Seattle Seahawks lose in overtime to Arizona Cardinals

Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer

All-Pro Carlos Dunlap looks to strengthen the Seahawks defense. Photo retrieved from Twitter

As the old saying goes, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” and for a team like the Seattle Seahawks, getting stronger can always be a positive. The Seahawks were riding a 5-0 record prior to facing the Arizona Cardinals, and seemed to be trending in the right direction, until the loss was put onto their record. 

Russell Wilson seemed unstoppable prior to week seven, and after a horrid three interception game he looks to pick up where he left off in week one through six. Seahawks fans are used to the close, nail-biting games that they seem to always pull a win from, yet the primetime Sunday night game showed a lot of room of improvement for a team who has been impacted by injuries. To make matters worse, names such as cornerback Shaquill Griffin,  as well as running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde all picked up injury reports following the loss to the Cardinals. Carson has been a staple at the running back position for the Seahawks and with an injury to his foot looks to be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks depending on the severity. Griffin was put into concussion protocol, worsening an already banged up defense. Superstar safety Jamal Adams who the Seahawks acquired this summer, has also been sidelined from week four through eight, and although he is recovering, the defense is suffering. 

The Seahawks defense ranks dead last against the pass and have given up 172 total points in six games played, and the absence of Adams and Griffin further worsens their circumstances. Adams is still currently the team leader in sacks with two and hasn’t played a snap since week three against the Dallas Cowboys. Griffin is also second on the team in total tackles and first with two interruptions. Thus, a team whose defense couldn’t seem to get weaker has done just that. 

Yet, at the end of every tunnel is a light and the Seahawks light comes from defensive end Carlos Dunlap, a former pro bowler who the Seahawks have acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals. This move will in time help the Seahawks get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and hopefully build away from being ranked last against the pass. Adding a player such as Dunlap gives more optimism to the defense who hopes to get back Adams within the next two weeks. 

Wilson is bound to bounce back from his performance and after seeing a week in which Tyler Lockett broke the 200-yard mark with 15 receptions and three touchdowns, the offense will be doing just fine. Whether the run game features the likes of Carson, Hyde, or even the possibility of someone new, Wilson and his offense will be back and running like a well-oiled machine. Keep an eye out for weeks to come, particularly week 11, Nov. 19 where the Seahawks look to get their revenge against the Cardinals on Thursday night. However, for now, Seahawks fans can kick their feet up and continue to be in awe of Wilson as he will continue to progress this team to another playoff run, potential Super Bowl, and possibly gain his first MVP award. 

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