Seahawks aftermath

Posted by Darren Urban on November 16, 2009 – 12:13 am

Yes, I heard you. I heard from the upset people right about the time the Cardinals fell behind, 14-0, Sunday at home to Seattle. So did the Cardinals, who heard some of the boos about that time. “It was a tough crowd, but I understand because the way we played the last couple games and the way we started off,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “But we responded to them too.”

That was the ultimate message of Sunday, I think. I said during my pregame radio show that I thought the Cardinals should win by two scores and, given the 31-20 final, that’s what happened. Was it the way the Cardinals wanted it to go? No. There were too many penalties and the slow start could have killed them.

But there when it was over, how do you quibble? I wasn’t sure Kurt Warner, after overthrowing Early Doucet on his first pass and making a poor decision on the incompletion-that-was-an-interception-before-it-was-overturned, was going to have a good game. I was right. He had a great game, completing 29-of-38 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cards had 122 yards rushing. The defense had four sacks and two interceptions and, for all the yards the Seahawks piled up, gave up just two field goals after that gulp-inducing 14-0 start.

Asked if he was worried, safety Adrian Wilson responded, “Were you worried?” It doesn’t matter what a reporter thinks though, A-Dub, only you guys. “I was concerned,” he said. “Wasn’t worried. It was some early adversity.”

Wilson wouldn’t talk about what was said at halftime, but it’s clear there were some words (like the heated ones he and Darnell Dockett traded in front of TV cameras early in the game). The Cards had started the comeback by then, however – thank goodness.

As for my other late Sunday night thoughts:

— It’ll get lost in post-game talk, but the Cards drive for a touchdown right after Seattle scored to go up 14-0 may be one of the most important of the season. There was still plenty of time left, but that drive – which ended with a 28-yard TD pass to Steve Breaston – may have saved the game. The confidence came back, not only to the offense but to the crowd.

— I don’t know the exact stats of anyone else, but Ben Graham has got to get serious consideration for the Pro Bowl. He’s been that good and he’s better than that when it comes to pinning teams deep.

— Eight TD catches for Larry Fitzgerald. Quietly, he’s tops in the NFL tied with Indy’s Reggie Wayne for the most in that category.

— Ali Highsmith is very good on special teams. But with Gerald Hayes out with back problems, Highsmith looked like he struggled Sunday while the Seahawks ran early and often. That’s less about Highsmith and more about how important Hayes has become.

— Wilson is now one sack shy of becoming a member of the 20-20 club, after getting his 20th career interception Sunday. Wilson was admittedly fooled a bit but he made a great diving pick on a shovel pass.

— The Cardinals were able to run the ball again. That’s not all Beanie, but he definitely helps. His second touchdown run was a thing of beauty (and the awesome hole-clearing blocks by TE Stephen Spach and T Mike Gandy can’t be overlooked).

— Coach Ken Whisenhunt promised the Seahawks would change up offensively, after the Cards held them to 128 total yards in Seattle. Maybe you don’t expect to give up 472 yards, but we’ve said this before – mistakes are a lot easier to fix after a win.

— Now that was the Anquan that’s been missing since the hamstring and ankle injuries. He’s a difference-maker when healthy.


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20 Responses to “Seahawks aftermath”

  1. By Matt on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Some interesting things I picked out from this game

    – Urban not playing any snaps and Doucet playing 4th WR all game
    – Great pass rush pressure by Will Davis
    – Levi Brown stopping Kerney all game
    – DRC shutting down Burleson after Burleson’s guaranteed victory

    Great win by the Cards

  2. By Mike on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Good job Cards. Beanie Wells is my new favorite NFL player.

  3. By nor cal cards fan on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Great comeback! If Beanie can continue to run with the speed and power he has displayed the last couple of games, and Q can stay healthy and play like Q, the offense will be impossible to stop.Opposing team’s defense will have to pick their poison. Darren- why did A Dub and Dockett get into it? Is there any lingering chemistry issues between the two?

  4. By darrenurban on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Nor Cal —

    It was nothing. It was a heat-of-the-moment thing that happens all the time in games. It happened right after the Seahawks’ second touchdown, and I am sure nerves were frayed. There are no lingering issues there.

  5. By ryan on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Coach Whiz: C’mon now, its time for Beanie to take the starting job. He hits the hole so much faster than Hightower and that stiff arm hes got is deadly.

    Gerald Hayes: Please heal up this week! We miss you badly in the run game. Highsmith, you need to learn how to tackle real quick otherwise let Will Davis take your spot.

    McFadden: You made one great defensive stop on that deep pass, otherwise you couldn’t cover anyone. A little bit of advice, look for the dang ball instead of staring at the WR’s chest!

  6. By Lucasm on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    I loved this win. Division rivals always give you trouble – you can throw records out the door. I had my doubts down 14-0, but they pulled it together. I also love how this is slowly but surely becoming a football town. People talking about noticing who is the 4th receiver and who is a good special teamer, those are the things that football towns live by. Been here for 10 years, been a Cards fan for 10 years. We’ve got depth and great coaching and are poised to be a threat for a long time with the great drafts we’ve had. Keep it up Redbirds. We’re behind you.

