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Seahawks find balance on offense, shut down wunderkind Murray in victory over Cardinals
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Seahawks find balance on offense, shut down wunderkind Murray in victory over Cardinals

Introspection seemed to be in order this week in Seattle, where, following three losses in four weeks, the Seahawks were forced to answer questions about a lack of balance on offense and an absence of playmaking on defense. It would be hyperbolic to say they had lost their identity, but there were murmurs about it. And another defeat surely could turn murmurs into whispers and whispers into shouts. But on a 48-degree evening in Lumen Field, formerly known as CenturyLink, the Seahawks ground any potential speculation to a halt with a 28-21 victory over the resurgent Cardinals. They relied on the tried and trusted blueprint that has made them one of the NFL's most successful franchises since 2012, creating balance on the ground thanks in part to the return of Carlos Hyde, who gained 79 yard...
Russell Wilson gets back on track in Seahawks’ win over Cardinals
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Russell Wilson gets back on track in Seahawks’ win over Cardinals

It may not have been a signature performance, but it was one Russell Wilson needed after a rough couple of weeks. Turnovers, defensive miscues and the lack of a reliable run game were points of emphasis for Seattle in recent games. In Thursday night's 28-21 victory over the Cardinals, all three were non-issues, and it allowed Wilson to settle back into playing his game. "I think that we're capable of anything all the time," Wilson said when asked the potential of a more balanced offensive approach. "Obviously, to not have our running backs and stuff like that, guys like Chris Carson and Carlos \[Hyde\], some of the best in the league. So, anytime you lose some of the best players in the league, that always hurts a little bit for sure. ... We want to be able to obviously throw it and do o...
What we learned in Seahawks’ win over Cardinals on Thursday night
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What we learned in Seahawks’ win over Cardinals on Thursday night

Seattle Seahawks 28, Arizona Cardinals 21 1) Four days removed from his first touchdown-less outing, Russell Wilson offered no feeling-out process, but instead offered up a dazzling first drive that concluded with a sensational scramble and scoring throw that found another Seahawk coming off a forgettable showing in DK Metcalf. And the Seahawks offense was off to the races! Well, not quite. This wasn't the aerial showcase the Seahawks have so often treated us to this year. But Wilson settled in and excellently executed the Seattle offense, scrambling for chunk gains when they were offered, leaning on the running game when the clock had to be ground down and efficiently hitting his targets in the passing game. And then cheering mightily as Carlos Dunlap and the defense made one final ...
Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence: Matchup vs. Cook, Vikings ‘will not be a repeat of the Browns game’
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Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence: Matchup vs. Cook, Vikings ‘will not be a repeat of the Browns game’

Back in Week 4, The Dallas Cowboys got run over by the Cleveland Browns, allowing 307 total rushing yards and three rushing scores in a 49-38 home loss. Talk of the Browns running laps around the 'Boys' defense is resurfacing this week as Dallas prepares to take on the Minnesota Vikings. Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski came from Minnesota and runs a similar ground-first offense to the one the Vikings deploy. Given the overlap in philosophy, it's not hard to see why Cowboys fans might fear they'll be plowed over once again. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, however, sees it otherwise. "I feel like we're a different team, we're playing totally different, energy is totally different and this will not be a repeat of the Browns game," he said, via the team's official website. "I feel like ...
Cardinals plan to expand rookie LB Isaiah Simmons’ role vs. Seahawks: ‘It’s time’
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Cardinals plan to expand rookie LB Isaiah Simmons’ role vs. Seahawks: ‘It’s time’

While many of his fellow rookies have shined this season, first-round linebacker Isaiah Simmons has mostly watched from the sidelines this season. The No. 8 overall pick has been a bit-player through nine games, playing just 140 total defensive snaps. That could change in Thursday night's showdown against division rival Seattle. "To his credit, he's been patient," defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said, via the team's official website. "He's been frustrated, but he's been patient and waiting his turn, learning and working in practice. It's showing in the games. We've got to play him more, because he can help us win, and that's what we want from Isaiah. "He's been patient enough to wait his turn, but it's time." Joseph and coach Kliff Kingsbury didn't want to heap too much on the roo...
Broncos DC Ed Donatell at home recovering after hospitalization due to COVID-19
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Broncos DC Ed Donatell at home recovering after hospitalization due to COVID-19

