Seattle Seahawks Down Arizona Cardinals, 22-10

Game week news and notes for this weekend's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks (3-2) and Arizona Cardinal (3-2). The divisional rivals take the field this Sunday at 1:15 p.m. on Fox. For more on the Seahawks, check out SB Nation's Field Gulls.

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Recap: Seattle Seahawks Drop Arizona Cardinals In Sloppy Game, 22-10

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Olindo Mare kicked five field goals and Mike Williams continued his career revitalization with a touchdown catch in Seattle’s 22-10 win over Arizona in a battle for the top spot in the NFC West at Quest Field.

Matt Hasselbeck completed 20-of-38 throws for 192 yards and one touchdown while Marshawn Lynch carried 24 times for 89 yards for the Seahawks (4-2), who took over sole possession of first place in the division.

Williams caught a career-high 11 passes for 87 yards and now has a career-best 32 grabs for 348 yards to this point in the season.

Max Hall connected on only 4-of-16 tosses for 36 yards and was intercepted once, and left the game after taking a blow to the head as the Cardinals (3-3) fell a game behind the victors.

Derek Anderson took over and went 8-for-17 for 96 yards and Beanie Wells gained 54 yards on 14 runs and scored a touchdown for the visitors, who had won six of the previous seven meetings.

Seattle moved 78 yards in 14 plays on the game’s first possession, but had to settle for Mare’s 20-yard field goal when the drive stalled at the two.

The hosts went three-and-out midway through the second quarter before Jon Ryan’s punt was muffed by rookie Andre Roberts inside the Cardinals 20 and recovered by Roy Lewis at the two.

Two plays later, Williams made a leaping grab of Hasselbeck’s throw and came down inbounds in the left corner of the end zone for his first TD of the year, making it a 10-0 game with 5:46 remaining in the half.

Less than a minute into the second half, Hall was sacked by Chris Clemons, who jarred the ball loose, and it was recovered by Raheem Brock at the Cardinals’ 11. The hosts could not pick up a first down and had to settle for a 31-yard boot from Mare that extended their lead to 13-0.

Again, Seattle was able to take advantage of a special teams miscue, as Jason Wright of the Cardinals booted the ensuing kickoff toward the left sideline, where it was recovered by Kennard Cox at the Arizona 16.

The Seahawks gained only three yards before Mare came on to kick a 31-yarder that was nullified by a holding penalty. The veteran then connected from 41 yards out, but that was wiped away by another holding call. The third try was the charm, as Mare nailed it from 51 with 10:57 left in the third period.

Hall was replaced by Anderson on the next Arizona possession and the former starter steered an eight-play, 70-yard drive that Wells capped with a two-yard scoring run to trim the margin to 16-7 with 5:43 to go in the quarter. Anderson completed all three of his passes on the march, including a 29-yarder down the middle to Early Doucet that put the visitors at the Seattle 16.

Mare kicked a 46-yard field goal that the Seahawks took off the board after a defensive offside call gave them a first down at the 23. Hasselbeck found Williams for 15 yards to set up 1st-and-goal, but again Seattle couldn’t punch it in and settled for a 24-yarder from Mare to make it a 19-7 contest with 49 seconds left in the third quarter.

LaRod Stephens-Howling brought the ensuing kickoff from four yards deep in his own end zone to the Seattle 33. The long return set up Jay Feely’s 24-yard field goal that sliced the deficit to 19-10 just 12 seconds into the final quarter.

Mare’s final successful kick of the day, from 26 yards out, extended the hosts’ lead to 22-10 with 7 1/2 minutes to play in the game.

Game Notes

Hasselbeck is 17-5 in his last 22 home starts against divisional foes…Justin Forsett ran nine times for 41 yards and caught two passes for 31 yards for Seattle…Tim Hightower carried six times for a team-high 59 yards for Arizona. Larry Fitzgerald was held to three catches for 30 yards while Doucet made two grabs for 33…Fellow wide receiver Steve Breaston was inactive for a third straight week…The Cardinals lead the all-time series 13-10…Arizona had won 12 of its previous 15 divisional games before Sunday.

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Russell Okung Has Low Ankle Sprain, X-Rays Negative

Initial tests show Russell Okung's ankle sprain doesn't appear to be too severe. Okung went down after being rolled-up on during the Seahawks first possession, limping off the field and being taken to the locker room. NFL.com's Jason LaCanfora is reporting x-rays were negative and it was only a low ankle sprain, a much better diagnosis than the dread high ankle sprain he had on his right ankle earlier this year.

