The Arizona Cardinals stayed close for a half with the division-leading Seattle Seahawks Thursday night, but in the end Pete Carroll’s squad had no problem delivering a powerful primetime at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Here’s a look back at the Cardinals’ 34-22 loss by the numbers:
Marshawn Lynch’s two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter marked the first time all season Arizona had allowed a rushing touchdown at home.
Seattle tight ends Kellen Davis and Zach Miller each caught a touchdown pass Thursday. The Cardinals have given up two more touchdowns in a game to the opposing team’s tight end(s) on four different occasions.
For the first time in his NFL career, Russell Wilson passed for three touchdowns in a road game.
With their win over the Cardinals in Glendale, the Seahawks improved to 6-1 on the season — their best seven-game start in franchise history.
Carson Palmer was sacked a season-high seven times in the 18-point loss, as Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril and Tony McDaniel manhandled the Cardinals’ offensive line — in particular left tackle Bradley Sowell. Arizona QBs have been sacked 16 times in the team’s last two Thursday night games.
Arizona has lost eight straight games within the division dating back to its win at home vs. Seattle in Week 1 of 2012.
Kicker Jay Feely was once again a bright spot for Arizona in a losing effort. The 37-year-old knocked all three of his kicks through the uprights, including one from 52 yards out. Feely has made 11 in a row following his miss in the first half of Week 1.
Bruce Arians’ squad dropped two games within the division in a span of five days. Both games were decided by the same point differential of 12.
Carson Palmer threw two more interceptions against the Seahawks, bringing his total to 13 through the first seven weeks. As a Raider, Palmer had 14 all of 2012.
A week after posting his best statistical performance of the season (six catches, 117 yards and a touchdown), Larry Fitzgerald was held to just two catches for 17 yards against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks’ secondary.
Through seven games, the Cardinals find themselves at 3-4. Their four losses, however, have come to team with a combined 18-7 record.
The Cardinals picked a bad time to have their worst rushing performance of the season. On 18 carries, Arizona backs had just 30 yards on the ground — good for 1.7 yards/carry average.
Linebacker John Abraham recorded the first two sacks of his Cardinals’ career in the third quarter Thursday, with one of the QB takedowns resulting in a forced fumble. Seattle’s Russell Wilson became the 61st different quarterback Abraham has sacked in his NFL career.
Seattle’s offense was very efficient on third down Thursday night, converting on seven of 12 opportunities (58.3 percent).
Jay Feely’s 49-yard field goal in the second quarter snapped Arizona’s scoring drought of 90 minutes and 57 seconds against Seattle dating back to an Andre Roberts’ go-ahead touchdown grab in the team’s 20-16 win back in Sept. 2012.