ReFo: Cardinals @ Seahawks, Week 12

Notables for both sides discussed as Thomas Maney shares a selection of player grades from the Cardinals-Seahawks Week 12 game.

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2014-REFO-WK12-ARZ@SEA

ReFo: Cardinals @ Seahawks, Week 12


2014-REFO-WK12-ARZ@SEAThis looked to be a defensive battle coming into the game, and that’s exactly what we got as the Seattle defense shut down Arizona in their second game since losing Carson Palmer for the season, holding the Cardinals to a mere field goal.

Now the NFC West is even more interesting as we head into the final five weeks with Arizona sitting two games ahead of Seattle and San Francisco. The Cardinals have the easier remaining schedule on paper, though they have to be concerned with their QB play and shooting themselves in the foot on a few occasions in this game. Conversely, Seattle faces a gauntlet to close out the season and only gets two of their final five at home.

Arizona Cardinals – Performances of Note

Drew Stanton, QB: -2.3

Breakdown: Another shaky outing for Stanton, who struggled against Seattle’s blitz, averaging less than three yards per attempt on just under a third of his drop backs. He did cut down on big misreads and interceptions, throwing just one pick on Sunday – at 12:14 of the second quarter, he locked onto Andre Ellington on an out downfield, failing to see Byron Maxwell, who came off of his coverage underneath to jump the route.

Signature Stat: Completed just one of five attempts to the right side of the field (outside the numbers), where Richard Sherman spent 50 of his 55 snaps.

Deone Bucannon, DB: +1.2

Breakdown: One of the standouts on the Arizona defense, Bucannon picked up a sack and four other defensive stops, excelling coming forward in coverage to hold Seattle to short gains.

Signature Play: 2Q, 13:31. With the Seahawks facing third down in scoring position at the 5-yard line, Bucannon rushed quickly off the edge, containing the mobile Wilson and notching the sack to force a field goal.

Jaron Brown, WR: -2.6

Breakdown: Brown had a fairly quiet day in terms of production with 24 yards gained on three catches, but a pair of significant blunders stood out. On the first, near the end of the first half (2Q, 0:19), Brown dropped one of the easiest touchdown catches you’ll see on a short curl in the end zone – a pivotal moment in the game forcing Arizona to settle for a field goal going into halftime. The second play occurred in the fourth at 9:08, when Brown almost coughed it up near his own goal, fortunate that the ball landed out of bounds before Seattle could recover it.

Signature Stat: Brown logged a season-high 46 snaps after playing just 10 last week and 75 in the first 11 weeks.

Seattle Seahawks – Performances of Note

Bobby Wagner, LB: +3.9

Breakdown: In his first action since Week 6, Wagner made life difficult for the Arizona offense as he collected three stops in run defense, while making the most of his seven pass rushes pressuring the QB twice. And on plays where he wasn’t involved in the tackle, Wagner still opened up plays for his teammates, beating blocks and squeezing the point of attack, as FB Robert Hughes can attest on a pair of second quarter runs.

Signature Play: 1Q, 1:19. His quick pressure against center Lyle Sendlein forced Stanton to climb the pocket almost immediately after hitting the back of his drop, resulting in an easy cleanup sack for Jordan Hill.

Kam Chancellor, S: +3.4

Breakdown: Arizona elected to block Chancellor with receivers and tight ends in the run game, and after collecting season highs in tackles and stops, it’s safe to say that the Seahawk safety won those matchups. He also played well in coverage with his two catches allowed going for just 5 yards combined; a nice bounce back from a rough season thus far.

Signature Play: 2Q, 5:28.Got inside of WR Michael Floyd to drop Andre Ellington for a short gain on first down.

Russell Okung, LT: +4.4

Breakdown: The less heralded Russell on Seattle’s offense, Okung had a clean sheet in pass protection allowing no pressures in 32 passing snaps. Also made several nice blocks in the run game to round out his grade, including a pair of seals on Calais Campbell inside.

