Russell Wilson threw for three touchdown passes, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards as the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 34-22 Thursday night.
Wilson completed 18 of 29 passes for 235 yards, with touchdown passes to Sidney Rice, Zach Miller and Kellen Davis. For the second game in a row, Wilson did not throw an interception.
“I thought Russell played great. He did a lot of cool stuff for us,” Carroll said via the team’s website. “We’d be a different team without him. I don’t even know how you’d measure it. It’s just such a natural part of our game and he has become such a special aspect of our team, I don’t know what it would be like to be without him.”
The Seahawks are 6-1 for the first time in franchise history and remain atop the NFC West.
Cornerback Brandon Browner and safety Earl Thomas each had an interception for the Seahawks, while Seattle’s defense sacked Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, who went 30 of 45 for 258 yards and a touchdown, seven times.
“Brandon played a terrific game,” Carroll said after the game. “He was all over the football. He challenged everything. I challenged him a little bit last week and he came right back and had a great week.
“It was great night for him. That shows the kind of competitor that he is and how much we count on him and why we went right back to him in the second half last week. I’m really proud of him.”
Browner said: “It was big. As a competitor, you never want to be pulled off the field because of the way you’re playing. I thought about that all week. I knew I had to bounce back and play the way I’m capable of playing. Pete sat down with me during the week and told me why he pulled me. He said, ‘I don’t think you understand our defense. What we’re trying to do.’
“Sometimes it takes a good talking to someone. He got his point across and I took it.”