2013 NFL Grades, Week 7: Seahawks snuff out Cards' small chances
2013 NFL Grades from Week 7 where the Cardinals offensive line is going to get Carson Palmer hurt.
For a few minutes early in the first quarter, the Cardinals offense was driving, the crowd was getting louder and you can forgive yourself for thinking that this could be an interesting ballgame. Then, for a few minutes there late in the second quarter, where Russell Wilson was fumbling, Calais Campbell was recovering and Rashard Mendenhall was scoring a touchdown to cut the lead to four points, you might have been pondering a possible upset in Arizona.
Then, reality smacked the Cardinals in the face.
Tony McDaniel sacked Palmer for a 14-yard loss in the first quarter, knocking the Cardinals well out of field goal range and stopping any momentum Arizona had built early in the game. Then, the Seahawks responded to their lead being shortened by building an 18-point advantage in the next 15 minutes.
The main problems for the Cardinals were a porous offensive line and a quarterback in Carson Palmer who couldn't do much of anything. These two ideas are not mutually exclusive, by the way.
Wilson made some mistakes, fumbling twice, but he also uncorked a few astonishing throws. He and Seattle's defense were the stars of this game, and as a result, the Seahawks are 6-1 for the first time in club history.
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