GLENDALE, Ariz. — Russell Wilson was a loser in his NFL debut in Arizona 13 months ago. Not so Thursday night.
Wilson threw for three touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards as the Seattle Seahawks beat the Cardinals, 34-22.
The Seahawks (6-1) intercepted two of Carson Palmer’s passes, converting both into touchdowns, and sacked him seven times. Two of those sacks were by Chris Clemons, who had been questionable for the game with a hyperextended elbow.
Arizona (3-4) got a touchdown and one of its three field goals after Wilson twice fumbled while being sacked deep in Seattle territory.
Palmer has thrown 11 interceptions in the last five games and 13 this season, second only to Eli Manning’s 15.
Seattle sent the Cardinals to their eighth straight loss against an NFC West foe.
Wilson completed 18 of 29 passes for 235 yards, with TD passes of 31 yards to Sidney Rice, 15 yards to Zach Miller, and a yard to Kellen Davis. For the second game in a row, Wilson did not throw an interception.
Palmer, 30 of 45 for 258 yards and a touchdown, was under duress most of the night, especially from the left side where young tackle Bradley Sowell struggled mightily.
Seattle dominated the first half, yet led only, 17-10.
Arizona, coming off a 32-20 loss at San Francisco on Sunday, took the opening kickoff and made it to its 40 before Tony McDaniel burst through virtually untouched to sack Palmer for a 14-yard loss.
Seattle took the ensuing punt and needed just five plays to go 83 yards. Wilson, throwing off his back foot while retreating to his right, connected with Rice for 31 yards for the score.
The next time Arizona had the ball, Palmer threw long to Larry Fitzgerald, but Brandon Browner stripped the ball from the receiver and Seattle’s Earl Thomas gathered it in as he tumbled out of bounds. Initially it was ruled an incomplete pass, but the Seahawks challenged and the call was reversed to an interception at the Seattle 28.
Again, the Seahawks moved downfield, going 72 yards in 11 plays, Wilson throwing 15 yards to Miller and Seattle led, 14-0.
A strong defensive stand helped turn things around temporarily for the Cardinals.
Seattle had it second-and-1 at its 43, but failed to get the first down on three straight runs. On fourth and inches, Wilson tried a sneak but was tackled by Calais Campbell well short of the marker.