NFL: Marshawn Lynch stars in Seattle Seahawks' record win over Arizona Cardinals
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 10/12/12 11:19am
Seattle Seahawks set a team points record as they completed a 58-0 demolition job on hapless NFC West rivals Arizona Cardinals.
After a 4-0 start to the season, Arizona have now dropped nine straight games as clouds continue to gather over coach Ken Whisenhunt's future with the Cards.
Running back Marshawn Lynch was in true 'Beast Mode' for the Seahawks, as he ran in three touchdowns to condemn the Cardinals to the biggest margin of defeat in their 92-year history.
The win was also Seattle's biggest shut-out victory in their own history as they won their first home game in a month in style to move to 8-5 and stay well in the NFC wild-card race and even still on the tails of San Francisco in the divisional race.
In another lifeless performance from Arizona, they committed eight turnovers with four from quarterback John Skelton who again struggled, whilst only mustering 10 first downs and 154 total yards.
Seattle also forced four fumbles, with Malcolm Smith grabbing the pick of those as he gathered the ball in the end zone after Patrick Peterson had muffed a punt to perfectly sum up Arizona's ineptitude.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson played only a bit part in the victory, throwing just one touchdown to tight end Zach Miller and one interception before he was given a rest to enable Matt Flynn to see his first action of the season.
"It was great to be able to come out of the game because we blew them out so bad," said Wilson, who is the first rookie quarterback to win his first six home games since 1970. "The game was a crazy game throughout."
Lynch was the star though, with 128 yards from just 11 carries and touchdown runs of four, 20 and 33 yards before he was replaced by his back-up Robert Turbin who also reached three figures with 108 yards from his increased workload of 20 carries.
Leon Washington rounded things off with a fourth rushing touchdown as he scampered in from three yards out in the only score of the fourth quarter as the Seahawks cantered to an impressive victory - and finally their first against NFC West opponents this season.
Seattle's seventh touchdown came on the defence as Richard Sherman picked off Skelton early in the second quarter and returned in 19 yards as Pete Carroll enjoyed a more relaxing day in the office after an overtime thriller last week.
"This was really a different game. This is so much different than everything we've played," Carroll said. "It's a nice reward. Sometimes you get a chance to win big like that and we haven't had many since we've been here."