Whipped to the ground over and over, Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer was spending most of Week 7 of his 11th season on his behind.
The Seahawks sacked the veteran seven times, crunching him with defensive tackles, ends and linebackers. Eight different players worked on their post-sack celebrations at Palmer’s expense.
Linebacker Bruce Irvin chatted him up.
“I said, man, you’re going to be sore,” Irvin said. “He told me he’s used to it.”
The Seahawks’ defense dominating games continued a norm, too.
After a quick start, Seattle pushed ahead 31-13 and held on for a 34-22 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Seahawks moved to 6-1 for the first time in franchise history in a place they had won just once in during the last seven tries.
They have already have matched last season’s regular-season road win total with three.
“We’re still not playing as clean as we want,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “We still have not had the across-the-board clean game we’re looking for. It feels like we’re still growing.
“We have enough firepower in a lot of areas to overcome the things that are going in the wrong direction.”
Much of the arsenal remains on the defense.
Cornerback Brandon Browner bounced back a week after being benched and had an interception he returned to the Arizona 1-yard line. Safety Earl Thomas took advantage of yet another tipped pass, that Browner broke up, for an interception of his own, his fourth of the season.
The Cardinals averaged just 1.7 yards per rush. A six-foot man falling forward would have been more effective.
“Whole lot of hungry dudes,” Irvin said of the defense. “Bunch of crazed dogs, man.”
The defense again covered up an overall game without rhythm.
Russell Wilson fumbled twice when he was sacked from the backside. Arizona converted one of his fumbles into a one-play drive when it scored from the 3-yard line, cutting the Seahawks’ lead to 17-10 just before halftime.
The Seahawks were stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Arizona 43-yard early in the second quarter. The Cardinals picked up three points afterward, though they only went 26 yards on 10 plays.
The Seahawks also had 10 penalties.
“We have enough playmakers on this team that we can overcome all of that,” wide receiver Golden Tate said. “Once we eliminate all that? Watch out We’re going to be very, very dangerous.”