Seattle showed in Win they weren’t rebuilding

The Seattle Seahawks Victory 31-21 against Arizona Cardinals put them in the driver’s seat of one of the most frustrating divisions in the NFL break down. After trading Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos for a bushel of draft picks, it was easy to assume the Seahawks were waiting to really compete until next year.

The Seattle Seahawks handled the offseason perfectly

But the Seahawks have been smart — and perhaps lucky — in their offseason acquisition strategy, adding both Drew Lock and Geno Smith to the roster and staging a truly open competition, reminiscent of the open competition in 2012 between pick third-round rookie Russell Wilson and highly-paid free agent Matt Flynn.

They also attracted an all-time draft class, a class that could rival the 2017 Saints class or the 2015 Vikings class in terms of impact and roundness. Running back Kenneth Walker is competing with Houston running back Dameon Pierce for Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Seattle just saw an outstanding performance from cornerback Coby Bryant. Opposite Bryant is Tariq Woolen, who just won the Defensive Rookie of the Month award for October, completing Walker’s offensive recognition for the same month.

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That’s nothing to say about the pair of starting offensive tackles, first-round pick Charles Cross and third-round pick Abraham Lucas, who are both already playing above average for the position. Add in the occasional flash of second-round pick Boye Mafe, and you have the makings of franchise-defining class.

With the development of young players like Uchenna Nwosu and Jordyn Brooks, Seattle looks set for years to come, especially if they can get the most out of players like Dee Eskridge, Darrell Taylor and Colby Parkinson – they’re already getting more out of cornerback. Mike Jackson.

The Seahawks are in control

It was on display against the Cardinals, a team constantly hoping to ride out the hump and turn their thrilling quarterback into more than a .500 season in the NFL Ranking. Arizona has its own dynamic corps of players, with DeAndre Hopkins, JJ Watt, Budda Baker and Zaven Collins all featured or emerging throughout the season.

It wasn’t a dominating display from Seattle, and they were down at halftime, but they have a better base squad and were able to pull themselves out of the hole to emerge with a double-digit lead late in the game. , able to stop the more obvious patterns in the Cardinals’ passing game and able to drive through the center of their defense with Walker.

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They are now a game and a half ahead of the 49ers in the division, a significant lead considering the 49ers currently hold the tiebreaker over them. That could change in Week 15 when the Seahawks and 49ers face off again, this time in Seattle.

Cardinals are stuck with many questions

As for the Cardinals, there are plenty of questions to ask about Kliff Kingsbury’s viability as a head coach or even Kyler Murray’s status as a franchise quarterback. The Cardinals had no problem taking a lead, but struggled to maintain it. When the game ended, Hopkins’ return to the roster meant little; he was limited to just 36 receiving yards and Murray was forced to distribute the ball elsewhere.

Murray also proved to be the Cardinals’ rushing offense, leading his team in rushing yards with 60 on eight attempts. They got fantastic individual games from players like Collins, Isaiah Simmons and Baker, but they couldn’t muster all that talent in consistently competitive play – a problem they’ve had all season with or without Hopkins.

The Cardinals are dead in the water while the Seahawks are on a four-game winning streak, led not just by unlikely quarterback Geno Smith, but by an incredible draft class that should keep them competitive for years to come. years. This game was a perfect example of the opposite direction these franchises seem to be heading in.

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