NFL Week 10 Recap: NFC West

With their win over the Seattle Seahawks have the Arizona Cardinals opened enough space between them and the rest of the competition in the NFC West to make a legitimate claim to the title?

With their win over the Seattle Seahawks have the Arizona Cardinals opened enough space between them and the rest of the competition in the NFC West

With their win over the Seattle Seahawks have the Arizona Cardinals opened enough space between them and the rest of the competition in the NFC West

The Cardinals victory was an impressive one after overcoming a number of mistakes including Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer’s two fumbles and blowing a 19-point lead to the Seahawks.

Palmer and the Cardinals were able to open up a 22-7 lead at halftime as they took advantage of Seahawks’ inefficiencies and errors on offense and beating the once stalwart Seahawks’ defense as they hit on big plays. Michael Floyd was the hero on two big scoring plays –- a 27-yard touchdown reception and a 35-yard catch and run for a score.

The Seahawks didn’t collapse like some other teams have under the same situation. Instead, they made a run of their own scoring 29 unanswered points.

Seattle got a big break when defensive end Cliff Avril was unblocked as he charged around the edge and sacked Palmer with enough velocity to force the ball loose for a fumble. Seahawks’ linebacker K. J. Wright recovered at the Cardinals’ three-yard line and Marshawn Lynch pushed in for his third touchdown of the season. The Seahawks’ offense tried for a two-point conversion, but failed and trailed 25-23 with 14:44 remaining.

Soon after Wright forced Palmer to fumble again and linebacker Bobby Wagner scooped it up and ran 22-yards for his second touchdown of the season. The play busted the Seahawks into the lead 29-25 with 13 minutes remaining.

The Cardinals re-took the lead after Palmer engineered a 10-play, 83-yard drive that was helped by a third-down illegal contact penalty against Wagner, a Jaron Brown reception that was tipped and almost intercepted by Seahawks DB Richard Sherman, and a Palmer 14-yard TD pass to Jermaine Gresham with 8:41 remaining.

After the Cardinals stopped the Seahawks’ in their next possession, running back Andre Ellington ripped off a 48-yard run that resulted in a Cardinals touchdown with 1:58 remaining.

Seahawks’ kicker Steven Hauschka finished the scoring with a 46-yard field goal with 58 seconds left. Larry Fitzgerald pounced on the Seahawks on-side kick attempt and the game was over.

Palmer finished with 29 completions on 48 throws for 363 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He was sacked three times. Ellington led the Cardinals’ rushers with 61 yards on five carries and a touchdown and Chris Johnson collected 58 yards on 25 carries. Fitzgerald led the Cardinals’ receivers with 10 catches for 130 yards and Floyd was second with seven catches for 113 yards.

Russell Wilson completed 14 passes on 32 attempts for 240 yards, a touchdown and an interception and also collected 52 rushing yards on six carries. He was sacked twice. Lynch rushed for 42 yards on eight carries. Doug Baldwin was the ‘hawks’ leading receiver with seven catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. Graham caught three passes for 41 yards. CARDINALS 39 SEAHAWKS 32

It appears that if an opponent can corral the St. Louis Rams’ dynamic duo Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin, then they have a better than 50-50 chance of winning the contest. That’s just what the Chicago Bears defense was able to do.

Gurley was only able to muster 45 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown and Austin hauled in just two passes for five yards.

Two big plays –- an 87-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller and a screen pass to running back Jeremy Langford that resulted in an 83-yard touchdown–- helped the Chicago Bears beat the St. Louis Rams. Miller also caught a second touchdown pass, Langford rushed for another score and Jay Cutler scrambled for a 26-yard touchdown. The second score for Langford was on a six-yard run. He also caught seven passes for 109 yards and rushed for 73 yards on 20 carries. He played for an injured Matt Forte.

The 87-yard TD reception was the longest for the Bears since tight end Willard Dewyeall caught a 91-yarder against the San Francisco 49ers in 1960.

Cutler finished with 19 completions on 24 attempts for 258 yards, three touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 151.0.

Rams’ running back Todd Gurley probably had his worst game collecting only 45 yards on 12 carries and scoring on a 6-yard run.

Rams QB Nick Foles finished with 17 completions on 36 attempts for 200 yards and an interception. Backup quarterback Case Keenum finished the game for Foles. BEARS 37 RAMS 13

The San Francisco 49ers had a much-needed bye.


NFC WEST STANDINGS                        Overall                     Division
ARIZONA CARDINALS                             7-2                             2-1
ST. LOUIS RAMS                                         4-5                             3-0
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS                              4-5                             1-2
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS                          3-6                             0-3
RAMS @ RAVENS                                    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015
49ERS @ SEAHAWKS                            SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015
BENGALS @ CARDINALS                     SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015
Courtesy of Forbes

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