The Seattle Seahawks continued their hot start to the season when they steamrolled divisional rivals Arizona Cardinals in a 34-22 road victory in their National Football League clash on Thursday.
The Seahawks remain in control of the National Football Conference West, moving to 6-1 atop the division, the first time the franchise has started a season so well, as both sides of the ball contributed in an impressive display.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had two fumbles, but completed 18 of 29 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, while the Seahawks defense forced Cardinal quarterback Carson Palmer into two critical interceptions and sacked him seven times.
Both interceptions, one in the first quarter and one in the third, eventually led to Seattle touchdowns on the following drive and took Palmer’s season tally to 13 in seven games.
“We got off to a great start and scored some great touchdowns in the first 15 ... it doesn’t get much better than that,” Wilson told reporters. “I thought the offensive line did a very good job tonight and the defense was great going up against a very good football team.”
Wilson was careful to keep a lid on the hype building, with plenty of pundits already calling a Seattle against Denver Super Bowl.
“The biggest thing is just ignore the noise,” he said. “I think the biggest thing for us is staying in the moment.”
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for a touchdown on one of his 21 carries, which took him 91 yards in a dogged display.
The visitors stamped their authority early, scoring the opening two touchdowns of the night to bust out to an early 14-0 lead.
The home side clawed back to within four with a touchdown to Rashard Mendenhall and a 49-yard field goal from Jay Feely, but the Seahawks went to the break leading 17-10 after a late 51-yard field goal of their own.
Feely once again had the Cardinals just four back with a 52-yard field goal to start the third quarter, before back-to-back Seattle touchdowns.
Arizona added some respectability to the score line with the final touchdown of the night.
Palmer finished with 30-45 for 258 yards, with one touchdown and the two picks, as the Cardinals dropped to 3-4.