Geno Smith threw for 275 yards and two TDs, rookie Kenneth Walker III rushed for 109 yards and two points, and the Seahawks won their 4th series, 31-21 over the cards.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Geno Smith threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, rookie Kenneth Walker III rushed for 109 yards and two points and the Seattle Seahawks won their fourth straight game Sunday, 31-21, over the Arizona Cardinals.
Leaders NFC West Seattle (6-3) continued their unexpected rise while the Cardinals (3-6) have lost four of five.
The Cardinals grabbed the momentum and a 14-10 lead in the third quarter when Zaven Collins returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown.
But Seattle went on to score the next 14 points and finally took the lead late in the third quarter when Smith made a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett. That completed a 13-play, 75-yard drive.
The Seahawks extended their lead to 24-14 midway through the fourth on another impressive drive. Smith led a 13-play march for 81 yards that ended when Walker ran for a 1-yard score.
Walker — a second-round pick from Michigan State — has averaged more than 100 yards on the ground in his past five games.
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Seattle sacked Kyler Murray four times, including two by Uchenna Nwosu, and held the Cardinals for 262 total yards.
Arizona scored a late touchdown to draw within 24-21, but Seattle immediately responded with a 51-yard gain on a pass from Smith to Noah Fant, who caught the short throw and rumbled down the right touchline. Four games later, Walker ran for a 5-yard score.
The Cardinals lost the first of three games to division opponents. Murray threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Collins gave the Cardinals some hope in the third quarter with his momentum swinging pick-6. Smith threw a short pass down the right side intended for Walker, but Collins threw down a block and leapt in the path of the throw, snatching the ball out of the air and running into the end zone.
But like all season, the Cardinals were hurt by their own mistakes. They were called up for 12 penalties and were plagued by dropped passes and botched snaps.
The Seahawks led 10-7 at halftime. They took the lead early in the second quarter when Smith found DK Metcalf for a 4-yard touchdown. The Seahawks took a break in the previous game when cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. dropped a possible interception.
The Cardinals looked like they might score late in the first half, but Murray fumbled a scramble when Seattle’s Ryan Neal shoved the ball out from behind. The Seahawks recovered.
It was Seattle’s 16th forced fumble of the season leading the NFL.
Murray beat DeAndre Hopkins midway through the first quarter for a 22-yard touchdown to lead 7-3. Hopkins made it into the untouched thanks to a downfield block from running back James Conner, who missed the previous three games with a rib injury end zone.
It was the first time the Cardinals had a touchdown on their first possession this season and it was their first TD in the first quarter.
Seahawks: WR Marquise Goodwin (groin), LB Darrell Taylor (groin) and S. Joey Blount (square) were among the inactives. … LB Cullen Gillaspia (knee) was helped off the field in the second half and did not return.
Cardinals: C Rodney Hudson (knee), G Max Garcia (shoulder) and LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle) were among the inactive. … RG Will Hernandez (chest) left the game in the first quarter.
Seahawks: Travel to Munich, Germany where they will play Tampa Bay next Sunday.
Cardinals: Next Sunday at the Los Angeles Rams.
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