Earlier in the week Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked about starting over.
He was entering a Week 10 matchup in Arizona against the Cardinals after his team had lost two straight games. Both his offensive and defensive units had been derailed. His starting quarterback was awaiting clearance to play once again after suffering a concussion two weeks ago. His defense? Shredded by big play after big play.
Leaving the field Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, Carroll got his wish. The issues that recently plagued his team had vanished as the Seahawks started the second half of their 2010 season with a 36-18 victory over the Cardinals.
The win keeps Seattle (5-4) atop the NFC West standings while Arizona falls (3-6) to two games behind.
In his return to game action, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had season-highs in passing yards and quarterback rating.
Of the 333 yards thrown by Hasselbeck, 145 went to Mike Williams. Stemming from 11 catches, the performance was Williams’ second-career 100-plus-yard effort and surpassed his 123-yard game earlier this season against Chicago as his career-best.
Complimenting the aerial attack was a resurgent ground game. In last week’s loss to the New York Giants, Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett accounted for 47 rushing yards. Sunday in Arizona, the two were responsible for 93 and two touchdowns.
While the Seahawks’ offense clicked throughout the game, the Cardinals’ didn’t find its groove until the later stages of the game.
Derek Anderson was intercepted by Kelly Jennings on a tipped pass, lost a fumble to Chris Clemons and was sacked five times – twice by Clemons.
After Jay Feely booted a 23-yard field goal midway through the second quarter to tie the score at 10, it would take Arizona 30 minutes and 19 seconds until their final points were recorded. By then, Seattle had a double-digit lead and was minutes away from the victory.
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