coach…still think it’s Daboll and the fighting Siriani’s to lose.


      MVP….?….if allen keeps being allen and hurts gets the team to something like 14-3 or better surely it’d have to be those two. Now if Seattle gets to about 13 wins? All bets are off. If they (and Geno,) essentially double where they are at now: 10 wins. 4000 yards. 26 tds. 6 picks. Though an awesome year for Geno that doesn’t jump out as MVP numbers.

      Comeback player of the year….after watching a short Eisen clip about perseverance this one actually seems possible.

    • cha says:

      For me it’s about consistently calling good things good and making sure challenges are illuminated with equal vigor.

      That does not happen in other areas.

    • Big Mike says:

      I’ll give an example:
      I’d guess any number of those sites/people are still unwilling to come out and fully admit that the Adams trade was shit and that it would be best if he was just cut. On this site, it’s been stated correctly for 2 years now he should be gone. Meanwhile, I’m listening to Michael Lombardi with Cowherd last week and mentions Ryan Neal and that his play has been good. Then he says “he’s the player that replaced Jamal Adams and he’s a better player than Adams”, very matter of fact.
      There’s no blue and green glasses being worn by Rob, cha, Robbie, Adam and plenty of the posters. Likewise, if most of the people here are wrong about something like say Geno, they say so and they’re happy because it benefits the Seahawks and after all, we all want the team to win.

  9. TomLPDX says:

    While we are waiting for the Hawks to play later today, I keep hoping that Detroit kicks GB’s butt!

  10. bmseattle says:

    Taylor inactive?
    Is this the hip injury?
    I remember how slow and staggering he looked, while trying to return the fumble a couple of weeks back.
    Seems like this could potentially be an issue that isn’t improving.

  11. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Bills at Jets is enormously entertaining. Jets DEs Jermaine Johnson and Micheal Clemons are ballers.

    Tied at 17 with 2 minutes left in the game. Jets are driving from the doorstep of the red zone.

  12. pdway says:

    Myers has been money this year

  13. Blitzy the Clown says:


    So close to the sack

  14. Rob Staton says:

    We need a game wrecker up front

  15. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Opening drive defense is looking like it did against Atlanta. Dreadful.

  16. bmseattle says:

    Mafe on Hopkins, huh?

  17. Rob Staton says:

    I see the defense has gone back into hot knife through butter mode

  18. Blitzy the Clown says:


  19. AlaskaHawk says:

    I missed the early discussion about what is best about this site. I do look at field gulls after games, but that is my only other real comparison.

    The thing I like best is that Rob deletes the @hole conversations before I read them.
    Second best thing, Rob and Curtis analysis.
    Third best thing, a lot of home experts that chime in and add to the discussion.

  20. Big Mike says:

    All because of a sack that should have happened. Whatever our scheme is you simply cannot cover Hopkins with a linebacker. End of discussion, change your scheme if this is the case

  21. Henry Taylor says:

    So much for early scoreboard pressure.

  22. Romeo A57 says:

    Cardinals are a different team with Hopkins. Without a game wrecker in Murray’s face today, the redbirds might put up a lot of points

  23. Rob Staton says:

    This game already has ‘one of those days’ vibes

  24. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Nice block, rookie. Jeez…..

  25. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nice coverage on ST at least

  26. STTBM says:

    Seattle getting out coached yet again…sigh…

  27. Mick says:

    Not the best start, the O looks slow.

  28. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Gonna say it now. This is a must win game if we have any hope of winning the division. I’m fairly certain we drop next week in Munich just because it seems like the time shift and impending bye will be in everyone’s mind.

    Hurtt had better scheme a LOT better than he did on the first drive or we’re Wild Card, at best.

  29. TomLPDX says:

    Hang on guys, it’s gonna be a rough ride. But I think we pull it out.

  30. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Saved by their own mistake

    Mayhap the football gods smile upon us yet

  31. STTBM says:

    Dang, Seattle can’t even field a pint appropriately…

  32. Mick says:

    Why not catch the damn ball at 30 and let it roll for 10 more yards?

  33. Rob Staton says:

    Is Deejay Dallas allergic to a fair catch?

  34. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Geno ice

  35. Sea Mode says:

    I think we need some quick WR screens/sweeps to take advantage of them blitzing so much.

