Despite what Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll called “one of the best football plays I’ve ever seen,’’ a career performance by Tyler Lockett and 572 yards by the team’s offense — the third-most in team history — the Seahawks lost Sunday night, 34-37 to the Arizona Cardinals in a thrilling overtime.
And it’s a defeat that will push questions upon whether the Seahawks have the defense they need in order to take advantage of an offense that is one of the best in the NFL.
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QB Russell Wilson and the offense plays exceptionally well, as the unit attained 572 yards, yet the defense, on the other hand, continues to disappoint at every possible turn, especially allowing 519 yards, blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, and allowed a 44-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez on the final play of regulation to send the game to overtime.
“I don’t really care what happens. It doesn’t matter. We can’t do anything about those five games that already happened, the yards or the plays or nothing,” head coach Pete Carroll told reporters during the Seahawks’ bye week. “But we do have the ability to do something about what’s coming up.
“For us to kick into a whole better level of our performance in all aspects of our game when we have a good start behind us, it can make us real dangerous going down the schedule.
“But we’ve got to improve. We’ve got to get better.”
The Seahawks had the leverage by halftime with a 27-17 lead, yet Cardinals’ Kyler Murray was explosive enough outdueling the MVP favorite Wilson.
Wilson finished with 338 yards and three touchdowns passing, running for 84 more yards. While Murray, who’s 5-foot-10 like Wilson, threw for 360 yards and three TDs, adding 67 yards rushing.
The two combined being the first quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to have at least 300 yards passing and 50 rushing in the same game.
Russell Wilson’s odd performance cost them the win, being intercepted three times was unexpected at all. In fact, Wilson hadn’t thrown multiple interceptions in a regular-season game since the 2018 opener. Only three times in his nine-year career had he thrown more than two.
“I thought we played a great game except for those three plays, honestly,” Wilson said. “Those are my fault. There’s so much that we can do, and we have so much confidence. Our confidence is not going to waiver. They’re a great football team, too. We knew it was going to be a battle. It always is down here and whenever we play. So nothing really changes except for the fact that we just have to tighten up some things. I have to be better, which I’m looking forward to.”