Notes from the Nest: Seahawks answer all questions, eliminate Cards

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The Seahawks answer every challenge

I was fascinated to see how Seattle would handle this game. The whole week, they heard how great of a run they had, we saw Geno Smith getting a great interview with Carissa Thompson on Fox’s pregame show, and this was all culminating in the Arizona Cardinals’ last stand.

The start of the game was a little concerning for the Seahawks. They gave up an easy touchdown after letting Kyler Murray escape a near sack on the first 3rd down of the game. It was the first time Seattle had been trailing by 4 or more points since their loss at New Orleans. The Seahawks and Cardinals traded punts before the offense went on a 13-play drive where they converted multiple 3rd downs and a beautiful throw and catch for a touchdown from Geno to DK.

After the defense repelled what should have been a desperate Cardinals offense, a shocking mistake by Geno Smith led to a pick-six for the Cardinals and a 14-10 lead. Let’s be honest, we all were wondering if the clock had struck midnight on Geno’s incredible start. It’s fair and natural to question the moment because what we’re watching almost defies logic.

What happened next may be one of the most impressive responses and closeouts in the Seahawks’ history. After the pick-six, the Seahawks’ offense marched 75 yards on 13 plays for a touchdown. After a Cardinal’s punt, the Seahawks marched 81 yards on 13 plays for a touchdown. After Seattle gave up a touchdown on a soft coverage drive, the Hawks for a 3rd straight time scored a touchdown, this time 85 yards on 5 plays.

On Sunday, Seattle answered every question. They looked better this week than when they faced the Cardinals a month ago. They didn’t listen to all the love and kept smashing teams by 10+ points. Geno didn’t fold, and Waldron got better since the last time these two played. Most importantly, the Seahawks continue to look like they’re getting better and stronger. In the games, they’ve dominated the second halves, and it appears this is beginning to translate to the second half of the season.