Tyrann Mathieu critical of Cards offense, special teams after tie

ByJosh Weinfuss via ESPN logo
Monday, October 24, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Safety Tyrann Mathieu's frustration with the Arizona Cardinals' defense carrying the rest of the team in Sunday night's 6-6 tie with the Seattle Seahawks was evident after the game.

"It's a team sport," Mathieu said. "When the defense is playing well, the offense has to complement us, special teams has to complement everybody, [and] vice versa."

The Cardinals held the Seahawks to their fewest total yards and rushing yards in a game this season with a swarming attack of quarterback Russell Wilson. Even though Arizona had just one sack, it hit Wilson five times.

Arizona forced Seattle to punt on its first nine drives.

It limited Wilson to just one run, for minus-2 yards. It happened on the game's third play. The Seahawks didn't break 100 yards until 10:13 was left in the game. Wilson threw for 60 yards through three quarters, and Seattle ran for 29 yards through three quarters.

The Cardinals' offense failed to score a touchdown despite having eight drives that ended in Seattle territory, including six inside the 30.

Arizona's special teams had three costly mishaps -- a blocked field goal, a blocked punt and a missed game-winning field goal in overtime.

"It's upsetting," Mathieu said. "It's a team sport. We all got to get held accountable. We got to better on special teams. Offensively, we got to score points and defensively we got to create turnovers."

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