  36. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Lil razzle dazzle for ya

  37. cha says:

    I like that double-pass play. The Cards have been uber-aggressive so far on defense. Use it against them and make them think twice.

  38. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Keep smashing, K9! Need the D sucking wind…

  39. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Who let the dog out!

  40. cha says:

    There’s one explosive for K9

  41. Blitzy the Clown says:

    That was a thing of beauty DK

  42. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    I’m choosing to ignore the Metcalf pushoff. Nice drive!

  43. Big Mike says:

    Great footwork DK!

  44. Mick says:

    Great reaction DK after that should-have-been INT.

  45. AlaskaHawk says:

    That was a nice touchdown!!! Feeling like the Seahawks are a little more in control now.

  46. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Big TD for Seattle. Arizona are playing like they want the win. Seahawks will have to earn the victory if it’s to be theirs today

  47. Kyle R says:

    That extra point reminded me I should fear all kicks in this stadium as well as injuries

  48. Romeo A57 says:

    Nice catch by DK. Lucky XP by Meyers. A ton of poise and pocket presense by Geno on that drive. Let’s go Seahawks!

  49. TomLPDX says:

    Oh, just wanted to say. Detroit beat GB!!!! Yay!!!! Now, back to our regularly schedule program…

  50. Blitzy the Clown says:

    OMG did Barton just make a play

  51. Blitzy the Clown says:

    There it is!

    That’s INT #1

  52. Kyle R says:

    Damnit that could have been game changing

  53. Blitzy the Clown says:

    What a liability Diggs has become

  54. Kyle R says:

    Awesome blow up there by Woolen

  55. Big Mike says:

    Good job Diggs. That’s what we get for what we’re paying you. You just cost your team a shot at another TD.

  56. KD says:

    Bloody hell Diggs!

  57. Hawks4life says:

    Barton chasing ghosts out there lol

  58. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Gotta get off the field, D!

  59. Mick says:

    Boy the Cards are good at shooting themselves in the foot. And again that shows what a hit Lucas and Cross are.

  60. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Hey TomLPDX you may be right about Arizona imploding

  61. bmseattle says:

    An actual punt return?

  62. bmseattle says:


  63. Big Mike says:

    Now take advantage of the field position Hawks

  64. cha says:

    The Cardinals are a powder keg.

    Seahawks need to light the match.

  65. Kyle R says:

    Thank God for Arizona helping give moment back after that stupid penalty by Diggs

  66. STTBM says:

    Murray really chewing out Hopkins after that third down…

  67. DriveByPoster says:

    The cardinals are doing a good job of marching themselves back toward their goal line. At this rate they will be starting their drive out in the car park.

  68. Trevor says:

    Those two rookie CB are already really good and difference makers.

  69. Kyle R says:

    Murray is like “I’m giving up Call of Duty time over this shit!”

  70. Blitzy the Clown says:

    That was ugly

  71. Mick says:

    What in the world is this play call???

  72. cha says:

    So go for it on 4th and 3 and call the exact same play as you did last week?

    You don’t think Arizona would have seen the tape and be ready for that?

  73. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Waldron needs to chill with these low percentage success play designs. Completely shat the bed on 3rd and 4th down.

  74. Henry Taylor says:

    Hate the sweep to Homer on 3rd down.

  75. STTBM says:

    Damn, that was a stupid play call! Back to the well once too often–they just ran that play last week! Way too soon to try it again! They need to let Geno naked bootleg that one!

  76. Big Mike says:

    If your QB is making nearly all great decisions, shouldn’t you give him the chance to pick up 3rd and 4th and 3?

  77. Sea Mode says:

    Haynes with the Jamal Adams’ patented arms extended after giving up the bad play.

  78. mantis says:

    i can’t believe how some people criticize every little missed play while the team is playing way above everyone’s expectations

  79. Scot04 says:

    Absolutely brutal 3rd & 4th down calls

  80. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    On a cold day, I like my blanket Woolen!

  81. Kyle R says:

    Woolen with the big play!

  82. Canadian Hawk says:


    Man is he good

  83. bmseattle says:


  84. pdway says:

    man, what a gem Woolen is

  85. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Fantastic coverage by Woolen

  86. Mick says:

    Woolen is killing it.

  87. Big Mike says:

    Next time he’ll undercut that and pick it

  88. KD says:

    Brilliant play by Woolen there. That a stud

  89. Hawkster says:

    Woolen v Hopkins. Nice play

  90. Trevor says:

    If Woolen can hold up against Hopkins today it will be another great sign.

  91. Rob Staton says:

    Offense feels very conservative today

  92. pdway says:

    as we are struggling to get guys open down the field – strikes me that we are missing Goodwin a little. Wish Eskridge was better.

  93. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Dammit Tyler! Went down too early

  94. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Tyler denying himself YAC every week is driving me crazy.

  95. Hawks4life says:

    I’m so tired of Lockett giving himself up

  96. Kyle R says:

    Goddamn Locket quit giving yourself up constantly and know where you are!! You owe us a big play now

  97. bmseattle says:

    Fighting for a few extra yards in not Lockett’s strength, unfortunately.

  98. Blitzy the Clown says:

    What a play by Dareke!

  99. Palatypus says:

    Well that was a stressful four hours at work.

    What did I miss?

  100. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Alright defense. Let’s turn up the heat to close out the half!

  101. STTBM says:

    Can’t remember the last time Seattle pinned a team deep and didn’t immediately let them off the hook…

  102. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Mike Jackson went through Nuk to make that play

  103. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    C’mon, D. Get of the field and give the O a chance….

  104. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Are you f*cking kidding me?

  105. Big Mike says:

    Horrific defense

  106. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Jeezus Jordyn that was a hit

  107. AlaskaHawk says:

    Murray has twice as much yardage scrambling as he does passing.

  108. Sea Mode says:


  109. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    From ugly to FANTASTIC in four seconds!

  110. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Hahahahaha I love it!

  111. AlaskaHawk says:

    Whoo Hoo! Murray trying too hard and now the seahawks defense comes through.

  112. Kyle R says:

    Ryan Neal best safety on the team and it isn’t even close

  113. Mick says:

    Awesome job, come on!

  114. cha says:

    Extend Neal now.

    Like, right now. At halftime.

  115. Big Mike says:

    Terrible defensive series saved by Murray’s bad play after a bad play drop on the previous play

  116. Robbie says:

    Thank you Ryan Neal from saving me from having to buy a new TV.

  117. Sea Mode says:

    We’ve GOT to get Murray sacked a few times in the 2nd half.

  118. STTBM says:

    Seattle playing scared on offense, sitting on their hands. Enough trickery, let ’em play!

    • Rob Staton says:

      Can only imagine they want to avoid chaos because that’s what Arizona’s D with all the blitzing specialises in

      But someone is going to need to make some plays eventually

      • STTBM says:

        Yes, Seattle doesn’t trust their line vs AZ, but the tricky stuff is ridiculous–and it isn’t working. You got to at least try to get the ball to Lockett and Metcalf down field. They need to give those guys a chance to make a play. Eskridge, Parkinson, and Fant aren’t going to win the game for us.

  119. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    For a makeshift O-Line they’ve got in, Murray’s uni is WAY TOO clean. Owosu isn’t nearly enough to get pressure.

  120. KennyBadger says:

    Ryan F Neal.

    Good to be ahead at half!

  121. Rob Staton says:

    Weird first half

  122. Trevor says:

    Why do almost all Seahawks / Cardinals games seem like something out of Bizaro world?

  123. Blitzy the Clown says:

    The DL isn’t playing badly. Cards have 77 yards rushing and Murray’s responsible for 53 of them, sowe’re shutting down the run. So much for Conner’s return.

    But the pass rush just isn’t cutting it. We can’t generate any inside pressure, so the DTs are lining up in the B and C gaps which may help contain Murray laterally, but it concedes too much inside and Murray has too much time.

  124. Sea Mode says:

    LOL Cards fans take on Murray’s terrible body language… 😂

    Anyways, let’s just play solid fundamental football, get the win, and get out of there without any injuries.

  125. Big Mike says:

    These announcers are better than what we’ve had the last couple of weeks especially moose Johnston. However when the play by play guy says 4 man rush and the seahawks are clearly blitzing an extra guy you feel like saying “are you watching the game?”

