Pete Carrolll said today’s convincing win over Arizona – Seattle’s first NFC West victory of the season – was a nice reward for all of the hard work his players have been putting in this season, particularly with all of the close games the Seahawks have had.
“It’s a nice reward,” Carroll said. “Sometimes you get a chance to win big like that, and we haven’t had many since we’ve been here.
“It’s just fun for the guys; everybody got to play.”
Arizona quarterback John Skelton was succinct in his summation of his team’s performance: “Ass kicking. That’s the only thing you can say. For them to come out and dominate the way they did in every phase of the game is embarrassing.”
In a word, Skelton was awful. He finished 11 of 22 for 74 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions. The Seahawks finally got some pressure on the quarterback, sacking Skelton three times.
The Fordham product finally gave way to Cardinals rookie Ryan Lindley. He didn’t fare much better, finishing 7 of 18 for 59 yards.
Skelton’s counterpart, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, didn’t have to do a lot today. But the Seahawks rookie quarterback was efficient, finishing 7 of 13 for 148 yards and one touchdown pass, a 24-yarder to tight end Zach Miller on a seam route down the middle of the field.
Wilson said today’s game was a much better performance than earlier in the season at Arizona.
“When I was watching the film this week, I was like ‘Man, I’ve improved a lot,’” Wilson said. “And just our football team has improved a lot. And that’s the exciting part. You’ve got to credit the coaches for that. You’ve got to credit the players just for our attention to detail throughout this whole entire process.”
Tight end Anthony McCoy also was impressive today, finishing with three catches for 105 yards, including a long of 67 yards. McCoy became the first Seattle receiver to finish with 100 or more receiving yards in a game.
“He’s got so much speed and so much ability,” Wilson said about McCoy. “He’s basically like a receiver when he runs, so he had a great night tonight. And his ability to catch the football is a plus for us.”
Lynch, Turbin top 100 yards
Marshawn Lynch finished with 128 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns – the Cal product’s second, three-touchdown performance of his career.
Lynch topped 100 yards for the seventh time this season. But while his performance was somewhat expected, rookie Robert Turbin reaching the century mark wasn’t.
The Utah State product finished with 108 yards on 20 carries, the first time he eclipsed the 100-yard mark in his pro career.
Turbin said he appreciated being able to get into a rhythm today, which is rare when Lynch is usually carrying the ball.
“It really helped a lot,” Turbin said. “To finally not just get flashes of carries here and there, but to just get consecutive carries and get a feel for the defense for my own self. That’s a lot of what Marshawn does. You guys talk about that all time – he doesn’t break a lot of his big runs until the second half. Well that’s a part of him feeling the game. And I was able to kind of feel the game myself.”
Thurmond, Sherman help shut down Fitzgerald
Third-year pro Walter Thurmond said he felt right at home on the field today. The University of Oregon product made his first start of the 2012 season, playing in place of Brandon Browner, who began his four-game suspension today.
Thurmond finished with three tackles, including one tackle for loss, and helped keep talented Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald to one catch for two yards. Fitzgerald was targeted 11 times.
“It felt like right before I got injured last year,” Thurmond said. “I felt real comfortable. It was just football out there today. I really felt back into the groove of things.”
Even with his pending appeal looming, Richard Sherman continues to focus at the task at hand and play well. The Stanford product finished with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Sherman also returned his first interception for a touchdown in the NFL, a 19-yard scamper for a score on a pass intended for Fitzgerald that gave Seattle a 24-0 lead in the second quarter.
Sherman said it was nice to get in the end zone, particularly since his teammates continued to remind him that he got caught from behind by LaRod Stephens-Howling after picking off Skelton in Seattle’s overtime loss to the Cardinals at the end of the 2011 season.
“My teammates still get on me for that,” Sherman said, laughing. “They’re like, ‘You still haven’t scored. You keep getting picks, but you can’t score. When are you going to score on one?’ So I like, I can’t get caught on this one.”
On his second interception, Sherman did a dance he described as “The Grave Digger” alongside safety Kam Chancellor. The two were flagged by the officials for unsportsmanlike conduct. Sherman said he told the official “good job” for throwing the flag on the play.
Here’s a list of Seahawks milestones provided by the team’s PR Staff
58 points is the most scored in club history
58 – vs. Arizon on Dec. 9, 2012
56 – vs. Buffalo on Oct. 30, 1977
51 – vs. Kansas City on Nov. 27, 1983
58-0 is the largest margin of victory, and most in a shutout win
58-0 – vs. Arizona on Dec. 9, 2012
45-0 – vs. Kansas City on Nov. 4, 1984
42-0 – at Philadelphia on Dec. 5, 2005
* Seattle’s six takeaways in the first half was a club record for a single half.
* Seattle’s eight takewasys is tied for the second-most in a single game in club history. The Seahawks forced 10 turnovers (3 interceptions, 7 fumbles) against Clevleand on Dec. 20, 1981.
* The last time an NFL team had eight takeaways in a game was on Nov. 25 this season, when Cleveland force eight turnovers against Pittsburgh.
* The last time Seattle had two player rush for over 100 yards was against Houston on October 16, 2005, with Shaun Alexander (141 yards) and Maurice Morris (104).
* Seattle’s 284 total rushing yards was the fourth-best total in team history. The team record is 320 rushing yards, set against Houston on Oct. 16, 2005.
* Marshawn Lynch set a career high for rushing yards with 1,266, eclipsing his previous best of 1,204 set last season. Lynch also posted a career-best seventh, 100-yard rushing game in a season. His previous best was six in 2011.
* Lynch set a club record for highest yards per carry in a single game with 11.64 per carry today, eclipsing the previous record held by Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith of 8.86 yards, set against Atlanta on Nov. 7, 1976.