It is said that Thursday night football games aren't fair to the road team due to the short week and the travel. It is said that this is particularly true when you are playing a division rival at their house. It is said, by the 2013 Seattle Seahawks, "Say what?" The Seahawks, with just a couple of days to prepare for their game at Arizona, beat the Arizona Cardinals 34-22 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona Thursday night.
With a passing game that hasn't clicked smoothly for Seattle, and the short week, Arizona's fans believed that this might be the time to take down the high-flying Seahawks. The Hawks were still without two starting offensive linemen as well as the yet-to-practice Percy Harvin. None of that mattered, as Russell Wilson found Golden Tate, Zach Miller, and everyone wearing Hawk colors except the 12th Man guy in the crowd. Wilson was 18 for 29 for 235 yards and two scores. He did not throw an interception.
Supporting Wilson was the reliable Marshawn Lynch. The veteran runner out of Cal amassed 91 yards on 21carries. Lynch had one rushing touchdown.
Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer, who played for Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll before Carroll left USC, never had time to throw the ball. Sacked seven times by the Hawks, and harassed when he wasn't sacked, Palmer threw two interceptions for the second week in a row. The veteran signal caller has been under fire for poor play in the Valley of the Sun. The next week and a half is not likely to see an end to the criticism. Palmer was 30 completions out of 45 attempts for 258 yards. He threw for one score in addition to throwing the interceptions.
The payback for playing two games in four days is a virtual mini-bye before a team has to play again. Seattle gets an extra day on top of the usual break as they don't take the field again until a week from next Monday night. The Hawks travel to St. Louis for that game.