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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Seahawks Beat Cardinals 21-10



From NFL.com:

Standards have risen so high in Seattle that some members of the Seahawks aren't happy -- despite being 2-0.

None of those would be on defense.

"Everybody expects us to be the team that was in the Super Bowl," running back Shaun Alexander said after a 21-10 win over Arizona. "This is only the second week. So I think we have a good, second-week offense instead of the team that walked into the Super Bowl."

Last year's year MVP ran for a relatively modest 89 yards on 26 carries -- most of those late -- and scored an early touchdown.

Then Seattle's swarming, blitzing defense continually harassed quarterback Kurt Warner and the Cardinals into missed opportunities in the Seahawks' second consecutive underwhelming win.

"Our defense really stepped up today. I think they have a chance to be a special group, I really do," said Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, who calls Seattle's plays.

"Offensively," he added, "it is a work in progress."

Seattle is 2-0 for the third time in four seasons despite Pro Bowler Matt Hasselbeck throwing two interceptions and going just 12-for-27 for 221 yards -- his first game under 50 percent passing in two seasons.

And Alexander, last season's league rushing champion, was held below 100 yards for the second consecutive game for the first time since November, 2004. He had 51 yards in a field-goal filled win at Detroit in the opener.

"Well, I'm happy we are 2-0," Hasselbeck said. "There are definitely things can correct. We're a little sloppy ... we all need to play better. I need to play better.

"There's obviously things on the film we are not going to enjoy watching."

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