SEATTLE - The sequence was a microcosm of the Cardinals’ 21-10 loss to the Seahawks Sunday: trailing 14-0 at the Seahawks’ 26-yard line with 21 seconds left in the first half and no timeouts, quarterback Kurt Warner had a shotgun snap go through his hands.
The resulting 10-yard sack not only made a field-goal attempt harder, but with the clock running, the Cards had to make a decision. Line up and spike the ball or rush kicker Neil Rackers on the field for the 53-yard attempt?
Coach Dennis Green chose the latter, an emergency call named “bingo.”
“It didn’t look to me like we could get those receivers back,” Green said, noting that the Cards had called for a deep pass and they were too far down the field to return in time. “We went to ‘bingo.’ Maybe we could have gotten back and spiked it. I didn’t think so.”
As the clock ticked down, Rackers’ kick was wide left.
DOCKETT BLOWS UP
Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, whose highlight from the first game of the season was an unnecessary roughness penalty hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, emerged with arguably the best game of his career Sunday.
Dockett was a menace to the Seattle offense, sacking quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on the game’s first play and finishing with 12 tackles.
“It don’t matter — we still lost,” Dockett said. “It don’t matter what I have done, we still lost as a team, and to be honest, right now that’s more important than stats. I want to (expletive) win.”
In what was a quick tumble down the depth chart, cornerback David Macklin not only lost his starting role to Eric Green, but Dennis Green made him inactive Sunday, using Matt Ware and Robert Tate as the backup corners to Eric Green and Antrel Rolle.
But then Eric Green pulled a groin muscle in the second half. Ware came in in his place, since the Cards prefer to use Tate only as a nickel cornerback. Eric Green said he only expected to miss a week, although Dennis Green called the injury “pretty serious.”
Asked if Macklin would return to the field if Eric Green is out, Dennis Green would only say “We’ll see.”
SCHEME IT UP
The Cardinals held back some of their defensive schemes in Week 1 so they could surprise the Seahawks, and it worked. They opened the game with safety Adrian Wilson on the line of scrimmage in a nickel defensive package.
“We knew Arizona was going to show some crazy looks at you you’ve never seen and you have to weather the storm,” Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “It almost feels like I am wasting my time preparing for these guys.”
Wilson, who declined to talk after the game, had two sacks and an interception.
DARLING DOWN, DANSBY IN
In what could be a bad blow to the defense, linebacker James Darling hurt his right calf on the opening kickoff and there is a possibility it could be a season-ending injury. He will undergo an MRI today. On the flip side, fellow linebacker Karlos Dansby got a significant amount of playing time in his first game of the season.
Rackers, who also missed a 51-yard field goal when it came up short and clanked off the crossbar, has already equaled the number of field-goal misses he had in all of 2005, when he made an NFL-record 40 field goals. . . .
With 22 penalties in two games, the Cardinals are well ahead of their pace last season when they were second in the NFL with 145 penalties.