3. O-Line – The offensive line has been horrible at times this year. Part of that is due to injury, of course, but against Arizona, the patchwork quilt came together beautifully. Hasselbeck was sacked twice but both came on blitzes. Other than that, Hasselbeck was not pressured very much and the results were there to see on the scoreboard. The downside is that Seattle had the ball in the red zone five times and came away with only field goal attempts. The run blocking definitely needs work despite getting over 100 yards rushing in the final tally. At halftime, the rushing yardage was eight yards.
4. Aaron Curry – I’ve been hard on Curry a lot because the expectations with being a top pick are to deliver right away. I’ve always felt Curry has a ton of talent but he isn’t able to translate that onto the field. Against the Cardinals, Curry led the Seahawks defense with seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. The one nitpick I have with his performance is that Curry still has a tendency to play a little too wild and talk a little too much. He’s gotten better about it and it shows, but his focus needs to be on making the plays rather than talking about and celebrating them.
5. Seattle Secondary – They gave up a few big plays, but show me a team that doesn’t against Arizona. The highlights were watching safeties Earl Thomas and Lawyer Milloy blowing up every receiver as well as holding Larry Fitzgerald in check. Fitzgerald ended up with decent numbers: seven catches for 91 yards, but his big reception was for 33 yards on the second play of the game. That catch was doubtful, as replays seemed to indicate his second foot was out of bounds. But the challenge was upheld and it counted.
1. Cardinals Tackling – Want to show your kid how not to tackle? Put on this game because the Arizona defense, in particular the secondary, was horrible at tackling. Adrian Wilson, one of my favorite players not on the Seahawks, was particularly bad. Wilson had a bad game all around though. He was constantly caught sneaking up to the line out of position and Hasselbeck burned him repeatedly.
2. Charlie Whitehurst – On 4th-and-1 right before halftime, Seattle went for it with a quarterback sneak. Hasselbeck went down and hurt his left wrist in the process. The trainers took him into the locker room for x-rays and my worst nightmare came onto the field for the next series. Granted, it was taking a knee to end the half but even that had me nervous.