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Analysis: Three thoughts following the Seahawks’ costly win over 
Cardinals on Thursday night
Originally published November 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm Updated November 9, 
2017 at 10:19 pm

Here are three takeaways following a bittersweet 22-16 win for the 
Seahawks on Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

Stefanie Loh By Stefanie Loh
Seattle Times staff reporter
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Seahawks pulled out a gritty 22-16 win over their 
NFC West rival, the Arizona Cardinals, at University of Phoenix Stadium 
on Thursday night. But at what cost?

1. This one could turn out to be costly
Boy, was this an ugly, ugly game. And it might cost the Seahawks in the 
long run. By its end, nine Seahawks including quarterback Russell Wilson 
had left the game at some point to be examined for injuries.

Only three returned. Thankfully for the Seahawks, this number included 
Wilson, who missed one play after his head snapped back on the end of a 
tackle. Wilson was examined on the sideline and returned to play. 
Cornerback Shaq Griffin was examined for a shoulder issue, but he only 
missed half a series before returning. Sheldon Richardson was examined 
in the fourth quarter after he collided with Frank Clark while trying to 
make a tackle. Richardson returned by the end of the series. Clark 
sustained a thigh injury, and was classified as questionable to return.

Seahawks 22, Cardinals 16

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Richard Sherman wasn’t as lucky either. The Seahawks’ star cornerback 
went down in the third quarter while defending a pass against Larry 
Fitzgerald. He hobbled off the field clearly in pain and was ushered in 
the med tent. The official designation was that he had a heel injury and 
would not return.

But on the sideline later, the TV cameras caught Sherman mouthing what 
looked like “tore my Achilles” to his defensive teammates. Sherman has 
dealt with an Achilles issue this fall, but has managed to play through 
it so far.

If this is indeed the case, the Seahawks are in trouble. When Sherman 
went out, he was replaced at left cornerback by Jeremy Lane. The 
Cardinals immediately tried to target Lane, throwing in his direction on 
two of the next three plays. One was a catch by J.J. Nelson for 17 
yards. On the second, Nelson dropped what should have been a reception.

Still, the point is clear – there is a distinct drop off without Sherman 
on the field. And if his Achilles is indeed torn, the Seahawks will 
mostly likely have to pick up another cornerback to supplement the 
roster. Earl Thomas is still out too, don’t forget. So the Seahawks 
finished out the game with Bradley McDougald, Kam Chancellor, Jeremy 
Lane, Justin Coleman and Neiko Thorpe as their five remaining healthy 
defensive backs.

But, the Seahawks might have to deal with a lot more than just Sherman’s 
absence.

In only his second game as a Seahawk, left tackle Duane Brown sustained 
an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return. Matt Tobin 
subbed in at left tackle instead.

Defensive tackle Jarran Reed injured a hamstring and did not return, 
running back C.J. Prosise – who has missed four games with an ankle 
injury this season – left in the third quarter with (you guessed it) an 
ankle injury. He, too, did not return. In the fourth quarter, linebacker 
Michael Wilhoite sustained a calf injury. He did not return either.

How many injuries can a team take in one game?

In case you’re wondering, the Cardinals didn’t escape unscathed either. 
They lost safety Tyvon Branch, tackle D.J. Humphries and tight end 
Ifeanyi Momah to injuries too. None of the injured players returned.

2. Those penalties? Yeah they’re still a problem
This week, after the Seahawks registered 16 penalties and came one 
penalty shy of tying the club’s record for most penalties in a game, 
they stressed that they had to clean up the silly mistakes causing 
penalties.

But the slew of penalties continued against Arizona. Seattle finished 
with 12 penalties for 108 yards, marking the fourth game in a row, and 
the fifth this season, that Seattle has finished in the double digits in 
penalties.

The flag-fest was most apparent on Arizona’s third offensive drives, 
when Seattle’s defense was penalized five times for 46 yards. As a 
result, the Cardinals needed only 36 offensive yards on that drive to go 
75 yards and cap things off with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Drew 
Stanton to tight end Jermaine Gresham.

The Seahawks finished the first half with eight penalties. To their 
credit, the second half was a little cleaner: Seattle had four penalties 
after the break. The second half was, however, the half where the 
Seahawks’ players stared dropping like flies. So, pick your poison, huh?

3. Kicker Blair Walsh rebounded nicely
Blair Walsh missed three field goals last week in the Seahawks’ 17-14 
defeat to Washington, but the Seahawks kept their faith in him, with 
Pete Carroll saying this week that they would not bring in another 
kicker to compete with Walsh.

The kicker repaid the Seahawks confidence in him by making both his 
field goal attempts against the Cardinals. Walsh connected on field 
goals of 33 and 44 yards in the second quarter to give Seattle a 15-7 
lead going into the locker room at halftime.

Walsh also made his two extra point attempts to account for eight total 
points, and the Seahawks needed every one of them in their 22-16 win. On 
this night, he was the least of Seattle’s problems.

Stefanie Loh: sloh@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @StefanieLoh. Stef Loh 
has covered college football in four conferences on both coasts, but her 
heart has always been rooted in the Pacific Northwest. She joined The 
Seattle Times in August 2015. She loves wine tasting, Olympic 
weightlifting, fall colors and college football Saturdays.