  126. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Hey guys can we please not tease the jinxster djinns in this stadium?

  127. Rob Staton says:

    Bloody hell Geno make a decision

  128. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Oh ffs that’s just anemic

  129. Rob Staton says:

    Look it’s 2nd and 2 just run Ken Walker he has nine carries

    • Big Mike says:

      Agree. I liked throwing on 1st down but yeah 2nd and 2, just give the ball to your stud running back get a first down to get things moving.

  130. Henry Taylor says:

    Something about both these teams defenses is the kryptonite for the opposing offense. Neither unit can do much of anything today.

  131. Mick says:

    The second sack is on Haynes. We have a hole at RG. But Geno should get rid of it faster.

  132. Palatypus says:

    That guy at the Senior Bowl who told me that Sauce Gardner should be the first cornerback picked is looking pretty smart right now.

  133. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Finally! Uchena gets another with an assist from Neal

  134. Mick says:

    Onujiogu tackling better than Diggs.

  135. Blitzy the Clown says:

    That was two forward passes

  136. KennyBadger says:

    That’s clearly 2 forward!

  137. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Derp derp

  138. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    2 forward passes in the same play? This isn’t practice in the NCAA, Kingsbury.

  139. Mick says:

    We could keep it three-and-out for the rest of the game and win it 10-7.

  140. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Thanks, Geno……. SMH.

  141. Blitzy the Clown says:


  142. Big Mike says:

    He telegraphed that by turning around and talking to Walker before the play even happened

  143. STTBM says:

    This is what sitting on your hands gets you. Playing not to lose makes you not win.

    And the Real Geno is back. Sigh. I was almost ready to believe in the guy. This game is a real stinker.

  144. Sea Mode says:

    Geno gotta work on those little rainbow passes. Was pardoned the 1st one, not this time.

  145. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Lazy pass

  146. Canadian Hawk says:


    Have they forgotten KW3 is still able to run?

  147. Mick says:

    For all the beautiful throws Geno’s made this season, I can give him this mistake.

  148. Romeo A57 says:

    Please don’t let Geno turn into a pumpkin 🙏

  149. Henry Taylor says:

    Geno is having his worst game of the year, except maybe San Fran.

  150. Sea Mode says:

    Apparently, we don’t believe we can run the ball against their DL I guess.

  151. 206 says:

    He aint perfect. Lets see how the offense responds.

  152. bmseattle says:

    maybe we should sign Dalton this off season

  153. AlaskaHawk says:

    Can the Seahawks quite screwing around and pass downfield? Like past the first down marker? This looks exactly like previous years offenses. Moving laterally instead of downfield.

    Even if that pass was successful there were lots of defense in front of him.

  154. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    We’ll see what Geno is made of on this next drive. Will he revert back to pumpkin form? Or, will he take it personal and sharpen up?

  155. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Feed the dog!

  156. Kyle R says:

    Time for Waldron to adjust and adapt in the second half just like it looks like Arizona’s Defense has.

  157. Big Mike says:

    Are we collapsing?

  158. Blitzy the Clown says:

    The catch and the foul

  159. Kyle R says:

    See Locket you can take a hit and still make a first down!

  160. AlaskaHawk says:

    Finally a pass downfield = and thanks for holding on Lockett.

  161. cha says:

    Tough, gutsy response by Geno and the Hawks on this drive.

  162. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Now that’s a nice play. Run more of those

  163. Big Mike says:

    Is finally getting some rhythm back

  164. Blitzy the Clown says:

    DK the technician

  165. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    For the love of gods, get the first down. Head downhill!

  166. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I don’t understand some of these play calls

  167. Big Mike says:

    Is stop forcing it Gino

  168. Robbie says:

    Should have been picked….

  169. Sea Mode says:

    All Lockett does…

  170. Blitzy the Clown says:

    There we go! Some redemption

  171. STTBM says:

    Damn, Geno can battle, I give him that! Ice water in his veins too, that was a tense drive, and he converted 4 third downs!

  172. Henry Taylor says:

    Great bounceback drive, but both Geno’s TDs today have come after dropped picks, could be a very different day.

  173. AlaskaHawk says:

    Yes Lockett. See they just need to make plays downfield.

    Every time the Seahawks go sideways they are beat = because the Arizona defense is faster than our line.

  174. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    There it is. Geno bounced back.

  175. Mick says:

    Way to come back. Lockett and DK are gold for us. I’m sorry to say this but Geno isn’t what he seemed to be. We’re lucky he didn’t throw 3 INTs so far.

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      He’s human. He can have a bad game and still be what he seems.

    • 206 says:

      Joe Burrow had a 3 pick game this, A-rod did today, let’s see where Geno is sitting at the end of the year and then make a judgement!

    • Hawkster says:

      That last ne was just a passed defensed with a lucky vertical bounce for the INT threat. But the TE had the defender blocked out throwing dead into a big body. Not an unreasonable decision IMO

    • cha says:

      If Geno overcomes this with some solid play that will only add to his prowess.

      Being able to win when you’re not at your best is a necessary trait to be successful in the NFL.

  176. Romeo A57 says:

    Nice push off and catch by Tyler. Huge touchdown!

  177. Matt says:

    Geno has played well, but man I can never remember 7-8 easy interceptions (on the year) just being dropped by the defense. He’s riding a good combo of playing well and being absurdly lucky.

    • Matt says:

      This isn’t Geno hate – he’s played great. Again, just amazed how many absurdly easy interceptions are dropped. He could easily have 10 INTs this year.

  178. Kyle R says:

    Boo whooo Budda Baker did little ‘ol Tyler Locket push you that far off and back?!

  179. Pran says:

    Coming out that injury timeout, why don’t they run the ball. Lucky that INT was missed. Pete, pound the ball.

  180. Peter says:

    Walkers yards per carry are crap right now but I’d love to have him and the running backs get closer to 50/50 of the snaps going forward.

    Just burn as much time as possible on the clock.

  181. pdway says:

    AZ defense is better than I’d thought – nothing coming easy at all today, for an offense that has been rolling for weeks. conversion to Lockett the play of the game for us so far – we really needed it.

  182. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    If the rest of our pass rush could even be league average, Nwosu would be up there in sack leaders.

  183. cha says:

    Missed tackles today. So, so many missed tackles.

  184. Big Mike says:

    Tackling is absolute shit right now

  185. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Bryant has a nose for the ball, but his tackling is less than impressive.

  186. AlaskaHawk says:

    Seahawks pass rush getting better = maybe they wore them down?

  187. Sea Mode says:

    We are so good at giving up 3rd and long it is sad

  188. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Irvin gets one

  189. Kyle R says:

    Old man Bruce power!

  190. Hawkster says:

    Bryant needs to make that tackle.

  191. Rob Staton says:

    I love Shelby Harris

  192. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Yes! Way to get off the field!

  193. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Fant is a nice piece but Harris was a great grab by Schneider in that trade.

  194. Palatypus says:

    Und der Quarterback geht zu Boden !!!

  195. TomLPDX says:

    Good job old man! (Shelby)

  196. Rob Staton says:

    Bloody hell Dallas

  197. pdway says:

    pass rush has been there all day today!

  198. STTBM says:

    Special Teams has lost their way this year. And we need a new punt returner.

  199. Matt says:

    Have to capitalize on this luck – won’t get the bounces like this all the time.

  200. Henry Taylor says:

    I would like to draft a punt returner in 2023.

  201. Mick says:

    Dallas playing with our nerves. But it’s great we stopped them again. We should get at least a FG.

  202. Canadian Hawk says:

    I think we thing that has to be a must for the 2023 – draft someone who can return punts/kickoffs.

    Way too much of an adventure right now.

  203. Kyle R says:

    It’s the old men on the line getting it done in the send half. Bruce and Shelby

  204. Palatypus says:

    Bitte mehr Laufspiele mit Kenneth Walker.

    (Just practicing for next week.)

  205. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nice play action to Parkinson

  206. bmseattle says:

    Sure is nice to watch a game without a ton of penalties.

  207. pdway says:

    so nice having Walker on this team

  208. Peter says:

    Walker ypc going slowly up…..this is the time to feed him

  209. TomLPDX says:

    Old man Geno making the play..

  210. Mick says:

    Nice run Geno!