Russell Okung has a low ankle sprain. Does not appear severe. X-rays were negative. Good news for Seattleless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Okung won't return today, but the recovery timetable for a low ankle sprain is much better than the alternative.

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Max Hall Leaves The Game, Derek Anderson In For Arizona

After two quarters and two possessions of futility, Arizona Cardinal’s head coach Ken Wisenhunt has had enough of the Max Hall experience, opting to bring in Derek Anderson with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter. The official line on Hall is a blow to the head, though anyone watching can tell it’s a chronic case of terrible quarterbacking plaguing him.

Thus ends Max Hall’s introduction to Qwest Field. After talking a big game this week, Hall failed to back up his talk, completing four of 16 passes for 46 yards and an interception.

Good work, 12th man. Let that be a lesson to opposing quarterbacks. Don’t challenge our fans.

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Cardinals Turn The Ball Over Twice, Seahawks Settle For Field Goals, Lead 16-0

Michael Robinson was making an impact on today’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, but injured his knee and will not return. Robinson forced a fumble on a muffed punt, setting the Seahawks up for their first touchdown in the first half. He also rushed for three yards on one carry and caught one pass for seven yards.

In the third quarter, Arizona has turned the ball over twice in the second half so far, one coming on a muffed kickoff. The Seahawks failed to turn each into touchdowns. Deep in Arizona territory, Seattle settled for a field goal. After two holding penalties backed the Seahawks up on the next possession, Olindo Mare finally nailed a 51 yarder.

The Seahawks are in the third quarter, leading the Arizona Cardinals 16-0 in a sloppy game.

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Seattle Seahawks Lead Arizona Cardinals At Halftime, 10-0

The Seattle Seahawks made it out of the first half with a 10-0 lead, thanks in no small part to their defense and special team. Amid a pounding rain for much of the first half, the Cardinals and Seahawks looked sloppy on offense, combining for four turnovers and 213 total yards of offense.

Max Hall, who thought Qwest Field would be a fun place to play, isn’t having much fun so far. Hall is 4-15 for 36 yards and an interception through two quarters. Not too fun anymore is it? Earl Thomas set the tone, interception a wobbly Hall pass on the Cardinals’ first possession of the game.

The Cardinals mishandled a punt late in the first half, allowing Michael Robinson to fall on the ball at the two yard line. The Seahawks capitalized two plays later when Matt Hasselbeck hit Mike Williams on a fade route for the score. Hasselbeck had an awful half outside of the touchdown, completing eight of 16 passes for 56 yards and the aforementioned touchdown.

Marshawn Lynch is pacing the Seahawk running backs with 11 carries for 61 yards. Justin Forsett added four carries for 11 yards as the change of pace back.

The Cardinals get the ball to start the half down 10-0.

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Russell Okung Injures Left Ankle; Out For The Game

Russell Okung injured his left ankle and will not return for the Seahawks today against the Arizona Cardinals. Okung was taken to the locker room during the Seahawks first possession after being rolled-up on by tight end Chris Baker.

950 KJR's Ian Furness passed along the word on Twitter.

Okung done for the day. Left ankle injury. Will not return.less than a minute ago via web

It's another setback for the rookie left tackle, who's been hampered by injuries all season. After suffering a high ankle sprain during the preseason, Okung made his debut against St. Louis, leaving the game early when his ankle flared up again. He returned against the Chicago Bears, playing the whole game and handling himself well against the Bears pass rush.

More on Okung as we get it.

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Russell Okung Limps Off, Taken To Locker Room With A Knee Injury

Rookie left tackle Russell Okung, already hampered by an ankle injury, lasted all of one series for the Seahawks today before limping off the field with an apparent knee or ankle injury. Okung was rolled up on by tight end Chris Baker on the play, experiencing a bit of friendly fire in the pile. Okung has left the field and is headed to the locker room for further tests.

Okung played well last week against the Chicago Bears, keeping defensive end Julius Peppers in check all game long. The Seahawks have high hopes for Okung, but his durability is leaving something to be desired so far.

Tyler Polumbus is in for Okung at left tackle. We’ll keep you updated on Okung’s status as the game progresses.