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin makes a catch against Cardinals 
strong safety Antoine Bethea, and runs the ball to the two-yard line for 
a 54-yard gain in the fourth quarter. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Doug Baldwin makes the dive towards the endzone, but is just short, but 
gets the offense in position for Jimmy Graham to score his second 
touchdown.  (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Richard Sherman comes off the field with an injury in the third quarter. 
  (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson is brought down by Seahawks 
cornerback Richard Sherman and strong safety Kam Chancellor for no gain 
in the third quarter. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) lies on the turf after 
tackling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) during the 
second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in 
Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Team doctor E. Edward Khalfayan walks off the field with Seahawks 
cornerback Richard Sherman after he went down injured following a tackle 
of Cardinals wide receiver John Brown and injures his heel on the play, 
exiting the game afterward. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates a two-yard touchdown by 
Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham in the fourth quarter. (Bettina Hansen / 
The Seattle Times)

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) and Seahawks quarterback 
Russell Wilson (3) greet each other after Seattle Seahawks defeated the 
Arizona Cardinals.
   (Johanna Huckeba / )

Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson rolls over after he 
collided with Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark on a play in the fourth 
quarter.(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks defensive tackle Nazair Jones sacks Cardinals quarterback Drew 
Stanton for a loss of eight yards in the fourth quarter.(Bettina Hansen 
/ The Seattle Times)

Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane blocks the extra-point kick by Cardinals 
kicker Phil Dawson in the final minute. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks defensive back Bradley McDougald celebrates breaking up a 
fourth-down pass to Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson, turning it over 
on downs. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton slides, narrowly missing Seahawks 
defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and outside linebacker K.J. Wright.
  (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson scrambles around in the backfield, 
eventually finding Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin for a 54-yard 
gain in the fourth quarter. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls is tackled by Cardinals linebacker 
Karlos Dansby in the first quarter. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman goes down on a tackle of Cardinals 
wide receiver John Brown and injures his heel on the play, exiting the 
game afterward. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson makes a 43-yard catch against 
Cardinals safety Budda Baker with 46 seconds remaining in the second 
quarter. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright takes down Cardinals running 
back Adrian Peterson for a loss of eight yards in the second half. 
(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks fans watch as the Seahawks lead in the game against the Arizona 
Cardinals. (Johanna Huckeba / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh makes a field goal to bring the Seahawks 
ahead 15-7 at the end of the second quarter. (Bettina Hansen / The 
Seattle Times)
Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson is tackled by Seahawks middle 
linebacker Bobby Wagner for a loss of a yard in the second quarter. 
(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls makes a five-yard run in the second 
quarter. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks wide receiver Amara Darboh can’t bring in this pass over 
Cardinals defensive back Tramon Williams. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle 
Times)
The Seahawks get a safety in the second quarter as the Seattle Seahawks 
take on the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in 
Glendale Thursday. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham (88) makes the catch for a Seahawks 
touchdown in the first quarter. (Johanna Huckeba / Special to The 
Seattle Times)
Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham celebrates his first-quarter touchdown. 
(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Russell Wilson tries to get out of traffic but he is stuffed on third 
down of their first drive, forcing a punt. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle 
Times)
Seahawks stand with locked arms instead of sitting out the National 
Anthem as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals at 
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Thursday.  (Bettina Hansen / 
The Seattle Times)
All of the Seahawks stood and locked arms for the national anthem in 
advance of Veterans’ Day as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona 
Cardinals. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin takes the field before the Seattle 
Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh warms up before the Seattle Seahawks take on 
the Arizona Cardinals Thursday November 9, 2017 at University of Phoenix 
Stadium in Glendale. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril signs an autograph for a fan after 
warmups. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman comes out for warmups. (Bettina 
Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Seahawks defensive back Bradley McDougald (30) makes a catch as the 
Seattle Seahawks prepare to take on the Arizona Cardinals. (Johanna 
Huckeba / The Seattle Times)
Competing fans cheer as the Seahawks take to the tunnel before the 
Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals.  (Bettina Hansen / The 
Seattle Times)
KJ Wright and Sheldon Richardson on the field for warmups before the 
Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals.  (Bettina Hansen / The 
Seattle Times)
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Russell Wilson is hit and Arizona is called for roughing the passer in 
the third quarter. Austin Davis is put in for Wilson on the next play 
but he returns shortly after as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona 
Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Thursday November 
9, 2017.
Photos: Seahawks beat the Cardinals in Thursday Night Football, 22-16

Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham (88) warms up prior to kickoff 
as the Seattle Seahawks play Washington at CenturyLink Field in Seattle 
on November 5, 2017.  204037 (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Photos: Seahawks lose to Washington, 17-14

Pumpkins depicting both teams are rolled out for Sunday’s broadcast. 
The Houston Texans played the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, October 29, 2017 
at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. 203964
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Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin makes a catch against Cardinals 
strong safety Antoine Bethea, and runs the ball to the two-yard line for 
a 54-yard gain in the fourth quarter. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)




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