  211. cha says:


  212. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Hahaha Geno just foolin!

  213. Big Mike says:

    Where’s Walker?

  214. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Cardinals know how to tackle

  215. TomLPDX says:

    I want this Walker TD!!!

  216. Hawks4life says:

    Walker TD incoming

  217. Kyle R says:

    Give it to Walker and finish them!!!

  218. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Now we’re playin Seahawks football

  219. Palatypus says:

    [Que techno music]

    DU !!!

    DU HASST !!!


  220. Mick says:

    Yess!!! Way to go Walker!

  221. Henry Taylor says:

    That was an incredible drive, I withdraw all my negative statements about Geno

    • Mick says:

      I still think sometimes he’s not making best decisions when throwing. But he did just perfect this drive.

  222. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Woof! Woof!

    The dog is barking!

  223. AlaskaHawk says:

    Yes that’s what I like to see. Geno still has some moves! Receivers catching balls and Walker pounding it home.

  224. Blitzy the Clown says:

    That was a gut check drive people

    • Peter says:

      Exactly. Letting teams hang around is not winning football. Putting teams away? That’s what a good team does.

  225. pdway says:

    well – – that’s just a winning football drive right there

    love the playcalling, Geno’s steadiness and willingness to take what’s there makes us a good 4th quarter team

  226. Matt says:

    Good teams capitalize on luck. Seahawks absolutely did that today. Big kudos.

  227. Big Mike says:

    Winning teams come up with big drives in situations like that.
    Now please don’t go completely prevent soft defense

  228. AlaskaHawk says:

    I really think half of the offense problems have been trying to play laterally instead of downfield. I can’t blame Geno for those sort of issues, even if his sideways pass did get picked off earlier.

  229. bmseattle says:

    I love watching Geno get to the line early… evaluate what the defense is doing, then adjust the play.
    He’s always been talented, but it seems like the biggest difference with him has been his confidence and ability to read a defense.
    Such a cool thing to see.

  230. KennyBadger says:

    Pete Ball!

  231. Sea Mode says:


  232. Palatypus says:

    I don’t think that is a catch.

  233. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Looks like a catch and fumble to me

  234. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Not likely to hold up but a great play by Coby. When he’s not missing tackles, dude is a football pugilist.

    • pdway says:

      it’s true re his tackling – – but dude is definitely a contributor to this defensive surge — you want him out there. what a great 4th round find.

  235. Big Mike says:

    What will New York want it to be?
    You keep more viewers if it’s ruled incomplete

  236. AlaskaHawk says:

    They were calling those drops earlier in the season, seems like the officials have changed their minds. There was no football move.

    But I hope it works out in our favor. Nice hustle defense!

  237. Blitzy the Clown says:


  238. AlaskaHawk says:

    Still time for Arizona to win on the 4.5 point spread.

  239. bmseattle says:

    we’ve mostly contained Hopkins today.

  240. Palatypus says:

    Arizona just took three minutes off the clock on this drive.

  241. Sea Mode says:

    Darn, that’s two Cobe Bryant turnovers negated today…

  242. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Damn it, Uchenna. Waste of a bad snap.

  243. Pran says:

    Tackling is the worst

  244. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Just plain ass. I get the D is gassed but this is what you play for.

  245. Big Mike says:

    Prevent defense and a shit call by New York to keep AZ in the game and now we’re faced with a need for first downs

  246. Rob Staton says:

    We better not blow this

  247. Palatypus says:

    How many first downs do we need? Four?

  248. Pran says:

    Diggs was just standing watching on that TD play.

  249. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Time for Walker to bust a big run

  250. pdway says:

    don’t get too conservative here. short pass plays are our bread and butter for 1st downs.

  251. Sea Mode says:

    Timeout on a kickoff? That’s a new one to me…

  252. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Here we go. Let’s not outsmart ourselves, please…

  253. cha says:


  254. TomLPDX says:

    Amazing play by Fant!

  255. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Man they’ve just torched Arizona on that misdirection play action to the TE

  256. TomLPDX says:

    I keep waiting for K9 to break a big one

  257. Big Mike says:

    They just waste of the time out with fat offside

  258. cha says:

    Love it when you can hear the 12’s chants on the broadcast. SEA-HAWKS!

