Seahawks roll Cardinals 31-21 in Week 9 NFC West matchup

The Seahawks won both matchups with Arizona in 2022, including a convincing 31-21 win on Sunday on the road.

GLENDALE, Arizona – In a replay of a game just 3 weeks ago, the Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals faced off at State Farm Stadium.

Much like that Week 6 matchup, Sunday was another low point game between these divisional rivals. The Seahawks’ offense struggled to produce consistent points, and Kyler Murray was once again held at bay by Seattle’s aggressive defense.

Ultimately, it was the Seahawks who walked away with a 31-21 win and managed to maintain their status as leaders in the NFC West standings.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

All about the punch out

In a nearly identical play to the one Coby Bryant made against Murray in Week 6, it was Ryan Neal who chased the Cardinals quarterback and knocked the ball out.

Josh Jones came along with the recovery, and it was Seattle’s NFL-leading 16th forced fumble of the season. The San Francisco 49ers led the league with 22 forced in 2021, and the Seahawks have almost reached that mark in just nine games this year.

Kenneth Walker’s impressive run continues

The rookie running back looks like the future for the Seahawks as he tacked on another 80 yards and a touchdown in the win in Arizona. Walker underscored a 13-play drive in the fourth quarter with a one-yard TD, his sixth of the season, and fourth straight game with a score.

After Rashaad Penny was injured for the season, Walker stepped in and is undoubtedly the Seahawks’ No. 1 backfield player. His slow start to the year after a camp injury will likely keep him from being considered for Rookie of the Year, but Walker looks like he could be the next in a line of talented running backs in Seattle.

The Breakout Game by Noah Fant

Fant, the other offensive play included in the Seahawks’ trade stretch for Russell Wilson, ended up having a quiet season as Geno Smith appeared to favor returnees Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson.

However, Fant had his season-high in yards (96), including a 51-yard catch-and-runs with a short throw from Smith, and helped the Seahawks freeze the game after a late touchdown in Arizona gave the lead reduced to a single digit.

Perhaps after nine games in coordinator Shane Waldron’s system, Fant will develop a better understanding of the playbook and we could see that we focus more on getting him the ball in the back half of the season. Seahawks roll Cardinals 31-21 in Week 9 NFC West matchup

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