BY Adam Lewis 11:58AM 10/18/2013

Photobomb: Seahawks go desert cruisin’

The Seahawks dispelled lingering doubts about their play away from home by powering through their own mistakes and over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football.

Quarterback Russell Wilson at his best: On the run, in the air, throwing hard. / Drew McKenzie

The Seahawks’ first 6-1 start came with signature moments from Seattle’s unflappable quarterback, Russell Wilson, and its relentless running back, Marshawn Lynch.  Thursday night’s 34-22 win against the Arizona Cardinals in University of Phoenix Stadium was full of remarkable plays. Whether it was Wilson on a dead sprint finding wide receiver Sidney Rice for a 31-yard touchdown, or Lynch knocking the helmet off a Cardinal defender, Sportspress Northwest  photographer Drew McKenzie captured some remarkable images.

Wilson, who finished 18 of 29 with 235 yards and three touchdowns, fumbled three times, losing two, but never lost his cool. Really, does he ever lose his cool? Or even appear slightly flustered?  How else to explain the way he found TE Zach Miller in the third quarter despite being parallel to the ground? Check these three sequential images of the play:

Wilson is 17-6 as a starter since the Seahawks selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. / Drew McKenzie

Wilson appeared more at ease hitting checkdowns with Miller back after missing the Indianapolis and Tennessee games with a hamstring injury. No way he catches this, right?

The six-yard reception on third down was key to keeping alive a drive that led to a touchdown. / Drew McKenzie

Miller finished with 5 receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown. Rank this among his most impressive catches.

Miller is an asset to the Seattle offense because his blocking is as solid as his hands are soft. / Drew McKenzie

Early in the week, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin told a first-year reporter to “Write this down!” before blasting the small segment of Seahawks followers complaining about the receiving group’s inability to get open. Baldwin received only a single target against the Cardinals, though he made the reception, netting 16 yards.

Doug Baldwin leads the Seahawks in receiving yards with 360. He also embodies the franchise’s feisty attitude. / Drew McKenzie

Is there anything left to say about Marshawn Lynch? He ate Skittles while never looking tired against a formidable Arizona defensive front, prompting dietitians everywhere to re-examine their recommendations. These three photos show Lynch on a six-yard run over and through Cardinals DL Darnell Dockett, who outweighs Lynch by 60 pounds:

Lynch has 14 receptions, 177 receiving yards and a touchdown. He also has the best truck stick in the league. / Drew McKenzie

Dockett lost his helmet, balance and the tackle, and Lynch was downed by others at the six-inch line. As NBA broadcaster Marv Albert would say, “That was a human facial!” 

Lynch’s right hook knocked off the helmet of Dockett in a play that epitomized Seattle’s physical dominance. / Drew McKenzie

Time to call it a night, Darnell.

Lynch has only one 100-yard rushing game in 2013, but he still has 578 yards and six rushing touchdowns. / Drew McKenzie

Hugs for everybody! Reaching 6-1 missing starting tackles Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung) and WR Percy Harvin is cause for celebration.

Cornerback Richard Sherman helped hold Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer to 30 of 45 for 258 yards and one touchdown. Seattle had  two picks and seven sacks. / Drew McKenzie


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