  259. Blitzy the Clown says:

    That’ll do Kenny

  260. cha says:

    That’s either 3 or 4 explosive runs for Walker today.

  261. bmseattle says:

    If we get out of this stadium without a serious injury, I’ll be thrilled

  262. Romeo A57 says:

    Walker is closing out another game win 😀

  263. what the hell is with NFL coaches not saving a timeout for after the 2 minute warning?

  264. Palatypus says:

    Tom Brady just pass 100,000 passing yards.

    So I guess he’s no longer under warranty?

  265. Big Mike says:

    So that’s what a winning team does. I’m so impressed with this team

  266. Blitzy the Clown says:


  267. pdway says:

    this ain’t your 2021 seahawks!

  268. Trevor says:

    No that is how you close out a football game. Walker is a stud!

  269. AlaskaHawk says:


  270. Peter says:

    Lost in the geno smith hype train….

    Walker might actually be the real reason this offense is clicking.

  271. TomLPDX says:

    Here we go, we got this!

  272. cha says:

    A tough division win with overcoming some mistakes is just what the doctor ordered.

    This Seahawks team is for real.

  273. KennyBadger says:

    What a season man.

  274. GoHawks5151 says:

    That Colby Parkinson kick out play is money. Ran it back to back to get that TD. Same one as the long TD vs SD. Schematically beautiful, executed even better

  275. pdway says:

    Nwosu could use a pass rush buddy…..but man, he’s been dynamite in these 4th quarter close out the game situations this year.

  276. Trevor says:

    Has there been a better FA signing than Nwosu?

  277. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Keep eating, D. Kyler needs to take a few more sacks to keep the clock running.

  278. Kyle R says:

    Somebody that is much better than me at creating memes needs to do an old school Mortal Kombat “finish him” but with Kenneth Walker photoshoped on it.

  279. cha says:

    Even LJ Collier is getting a sack!

  280. Troy says:

    Anyone care to hazard a guess what our record with be with Wilson? I’m honestly stating 3-6. Geno has been that good, and Wilson has been that bad

  281. Big Mike says:

    The best formation there is, the victory formation

  282. Henry Taylor says:

    4 two score wins on the bounce

  283. Trevor says:

    This rookie class is ridiculously good. Woolen did as good a job on Hopkins today as I have every seen any QB with little or no help most times.

  284. Sea Mode says:

    Who’s gonna do the victory formation backflip with Goodwin out…?

  285. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Well done Seattle

  286. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Great win! But lost in the hoopla…. Did we escape this field of horrors without an injury?

  287. pdway says:

    they just said Hawks converted their last seven 3rd downs in a row….that’s great offense.

    • Hawkster says:

      Geno with his legs for some clutch conversions in that stretch.

    • STTBM says:

      That’s a tired out defense. I hate saying it, because it almost fell apart, but PeteBall worked, wearing the D down by making them run side to side for three quarters, then pounding the ball straight down their throat to close the game out.

  288. pdway says:

    stars are really pretty one-sided – – more so than the score.

    We outgained them 421-262, and had 27 first downs to their 15.

    Without that pick-6, it’s a pretty stress-free win.

    • Seattle Person says:

      10-15 on 3rd downs for the offense. 2 sacks allowed.

      5 sacks for the defense. 6/14 for the Cardinals on 3rd downs.

      I think the Seahawks completely outclassed the Cardinals.

  289. Troy says:

    Would you rather have Kenneth Walker, Noah Fant, Shelby Harris, Geno Smith, and more 1st round draft picks next year, or Russell Wilson and his $250 million contract?

    Shit this is a hard one guys give me some time

  290. Palatypus says:

    Tom Brady looks like he wants to leave the country.

  291. cha says:

    DeAndre Hopkins: 4 catches on 5 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown

  292. Sea Mode says:

    Bucs with a miracle drive and now set up on the 1 yd line!

  293. Blitzy the Clown says:

    TB just took the lead vs LA! 15-13 Bucs with only 9 seconds left

    Doing us a favor before we beat them next week in Munich

  294. Hawks4life says:

    Have a fun flight back to LA

  295. Big Mike says:

    I think mcvey retires at the end of the year