Janikowskis late FG wins it for Seahawks over Cardinals, 20-17

Janikowski\s late FG wins it for Seahawks over Cardinals, 20-17
Thomas appears to give finger to Seahawks sideline after injury
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Seattle safety Earl Thomas gave a parting finger to the Seahawks side of the field while being carted off with broken left leg against the Arizona Cardinals.

Thomas has been engaged in a back-and-forth with the Seahawks over a long-term commitment, missing multiple practices this season to prevent putting his future at risk.

Now, it makes sense that the Cardinals are moving forward with Rosen — who they took No. 10 overall in the NFL draft. Bradford completed just 62 percent of his passes and threw for only 400 yards and two touchdowns in the first three weeks this season, and Rosen is considered the future of the franchise. That move was expected at some point this season — and many felt it should have come sooner.

He broke his leg defending a pass against the Cardinals in the fourth quarter and raised up his middle finger toward Seattles side of the field just before the cart pulled into the tunnel.

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“That is why you ask for certain things,” Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark said. “Earl wanted an extension and at the end of the day he didnt get that. It sucks. It sucks to see a guy who puts his heart into something, put his all into his team and he doesnt get what he deserves.”

According to ESPNs Adam Schefter, the Cardinals have moved quarterback Mike Glennon into the No. 2 spot on their depth chart, jumping Bradford. As the No. 3 quarterback, Bradford will not be active Sunday for the Cardinals — meaning he will lose his active roster bonus of more than $300,000.

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Pete Carroll needs to admit that this was a huge, huge mistake

Thomas has played eight seasons since Seattle selected him out of Texas with the 14th overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft.

Share Share Seahawks become just 20th team since 1991 to win without a third-down conversion tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports In another ugly offensive performance, the Seattle Seahawks scraped by the Arizona Cardinals (now the NFLs only winless team) 20-17 on a Sebastian Janikowski field goal as time expired. While the rushing game came alive for 171 yards, the passing game was a mess, as Russell Wilson went 19/26 for just 172 yards and no touchdowns.

The six-time Pro Bowler held out of training camp while seeking a contract extension and joined the Seahawks a week before the season despite having a contract that expires at the end of this season.

“We play a very, very emotional game,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “I think sometimes you have to allow people to have their emotions. I dont think nothing of it. I think he has a long road ahead of him if it is the injury he is expecting.”

Of glaring note from Sundays win on the offensive side of the ball is the fact that the Seahawks went 0/10 on third-down. This is only the 20th time since 1991 (per Pro-Football-Reference) that an NFL team has prevailed without a successful third-down conversion. The most recent team to accomplish this was the 2015 Cincinnati Bengals, who beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-16 and went 0/9 on third-down.

Thomas was injured while covering Chad Williams, who caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Josh Rosen to tie the game at 17-all. Thomas lower left leg seemed to buckle as he dove on top of Williams in the end zone.

Players from both teams gathered around as the trainers worked on Thomas and his leg was put in an air cast before he was driven off.

My guess is that as Im writing this, Carroll and Schottenheimer are praising the run game that got five yards per carry and two touchdowns while ignoring the 5.7 yards per pass attempt, the lack of conversions on third down, the eight penalties, and the fact that they just barely beat a team that I think will finish somewhere between 0-16 and 3-13. The Seahawks are a terrible offense, a good defense that just lost one of its two best players, and a shaky kicking team. That barely got them a win on Sunday and itll probably send them towards a 6-10 record if they dont change something immediately.

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas suffered a lower leg fracture in Sundays game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to the team. He was carted off the field in the fourth quarter.

Carroll took a swing at change, and I applaud that as being the right move, I think, but he whiffed. He whiffed badly. I wrote about Brian Schottenheimer in January after he was hired, and even defended him as an experienced coordinator with a lifetime of learning about offenses under his famous father, but the time to defend him is over. The decisions are questionable. The results are horrible. Russell Wilson looks like the absolute worst version of himself. An offseason proclamation to commit to the run was ignored over the first two games and then forced over the last two.

Thomas, whos been mired in a contract dispute with the Seahawks for several months, appeared to give the middle finger to his teams sideline while exiting.

The 29-year-old was playing the 2018 season under the final year of his contract, which has a cap hit of $10.4 million. He held out for much of the preseason, refusing to participate in team activities before returning in early September.

Russell Wilson leaned down to him to share a quiet word. Then the three-time All-Pro hopped on the metal sticks through the same locker room in which Richard Sherman couldnt walk after tearing his Achilles and playing his last game for the Seahawks last fall. The same room in which Kam Chancellor also began realizing his Seattle career, his NFL career, was likely over, too, because of a career-ending neck injury.

Trade rumors continue to swirl around Thomas, with the Seahawks reportedly demanding a second-round draft pick in return.

A six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, Thomas had recorded three interceptions through the first three games of the season. He made four tackles with one pass defensed before departing Sundays game.

Thomas is expected to recover in time for free agency, and he could play in Super Bowl LIII if the Seahawks make the playoffs and advance that far, according to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport.