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PRO FOOTBALL / WEEK 2 | SEATTLE 33, ARIZONA 14

A Lot to Like About Seahawks

September 14, 1998|From Associated Press

Seattle Seahawk fans have fallen in love with Ricky Watters. They also love the Seahawk defense.

Willie Williams and Shawn Springs returned interceptions for touchdowns and Watters had his first 100-yard rushing game for the Seahawks in a 33-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

In opening a season 2-0 for the first time since 1994, the Seahawks have outscored their first two opponents 71-14.

"I should be sitting down resting when the offense is off the field, but I'm not," Watters said. "I don't want to miss what our defense is doing. They're impressive to watch."

Watters, the former Philadelphia Eagle running back who was lured to Seattle by owner Paul Allen's money, didn't score a touchdown, but he excited a noisy Kingdome crowd with 105 yards in 22 carries--his 22nd career 100-yard rushing game.

Williams and Springs were just part of an impressive defensive effort that included seven sacks second-year Cardinal quarterback Jake Plummer, giving Seattle 16 sacks in two games.

"Our defense this year reminds me of my old days with Pittsburgh," said Williams, who played for the Steelers from 1993-96.

Seattle quarterback Warren Moon was 14 for 23 for 146 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Plummer was 22 for 36 for 204 yards and one touchdown and three interceptions.

Arizona (0-2) lost for the first time in six games against the Seahawks.

Arizona averted a shutout on Adrian Murrell's four-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make the score 20-7.

It was 20-0 at halftime after Todd Peterson kicked a short field goal as time ran out.

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