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Recap: Seattle Seahawks rely on defense to beat Arizona 20-10

Oct 22, 2023, 4:57 PM | Updated: 6:04 pm

Seattle Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III runs against Arizona on Oct. 22, 2023. (Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: The Seattle Seahawks celebrate after Jaxon Smith-Njigba #11 of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Head Coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks with Quandre Diggs #6 of the Seattle Seahawks prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks walks onto the field before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Joshua Dobbs #9 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball Seahawks during the first quarter of the game at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Jaxon Smith-Njigba #11 of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Jamal Adams #33 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after a play in the first quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Kenneth Walker III #9 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Bobby Wagner #54 and Jamal Adams #33 of the Seattle Seahawks tackle Joshua Dobbs #9 of the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter of the game at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Jamal Adams #33 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts to a play by Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Devon Witherspoon #21 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates an interception in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Joshua Dobbs #9 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball to score a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Joshua Dobbs #9 of the Arizona Cardinals scores a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Jake Bobo #19 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring a touchdown with Will Dissly #89 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: The Seattle Seahawks defense break up a pass intended for Michael Wilson #14 of the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter of the game at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Joshua Dobbs #9 of the Arizona Cardinals throws the ball in the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Noah Fant #87 of the Seattle Seahawks catches the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter of the game at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks dives for the end zone but is stopped short during the third quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks dives for the end zone but is stopped short during the third quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Colby Parkinson #84 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts to a play in the third quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Joshua Dobbs #9 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Boye Mafe #53 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes the passer during the second half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Garrett Williams #21 of the Arizona Cardinals intercepts the pass to Jake Bobo #19 of the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter of the game at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Garrett Williams #21 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates an interception during the third quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Devon Witherspoon #21 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after a sack in the fourth quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Joshua Dobbs #9 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled during the fourth quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Trey McBride #85 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Devon Witherspoon #21 of the Seattle Seahawks tackles Rondale Moore #4 of the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of the game at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Devon Witherspoon #21 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts to a play during the fourth quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter of the game at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Jamal Adams #33 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Jamal Adams #33 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 22: Josh Woods #10 of the Arizona Cardinals and Derick Hall #58 of the Seattle Seahawks exchange words after the game at Lumen Field on October 22, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Jake Bobo come from opposite ends of the spectrum for NFL rookies.

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Smith-Njigba was a first-round pick carrying the expectations that come with that spot. Bobo was an undrafted rookie just looking for a shot.

The Seattle Seahawks consider themselves fortunate to have landed both.

Smith-Njigba and Bobo both caught first-half touchdown passes, Kenneth Walker III rushed for a season-high 105 yards, and the Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-10 on Sunday.

With DK Metcalf out because of injury and missing the first game of his career, Seattle’s rookie pass catchers connected with Geno Smith on big plays in the first half before its defense was asked to come up with some key stops in the second half after a handful of mistakes by the Seahawks.

“It was huge not only for Jaxon and Bobo but I think it was huge for our overall offense to see those guys continue to step up and make great plays,” Smith said.

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Seattle (4-2) rebounded from last week’s loss at Cincinnati that was filled with missed opportunities, but a shaky second-half performance by Smith allowed the Cardinals to hang around into the fourth quarter.

Smith completed 18 of 24 passes for 219 yards. He hit Smith-Njigba on a 28-yard reception in the first quarter for his first NFL touchdown. Bobo made a terrific 18-yard TD catch in the second quarter that included a toe-tap on the sideline.

Smith-Njigba and Bobo each had four receptions and became the first set of Seattle rookies to catch TDs in the same game since 2015.

“With (Metcalf) out we knew we were going to have to step up. Obviously he’ll be back soon, but I was just looking to semi-fill his big shoes and felt like we did a little of that today,” Bobo said.

But the Seahawks missed a chance to put away the Cardinals much earlier. Smith was intercepted at the Arizona 1 in the third quarter by Garrett Williams on an underthrown pass intended for Bobo. Smith later fumbled a snap and Arizona recovered at the Seattle 34 early in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks were able to avoid giving up points on the drive after Matt Prater missed a 34-yard field-goal attempt.

Arizona later attempted a fake punt on fourth-and-9 near midfield with 5:09 remaining, but Michael Wilson was tackled 4 yards short of the first down line on a pass from backup QB Clayton Tune. Seattle kicker Jason Myers hit a field goal from 48 yards with 2:17 left to put the victory away for the Seahawks.

Arizona QB Joshua Dobbs was 19 of 33 for 146 yards and was sacked four times. On the week that Kyler Murray was activated from the physically unable to perform list and rejoined Arizona’s practices, Dobbs was unable to get anything working in the downfield passing game. Dobbs’ longest completion was 21 yards on Arizona’s final possession.

“There were opportunities to get the passing game going quicker and earlier in the game. I feel like that would have put us in a better position to continue to execute throughout the game,” Dobbs said.

Dobbs did run for a 25-yard touchdown in the first half, the longest run play allowed this season by Seattle. That touchdown capped an 80-yard drive, but Arizona finished with 249 yards and 88 yards in the second half.

Seattle’s defense has allowed fewer than 250 total yards in three straight games.

“The consistency showed up with our defense,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “They did a fantastic job again today to go back out after halftime and shut them down and not give anything up.”

EARLY EJECTION

Arizona left tackle D.J. Humphries was ejected in the second quarter for making contact with an official following a wild play where Dobbs was intercepted by Devon Witherspoon in the end zone but the turnover was negated by a roughing the passer penalty against Boye Mafe.

At the end of the interception return there was a scrum where Humphries and Seattle’s Jordyn Brooks both swung hands at each other and made contact with an official. Humphries was ruled to be the guilty party and was disqualified.

FIRST ABSENCE

Metcalf missed the first game of his career because of injuries to his ribs and hip. Metcalf had played in 71 straight games from the start of his career in 2019. Metcalf had been listed as questionable on the final injury report. Seattle was also without starting center Evan Brown (hip) and starting right guard Phil Haynes (calf) leaving rookies Olu Oluwatimi and Anthony Bradford to fill in.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

Seattle coach Pete Carroll was 2 for 2 on challenges in the first half, the first time he won two challenges in a game since Dec. 15, 2016, vs. the Rams. The second challenge came on Bobo’s touchdown, which was initially ruled incomplete for being out of bounds.

UP NEXT

Arizona Cardinals: Host Baltimore next Sunday.

Seattle Seahawks: Host Cleveland next Sunday.

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