The Seattle Seahawks finally did what good teams are supposed to do against an inferior opponent – bury them.
The Seahawks made quick work of visiting Arizona this afternoon, thumping the Cardinals 58-0 at CenturyLink Field.
The Seahawks forced eight Arizona turnovers – four interceptions, two fumbles on punt returns and and two fumbles on strip sacks by defensive end Chris Clemons and safety Jeron Johnson in running away with this one.
Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner finished with two interceptions each — Sherman returned one for a 19-yard touchdown.
Even free agent addition, reserve quarterback Matt Flynn, got his first regular-season action as a Seahawk midway through the third quarter.
The win was the largest margin of victory in franchise history. The Seahawks last shutout victory was a 41-0 win over Jacksonville on Oct. 11, 2009.
Arizona’s deepest penetration was Seattle’s 37-yard line on the first drive of the game.
Seattle’s 58 points also was the most points scored in a game in franchise history, eclipsing the 56 points the Seahawks scored in a 56-17 victory against Buffalo on Oct. 30, 1977 in the Kingdome.
Seattle improved to 8-5 on the year, and remain 1.5 games behind NFC West division leader San Francisco, 27-13 winners at home over Miami.
The loss was Arizona’s ninth straight on the year. The Cardinals have not lost nine straight within a single season since going 0-10 in 1943 when the team was located in Chicago.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch had a big day, rushing for 128 yards on just 11 carries, and three touchdowns. It’s the seventh time this season Lynch has topped the 100-yard mark.
Rookie Robert Turbin also topped 100 yards for the first time as a pro, finishing with 108 yards on 20 carries.