What. A. Game! I could not stop watching these two quarterbacks making jaw-dropping plays. Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray traded blows back and forth all night long. In a game that needed overtime, the Arizona Cardinals were able to take home the much-needed divisional win over the Seattle Seahawks.
The future of the NFL is in good hands. Kyler Murray took a big step in his development with this Sunday night classic.
Let’s breakdown why Seattle lost this close game against Arizona:
The quarterback duel in this game drew a lot of attention coming into the week. Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson are very similar in their builds and quarterback styles. So, there was naturally a lot of hype surrounding the two.
Mistakes were made from both quarterbacks, but both were great all game. Russell Wilson finished the game going 33-of-50 for 388 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson also threw a season-high three interceptions, but led the team in rushing yards with six carries for 84 yards. Wilson made some mistakes in this game, but overall, he played great and had opportunities to win this game.
Kyler Murray showed up majorly in this game. Murray finished the game going 34-of-48 for 360 yards and three touchdowns. Murray was picked off once in this game, but carried the ball 14 times for 67 yards and a rushing touchdown, as well. Both quarterbacks made history with their stat lines on Sunday night. Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray became the first pair of quarterbacks since 1948 to throw for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 50 yards. What a game this was, and the finish was even better.
The Seahawks held a 27-17 lead at the half and were trying to close the game out in the second half.
There were some big-time receivers that played in this game. DeAndre Hopkins, D.K. Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett all were healthy and playing. Metcalf came back down to Earth and was bottled up for most of the game. He finished the game with only two catches for 23 yards.
It was a Tyler Lockett kind of night. Russell Wilson hit Lockett 15 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Lockett was uncoverable all game long, and linked up with Wilson on a few beautiful catches. Lockett showed chemistry with Wilson throughout the game, and if you watch the highlights, your jaw will drop at some of the plays these two guys made.
DeAndre Hopkins got back on track with Kyler Murray in this game. Hopkins finished with 10 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Any time “Nuk” was one-on-one, Murray wisely took a shot to Hopkins. Larry Fitzgerald also had a very solid performance as Murray’s right-hand man. He finished the game with eight catches and 62 yards.
Overall, some outstanding performances from these very talented receivers. It was a joy to watch these two teams battle it out.
The scoring in the second half slowed up a little bit. The first touchdown came with only three minutes left in the quarter when Kyler Murray made an incredible play on a five-yard touchdown run, which made the score 24-27, late in the third quarter. It was clear this game was going to come down to the wire.
Russell Wilson was able to respond and led the Seahawks offense on a 12-play drive that ended with Tyler Lockett making an absolutely ridiculous catch in the back of the end zone. The catch was originally ruled incomplete on the field, but after a Seahawks challenge, the ruling was overturned to a touchdown, making the score 34-24 midway through the fourth quarter. Wilson had the Seahawks up 10 and in clear winning position. Hats off to the Cardinals for continuing to fight, however.
The Cardinals were able to respond with a 15-play drive of their own, ending with Kyler Murray completing a pass to Christian Kirk for an eight-yard touchdown. This closed the gap once again, 34-31. After Carlos Hyde was stopped short on a 3rd-and-2, the Seahawks were forced to punt, giving the Cardinals just under a minute to try and win or extend to overtime.
Kyler Murray led the Cardinals right down the field on an eight-play drive, ending with a Zane Gonzalez 44-yard field goal as time expired to take it to overtime in this divisional matchup.
Seattle won the coin toss and elected to receive first. That did not end so well.
After only six plays and a pair of sacks, Seattle was forced to punt the ball. The Cardinals had a shot to end the undefeated season of the Seahawks.
Kyler Murray led the Cardinals down the field on six plays to set up a 41-yard field goal opportunity to win it. Zane Gonzalez hooked the kick wide left, giving the Seahawks another shot to win it.
At this point in the overtime, I was torn watching. I did not know how this game was going to end.
On the fifth play of the drive, Wilson hit D.K. Metcalf on a screen pass for a 48-yard touchdown. However, the potential game-winner was nullified by a holding penalty by David Moore. On the next play, Wilson was intercepted by rookie Isaiah Simmons. This gave Kyler one more shot to win the game, and that was all he needed.
Kyler Murray led the Cardinals down the field and eventually set up a 48-yard field goal attempt. Gonzalez was money this time, and he won the game for the Cardinals, 37-34.
The Seahawks, unfortunately, were not able to cover the 3.5 spread, giving me a loss for that bet. The score of the game was 37-34, which covered the over/under by a lot. At least I was correct in that aspect. I will get you betting guys back next week when the Seahawks host the 49ers.
After suffering their first loss of the season, the Seattle Seahawks (5-1) are looking to bounce back as they host the San Francisco 49ers (4-3) this week.
The Arizona Cardinals (5-2) look to build off of this win after their Week 8 bye. This will give the Cardinals a chance to heal up as they look ahead to their Week 9 matchup against the Miami Dolphins (3-3).
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