Signature Stat: After seven penalties in a span of three games early in the season, Okung hasn’t been penalized in his last five games.

PFF Game Ball

This one goes to Bobby Wagner in his return for his work holding the Cardinals to a field goal.

 

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  • Jon

    Lol. Jeremy Hill…come on guys. It’s not hard to read a box score to get the name right.

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  • Jason Williams

    I kept waiting for Arizona to hit on a downfield pass like they had all year and then I look up at the score and it’s 19-3 and it’s too late. It just never clicked for the Cardinals yesterday. But I haven’t given up on them. I still think they are the team to beat in the NFC.

    • Ace Buzby

      The Cardinals are still very much in control of the NFC West. If the Cardinals take care of business the rest of the way, they will not only win the NFC West, they will be at home throughout the playoffs. It still looks like AZ is the team to beat this season.

      • [email protected]

        It takes more than just home field advantage to win in the playoffs. Arizona’s home field is barely an advantage anyways.

        • Ace Buzby

          Agreed, and I am a Seahawks fan.
          AZ has a great chance at going all the way. I don’t doubt them.

          • [email protected]

            Its ridiculous, Todd Bowles needs to be a head coach get him out of here.

    • [email protected]

      That was the L.O.B. You better recognize.

      • Jason Williams

        ugh. gross.

        • [email protected]

          Seattle is a house of horrors for opposing quarterbacks. If you expected Drew Stanton to come in here and throw the ball all over this defense you’re stupid or insane.

          Sure fire hall of fame quaterbacks with elite offenses have come in here and gotten absolutely destroyed. No QB has had a good day here in 3 years.

          • Jason Williams

            I don’t doubt any of that. But using “you better recognize” in 2014 on a football website’s comments is sad, my friend.

          • [email protected]

            That’s what happens when you come in here with a mediocre comment like that. LOB

          • Jason Williams

            ok. Thank you for correcting me. I sure won’t make that mistake again.

      • Bill

        L.O.B. are bums compared to The Ravens Secondary. Seattle will go to the super bowl this year and get whooped 52 to 3 to THE RAVENS

        • [email protected]

          I respect the Ravens, they play smash mouth football just like the Seahawks. Plus you have Marshawn Lynch’s backup so thats pretty cool.

  • [email protected]

    Seattle is getting better each week now. They really found something with Moeaki and Helfet as a two TE package. They’ve won 4 of their last 5 games and the defense is getting healthy. That wasn’t just a ‘mistake’ by Drew Stanton. Byron Maxwell made a great play to come off his receiver and jump that route in a split second.

  • Fintasy

    The Cards have done well despite the huge holes in their OL, TEs, LBs, and QB. Heck, I just listed half the team……

    • [email protected]

      Yes, this is a weird year with injuries. I really believe the number of injuries is related to the DEA probe into team doctors. I think a lot of these injuries in previous years would be treated with an injection rather than missing games. Its not very good football, its more attrition than anything else.

    • RA

      At various points on offense SEA has been down their LT, LG, LG2, C, C2, C3, TE, TE2, FB, and traded away Percy. Have been missing CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, MLB, ROLB, DT, RE2, and Kam has also missed games / has been playing injured. No need to tell us about teams being hit by the injury Bug.

      The corners have even bigger impact when you figure that their current #2 would have been a #4 last season and so on. At one point Marcus Burley a player fresh off the IND practice squad was starting opposite Sherman with a back up safety playing Nickel.

      • [email protected]

        People talk about the offense missing Golden Tate and Zach Miller but they forget that Sidney Rice retired also. He was their WR1 going into 2013.

  • Football

    Love how all the Seahawks “fans” come out of hiding after a victory. Probably Giants and Cavs fans too.

    • [email protected]

      Who are you talking about? I was here when the Seahawks were 3-3 and lost 2 straight. I said they had 3 winnable games and would probably be 6-3 and the season would turn around.