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A game of missed opportunities saw the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-17 on Sunday and spoil the debut of Cardinals’ rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. Not only that, but the Seahawks’ win kept the Cardinals winless through their first four games of the season, their worst start since 1986.

Yesterday in Glendale was a particularly ugly day for field goal kicking, as both team’s kickers missed two field goals each. None may have been more costly than Phil Dawson’s missed 45-yard field goal that would have given Arizona the lead with 1:50 to play. After his miss, the Seahawks drove down the field and Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Seattle the win and avenge his two previous misses.

In his first start, Rosen went 15-27 for 180 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. While nothing spectacular, the zero interceptions is impressive especially against a tough Seattle secondary. David Johnson led the rushing attack with 22 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown.

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For Seattle, Russell Wilson went 19-26 for 172 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He was helped by Mike Davis, who carried the ball 21 times for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, all is not well for Seattle’s secondary, as star safety Earl Thomas was carted off the field with 8:59 to go in the game with an apparent leg injury. It was later confirmed that he had suffered a leg fracture. While being carted off the field, Thomas appeared to make an obscene gesture to the Seattle sideline. This could stem from the ongoing contract dispute between the Seahawks and Thomas.

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In his first start after being named starter over Sam Bradford, who was inactive for the game, Josh Rosen played decent and showed poise. While Arizona will remain winless, Rosen showed positive signs. As for Seattle, a win is a win and they will leave the game with a 2-2 record. However, they still have much to prove this coming season against tougher opponents.


Seahawks: host the undefeated Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.

Cardinals: head to the bay area for a matchup against the 49ers next Sunday.

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