GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Now that was the Chris Carson the Seattle Seahawks have been expecting to see all season. Carson showed that Pete Carroll’s faith in him was well placed, running all over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4 with 104 yards on 22 carries.
“It’s more about that style,” Carroll was keen to note following Seattle’s 27-10 win on Sunday. “It’s more about what he brings to us. I was really fired up for him.”
Carson broke several tackles on Sunday and consistently gained more yards than what was blocked for him. His 12-yard run in the fourth quarter on Seattle’s final drive summed up his day perfectly. Carson took a toss to the left and steamrolled a Cardinals defensive back before being taken down at Arizona’s 10-yard line. The run was part of a 15-play touchdown drive that chewed up 8:08 and iced the game for Seattle.
“I’m known as a power back,” Carson said. “It’s always good to challenge someone else and come out on top.”
Carson’s emphatic truck stick came at the expense of third-year corner Kevin Peterson, a fellow Oklahoma State Cowboy.
“That was my homeboy,” Carson said somewhat regretfully. “I played at Oklahoma State with him.”
Carson said he had no idea it was his friend in the moment. The two chatted postgame, and Peterson informed Carson that he was on the losing end of that collision.
Simply put, Carson was locked in, running without regard for whatever or whomever was in his way.
“You like to get in a rhythm,” Carson said. “You feel like things are going a lot slower than usual. In those situations, of course I want the ball in my hands.”
Thankfully for Carson and the Seahawks, the conversation can now move past the running back’s early-season fumbling woes. Carson’s three fumbles were well documented, but he avoided putting the ball on the deck against Arizona.
“I think everyone knows the kind of back I am. There were a few weeks where I wasn’t myself, but at the same time, it’s football. You’ve got to move on with it. It was good to get back on track.”
Carroll said it was “freaky things” that contributed to Carson’s turnovers and that he knew a performance like this was coming.
“He’s a stud of a player,” Carroll said. “He’s a great competitor. He’s got style and toughness and all that. I would like to think he’s emblematic of the way we want to play. He just came through and did what he’s capable of doing.”
Carson now has seven career 100-yard games, and his 41 receiving yards were a career high.
Carson benefitted from Rashaad Penny missing his second straight game with a hamstring injury. Seattle expects Penny to return in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams, but that’s somewhat of a moot point now that Carson has reestablished himself as a bell cow-caliber back for the Seahawks.
He will continue to be the engine that powers Seattle’s physical, run-first identity on offense.