Absent Kyler Murray, Cardinals shut down Russell Wilson, Seahawks to regain NFC lead

Missing Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for the third consecutive game, the Arizona Cardinals didn’t skip a beat Sunday, riding their defense to a 23-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Arizona improved to 9-2 and regained the top spot in the NFC after the Packers lost to the Vikings earlier Sunday, while Seattle fell to 3-7.

Backup Colt McCoy, who played despite being questionable with a pectoral injury, threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns, both to Zach Ertz. The veteran tight end also drew a critical pass-interference penalty on third-and-goal with 2:23 to play, setting up James Conner‘s game-sealing 1-yard touchdown.

Murray is battling an ankle injury he suffered on the final play of a loss to the Packers on Oct. 28. Hopkins injured his hamstring in the same game. The Cardinals improved to 2-1 without the pair and now have their bye week before visiting the Bears on Dec. 5.

In his second game back from finger surgery, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense continued to struggle. A week after Wilson threw two interceptions and saw his team shut out for the first time as a pro against the Packers, he finished 14 of 26 for 207 yards while being sacked four times against the Cardinals.

The Seahawks had gone 20 offensive possessions without a touchdown, dating to Oct. 31 against Jacksonville, before Deejay Dallas‘ 2-yard run with 7:05 to play. That was their only TD on the day, as they totaled only 266 yards on 49 plays.

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