  7. By kimberly on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    yes what a game…i was so nervous but they finally stepped up. i do agree we need to play beanie more..ya he has a few mistakes and so does one can stop beanie,when he gets a hole he is gone,i don’t understand why leave him in for one play and then take him out.he needs to learn,i will say he stayed in more in yesterdays game,but if the cards want to win against my vikings and brett favre,we need a running game,so start beanie.GO CARDS!

  8. By mikes on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    What was Rolle thinking when he lateralled the ball after his interception? Did the coaches get after him for that?

  9. By Brian on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    That game was exciting to watch. I give props to the O-Line. Way to open up the running lanes, and protect Warner in the passing game. I would agree that Beanie makes it easier on the O-line because he hits the hole so damn fast. I take noting away from Hightower though. He has proven to be a great pass blocker, and a deadly backfield receiver. I also want to give props to the defense. Way to hold. Love D getting together on the sideline and figuring out solutions.

  10. By billy blastoff on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    what they SHOULD of — / could of !! ?? just get ready for St. Louis !!!

  11. By Ben on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    This was a great game. The most important thing I take from this game is how the Cards showed some resilency being down two TD’s. I know that some tempers were flaring, but they got the job done when they needed to. Kudos to the defense in holding Seattle to only a FG in the second half! They responded well, and continue to show us that this defense is a force to reckon with. Gerald, get well soon! We need you, big guy! Now time to take care of business in St. Louis! GO CARDS!

  12. By spitfire772 on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    We have a lot to improve on, but they’re things that can be corrected. Gerald Hayes being out is a big reason we couldn’t stop the run; Highsmith looked and played like a backup all game (give Will Davis more playing time!). We had way too many penalties, especially McFadden. He’s been good this year, but yesterday was terrible for him (he’ll bounce back). Beanie can be the starter, but Hightower will still get carries and needs to. He’s still the better receiver and blocker and can be effective as a runner.

  13. By Eazy E on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    It was definitely a great game by the cards! Kurt had another brillant game. 29-38, 340 yds, and 2 tds. Beanie looked like an ORTY (offensive rookie of the year) candidate for real. 16 carries for 85 yds and 2 beautiful tds and 2 catches for 32 yds. Hightower was solid with 10 carries for 37 yds and 5 catches for 21 yds. Anquan was Anquan 8 rec. 105 yds. Just dominating! Fitz with 7 rec. 73 yds and a beautiful turn around diving td. Stevie B played well with 4 catches for 79 yds and a pretty play action by kurt and a beautiful corner post by breaston for a td. Early is coming along too.The o-line was solid, allowing no sacks, pretty clean jersey by kurt but thats cool. Defense played overall a pretty good game. D had 4 sacks(haggans had 2, Dockett and Dansby had a half-sack each, and b-rob had a sack). Run D will improve with G Hayes coming back, he’s a solid backer, he can run stuff and cover. Drc completely shut down burleson who guaranteed a victory, lol. No catches for him. B-MAC had a tough game. On the 53 yarder, he just lost that ball but you want your corners to look back at the ball so they can make a play on it, still sucks that he gave that up. Antrel and Adrian had a pick each, impressive. Adrian needs to go on and get that sack against st.louis and he’ll be the 20-20 man(20 picks, 20 sacks). The stats say we gave up 472 yds, but they were down, so your gonna surrender some yards, they’ll clean it up.

  14. By TucsonTim on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Darren, I agree with you about Graham. What a great addition he has been. He’s really done a great job kicking it inside of the 20. Has anybody done better?

  15. By Mark on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Darren, Spach looked really good yesterday. He made some great blocks a number of times for Beanie in particular as well as in the rest of the game. He made a play with the tackle on special teams as well. What do you think is going to happen when Patrick is back?

    Also, in your opinion, who is the better blocker between Becht and Spach, who do you think is a better compliment to Patrick for a duo of TE’s?


  16. By darrenurban on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    Mark —

    It think it’s going to be a tough call at TE, but I think Patrick, with his receiving skills, will be likely to play. I’m not sure who is better between Spach and Becht. I do think Spach had some nice blocks yesterday. And he is a better receiver than Becht. But the Cards like how Becht blocks.

  17. By WC on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    EVERYONE has criticized Fitzgerald this year. Yet he’s on track to have more receptions, yards, and touchdowns than last year. What’s the deal?

  18. By J on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    SO extremely proud of our boys for finally deciding to show up completely for a home game and securing a good, although slightly sloppy, win for the home crowd.

    Interesting there were no injury reports……..

  19. By truth teller on Nov 16, 2009 | Reply

    As long as we’re passing out kudos, let’s not forget the Bidwills, Graves, the scouting organization and Whiz for assembling the roster.

  20. By spitfire772 on Nov 17, 2009 | Reply

    WC, the reason that some people have been on Fitz this year is because his yards per catch is down. Also, he hasn’t had many big plays that were our trademark late in the regular season and playoffs last year. What they fail to see is that every team doubles Larry or plays a Cover 2 deep zone to take away the deep ball. It was a good sign that Kurt threw a few deep balls his way yesterday. It led to 2 big pass interference calls and Larry would have had a long TD if not for Trufant tripping him up (he had a step on him).

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