GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Seahawks came into Arizona and picked up their third road win of the year, beating the Cardinals, 34-22, on Thursday night.
The Seahawks were again in their own way at times, but managed to push into a 31-13 lead by the end of the third quarter and hang on to move to 6-1 for the first time in franchise history.
Quarterback Russell Wilson was effective through the air, finishing the night 18-for-29 for 235 yards and three touchdowns.
Marshawn Lynch ran 21 times for 91 yards and a score.
Wide receivers Sidney Rice and Golden Tate had strong nights. Rice, who has been quiet this season, caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Tate led the Seahawks with 77 yards. Tight end Zach Miller had five catches.
The Seahawks put the game away in the third quarter when tight end Kellen Davis caught a 1-yard touchdown and Lynch ran in from two yards out. The Seahawks were up by 18 points when Lynch handed the ball to the referee with 51 seconds remaining in the third.
Seattle already has matched last season’s road win total with three.
A dominant first half resulted in a small halftime lead for the Seahawks.
Seattle outgained Arizona 210-69 but led only 17-10. When the Seahawks went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Arizona 43-yard line and were stuffed, the first half shifted.
The play before, running back Marshawn Lynch was stopped on third-and-1. He was not on the field for the fourth-down attempt when Wilson tried to run a quarterback sneak for the first down off left guard. But, rookie tight end Luke Willson was not able to block defensive end Frostee Rucker who crashed down the line and into Wilson. Calais Campbell finished off the play to leave Wilson short. The Seahawks led 14-0, at the time.
Arizona dragged itself 26 yards on 10 plays to end up with three points after a 49-yard field goal from Jay Feely.
Still, the Seahawks were in a good spot. Until another turnover.
A week after fumbling four times against the Tennessee Titans, helping the Titans remain close, Wilson fumbled when he was hit from behind by Arizona linebacker Matt Shaughnessy. Campbell was involved again when he recovered the ball at the Seahawks’ 3-yard line. A play later, running back Rashard Mendenhall was celebrating with teammates in the end zone.
With 10:12 to go in half, Seahawks were up 14-0 and in Arizona territory. With 3:40 to go, they are up 14-10.
Seattle’s start was fast.
Wilson made a throw of power and precision when he rolled right, drifted back then launched the ball toward Sidney Rice. Rice ran under the pass into an unmanned patch of the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown.
Wilson threw the ball more than 40 yards in the air off his backfoot and led Rice to the open area.
Tight end Zach Miller, back from a hamstring injury that cause him to miss two weeks, caught a 15-yard touchdown pass with 13:25 remaining in the second quarter to put the Seahawks up 14-0 and make the game appear on its way to an obvious conclusion.
The stuffed fourth down and turnover changed things during another week when the Seahawks were often in their own way.
Eventually, they grappled back control of the game the second half.