Seattle Seahawks Week 7: The good news and bad news from the win over the Cardinals

The defense was nasty, but Geno Smith wasn't, despite his stats

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
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Yes, there is bad news for the Seahawks

I'll start with the milder bits first. The Seahawks played with their fifth different offensive line group in six games, and there's just no way to pass that off as good news. That being said, Charles Cross played his second game of the season, and was in for every snap. Rookies Olu Oluwatimi and Anthony Bradford also played every snap, and all played fairly well. The running game certainly could have used better blocking, but the unit allowed just eight hurries on Geno all day. Yes, Smith was sacked twice, but in both instances he was doing his best to extend the play. Neither of those were bad decisions, it just didn't work out. I'd say it's fair to say the O-line gave up zero sacks.

Smith did make a couple of bad decisions, though. He got away with one, as he threw what should have been an easy pick early in the second quarter. It was painfully obvious to Cards fan why Kyzir White plays at linebacker and not as a tight end. That would have given Arizona the ball in Seattle territory at least inside the 40-yard-line, if not worse. Then we had the brain-freeze moment we've seen a few too many times. On third and four at the Cardinals 16-yard line, Smith scrambled left, looked right, then drilled a pass to Jake Bobo. Unfortunately, Arizona corner Garrett Williams was directly between the two and made the easy pick. Yes, Bobo could have come towards the ball, as we've seen Tyler Lockett or Doug Baldwin do a thousand times.

Still, Smith threw the ball, and as always, he took complete responsibility for the turnover. To his credit, Geno also made a lot of beautiful throws, the TD pass to Bobo being just one of them. Smith was 5 for 6 on passes of over 20 yards, so it's not as if he had a terrible game, either. The INT was bad, definitely. That and the muffed snap from his rookie center were incredibly costly turnovers. But he still made half a dozen brilliant passes (and a dozen of the more pedestrian variety) to help win the game for Seattle. So again the bad news was tempered by good news.

I can't say the same for the last item, though. EDGE extraordinaire Uchenna Nwosu played just 23 snaps before he came out of the game with what was thought to be a pectoral muscle strain at the time. As it turns out, Nwosu will likely need season-ending surgery for a torn pectoral muscle. Clearly, that bad news far eclipses any random bit or byte from one game. The Seahawks will have to step up and step up a lot, to help fill in for the dynamic Nwosu.

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