Seahawks offense shows improvement

Sep 25, 2011, 8:05 PM | Updated: Sep 26, 2011, 12:53 am

By Liz Mathews

The offense came alive on Sunday and the Seahawks were able to come away with their first regular season win of the year, beating the division-rival Cardinals 13-10.

“We saw the factor of Sidney playing,” head coach Pete Carroll said after the game, referring to wide receiver Sidney Rice.

Sunday marked Rice’s first regular-season game of the year after suffering from a shoulder injury.

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Marshawn Lynch accounted for 73 of the Seahawks’ season-high 122 rushing yards. (AP)

Rice was the team’s leading receiver, posting eight catches for 109 yards and averaging 13.6 yards per reception.

“This is a big deal to us to get him back on the field,” Carroll said. “He is a fantastic football player, and he’s going to make a difference for us. I’m so proud of him getting back and fighting through it.

“His attitude is so perfect about getting back; he was trying to get back a week ago, and we didn’t let him. It’s just a champion mentality; really tough competitor.”

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, sacked four times, was somewhat limited in his ability to find all his receivers.

“We didn’t spread the ball around today as much as we’d like,” Carroll said. “We couldn’t get the ball today to Mike [Williams] but we will. You know we will. That just makes us that much tougher, when we can use everybody.”

Williams was targeted just once on Sunday for an incomplete pass.

Offensively, the Seahawks showed the most improvement in the run game. The team rushed for a total of 122 yards, with running back Marshawn Lynch logging 19 carries for 73 yards, with a long of 23.

“We targeted better,” Carroll said. “There was some really good spacing in there. Marshawn ran really tough. He ran through some stuff to get in to the second level. We’re just going to get a little bit better. We’re going to keep improving.

“You’ll get sick of hearing about it, but that’s what it feels like to us. We’re going to keep counting on it. If we target a little bit better, and keep them moving well, and the scheme was good, and Marshawn hit it. He was close to having a big day today, and that was significant.”

But Jackson scored the teams only touchdown — an 11-yard rush in the third quarter.

“When you get the run going, it kind of helps everything go,” Jackson said after the game. “I take my hat off to the offensive line. Those guys did a great job today, running the football and protecting and all that. We prepare hard throughout the week, those guys are pushing and pushing all week.

“I know they’ve been hearing about not running the football and protecting and stuff, but they stepped up today and did a great job.”

News and notes

Jackson suffered a hit to the leg in the fourth quarter and backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst warmed up briefly on the sidelines before returning to the bench. Jackson never missed a play and reported no significant injury after the game.

Linebacker Matt McCoy took a blow to the head but Carroll confirmed later that he was OK.

You can listen to all the postgame interviews here.

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