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, who tested positive for the coronavirus on Nov. 1, is at home recovering after he was hospitalized last week with COVID-19-related symptoms, the team announced Wednesday. Donatell, 63, is feeling better and has begun light physical activity and has taken part in team virtual meetings, according to the team. Donatell tested positive ahead of the Broncos' Week 8 game against the Los Angeles Chargers and has been unable to coach among Vic Fangio's staff since. In his second season as the Broncos defensive coordinator, Donatell previously held the same position with the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. Denver (3-6) hosts the Miami Dolphins (6-3) on Sunday.
What to watch for in Cardinals-Seahawks on ‘Thursday Night Football’
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What to watch for in Cardinals-Seahawks on ‘Thursday Night Football’

A high-flying rematch featuring two of the game's brightest stars and massive playoff stipulations will kick off the Week 11 slate of NFL action. Second-season sensation Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals (6-3) face Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks (6-3) at 8:20 p.m. ET at CenturyLink Field on Thursday Night Football, airing on NFL Network, FOX and Amazon Prime. For the second time in four games, the Cardinals will have a showdown with the Seahawks after Arizona won a thrilling overtime classic, 37-34, in Week 7's Sunday night offering. Now, Seattle is coming off a close loss that's made this a battle for first place in the NFC West, while Arizona is days removed from DeAndre Hopkins hauling in one of the most memorable catches -- and moments -- of the 2020 season to vault...
49ers awarded former Falcons DE Takk McKinley on waivers
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49ers awarded former Falcons DE Takk McKinley on waivers

Takkarist McKinley has a new home, and it isn't far from his hometown. The Oakland native was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco 49ers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. The Niners later announced McKinley is available to join the team pending the completion of COVID-19 protocols and the passing of a physical. The former first-round pick was claimed by the Bengals last week, just two days after the Falcons waived him, but was soon released after failing his physical. Rapoport reported that the 49ers will have to assess his groin and see when he can play, but they are good with where he stands physically. After being on the trade block and staying put, McKinley revealed via Twitter he'd requested to be dealt last year and this one and that the Falcons turned ...
What to watch for in Cardinals-Seahawks on ‘Thursday Night Football’
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What to watch for in Cardinals-Seahawks on ‘Thursday Night Football’

A high-flying rematch featuring two of the game's brightest stars and massive playoff stipulations will kick off the Week 11 slate of NFL action. Second-season sensation Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals (6-3) face Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks (6-3) at 8:20 p.m. ET at CenturyLink Field on Thursday Night Football, airing on NFL Network, FOX and Amazon Prime. For the second time in four games, the Cardinals will have a showdown with the Seahawks after Arizona won a thrilling overtime classic, 37-34, in Week 7's Sunday night offering. Now, Seattle is coming off a close loss that's made this a battle for first place in the NFC West, while Arizona is days removed from DeAndre Hopkins hauling in one of the most memorable catches -- and moments -- of the 2020 season to vault...
Tuesday’s NFL injury and roster news for Week 11
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Tuesday’s NFL injury and roster news for Week 11

Pierre Desir's one-year trial with the Jets is ending early. New York is releasing the veteran defensive back, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. Desir came to New York via free agency, signing a one-year, $3.75 million deal after two relatively productive seasons in Indianapolis. He recorded a career-high three interceptions in 2019 and matched that total in nine games this season, but the Next Gen Stats paint a different picture. Desir ranked among the league's worst cornerbacks in completion percentage allowed above expectation, surrendering a completion on 74.5% of his targets, which is 11.3% above expected completions. In short, Desir was not only not denying opposing receivers receptions, but he also wasn't making plays when in proper position. At 0-9, New York is cutting bai...