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Brandon Mebane, Kelly Jennings Inactive For Seattle Seahawks

After sitting out this week nursing injuries, Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and cornerback Kelly Jennings are both inactive for today's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Mebane, a load inside at tackle, has been nursing a calf injury that's hampered him for the last few weeks. After spending the week watching practice from the sidelines, head coach Pete Carroll decided to hold Mebane out this week against the Cardinals in an effort to allow him to heal. Kenwan Balmer will replace Mebane in the starting lineup.

Jennings, the starting cornerback opposite Marcus Trufant, suffered a hamstring injury early in last week's win over the Bears. Former Oregon Duck Walter Thurmond III should replace Jennings in the starting lineup. The Seahawks coaching staff has been high on Thurmond since he arrived in Seattle after being picked in the 2010 draft.

The Everett Herald's John Boyle tweeted the news this morning.

#Seahawks inactives: B Mebane, K Jennings, N Ness, D Davis, A Barbre, C Pitts, A McCoy, B Mebane, EJ Wilson. WR Steve Breaston out for AZless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

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Weather At Qwest Field Frightful

Just another fall day in Seattle today, as Qwest Field has seen every spectrum of weather outside of snow. After a blustery night, the skies opened up and the sun peaked out early this morning. Now, the home of the Seattle Seahawks is experiencing torrential rainfall, forcing both teams to change their plans ahead of today’s game.

The 12th man better bring their rain gear for today’s game, with rain expected all day again. Passing in the blustery conditions could be tough for the Seahawks and ball security, as always, will be huge during today’s game. How the Seahawks and Cardinal ball-carriers handle the rain could be the biggest factor in today’s matchup for the early division lead in the NFC West.

Just another perfect day for football in the Northwest.

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Pete Carroll Fires Up 12th Man On Twitter

Arizona quarterback Max Hall isn't worried about Qwest Field and his head coach, Ken Wisenhunt, is confident in the rookie quarterback ahead of this Sunday's game. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, never one to shy away from firing up the fans, wants the 12th man to show up, be loud and get in the Cardinals' heads this Sunday at Qwest Field. Carroll took to Twitter this morning to implore the fans to get loud from the start and make Qwest as intimidating as ever this Sunday.

hey 12th man, let's get a huge "SEA! HAWKS!" chant going during the coin toss up until kickoff on Sun... spread the word!less than a minute ago via web

In a tweet that was deleted, Carrol asked "How loud and crazy is Qwest Field going to be on Sunday?" You heard the man; get the chant going early and often Sunday.

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Matt Hasselbeck On South Park; Watch The Clip Here

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck finally hit the big-time this week, making a guest appearance on South Park. Of course, it wasn't Hasselbeck's voice, nor did he do anything for the episode, but the Comedy Central show used him in an episode spoofing "Inception." A cartoon character modeled after Hasselbeck makes a random appearance in the middle of the episode, saying about one line.

For Hasselbeck, this must be a highlight in a career full of highlights. Forget Super Bowl XL, the Pro Bowls and the playoff appearances. Nothing could possibly top seeing a cartoon of yourself on South Park..

Below is the clip Hasselbeck is featured in (H/T The Tacoma News Tribune).

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Arizona QB Max Hall: Qwest Field 'A Fun Place To Play'

Arizona rookie quarterback Max Hall fired a shot at the 12th man today, saying he’s heard Qwest Field is “a fun place to play.” Qwest, known as one of the loudest, most intimidating stadiums to play in, has caused plenty of headaches for opposing offenses over the years. From the 11 false start penalties levied to the New York Giants in 2005 to the 99 false starts since 2005, Qwest has been a nightmare for visiting teams.

Hall seems confident coming into Qwest and that may not be a good thing (quote via King 5)

Talking to reporters after the Cardinals worked out on Wednesday, Hall said that he’s heard the Seattle stadium is noisy and “a fun place to play.” He said quarterbacks coach Chris Miller told him that players live for these kinds of games.

Calling out Seahawk fans ahead of this weekend’s game for divisional supremacy might not be a great idea. Already amped at the thought of taking over sole possession of first place in the NFC West, you can be sure the 12th man will be loud and proud on Sunday, giving Hall the welcome he deserves.

So, let’s hear you 12th man. Push that false start count into triple digits and show Hall what Qwest Field is all about. Welcome him to the most intimidating environment in the NFL.

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