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Victory comes at a high price as Seahawks down Cardinals

Seattle lost star cornerback Richard Sherman for the year.

Russell Wilson was in good form again.
Russell Wilson was in good form again.

THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS defeated the Arizona Cardinals 22-16 thanks to some big plays from Russell Wilson on Thursday Night Football but the win came at a significant cost as All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman left the game with an Achilles injury.

It is expected that he will be out for the season.

Most of the game was choppy with penalties and injuries ruining the flow, but Wilson entertained with his legs and arm to help the Seahawks (6-3) gain ground on the Los Angeles Rams (6-2) in the NFC West.

Wilson was dominant at the University of Phoenix Stadium as Seattle closed out their win after holding a 15-7 half-time lead.

The Seattle quarterback has been a lightning rod all season, escaping pressure to execute magical throws down field. He was up to his usual antics again, extending plays to help keep the Seahawks offence on the field.

Wilson, who threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, was still sacked five times behind his struggling offensive line, which also lost recently-acquired Duane Brown to a first-half ankle injury.

The Seahawks committed 12 penalties for 108 yards, while helping the Cardinals convert six first downs via penalties. Seattle now have 84 penalties this season after 16 last week.

The Seahawks pride themselves on a physical defence that jams opposing receivers immediately off the line of scrimmage, but their discipline problems are alarming. The Seahawks have now committed double-digit penalties in four straight games, which will not cut it against elite opponents.

That said, for the second straight week, the Seahawks’ defence forced a safety. This time, they stuffed Adrian Peterson into his own end zone after backing the Cardinals up against their own goal line.

Seattle have now won five of their last six games, and defensive pressure is a big reason why they have enjoyed recent success.

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