Cardinals’ Zach Ertz ‘Might Own Seattle Now’, Says NFL Personality

Getty Images Zach Ertz signals to fans before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 21, 2021.

The Arizona Cardinals are the first NFL team to officially clinch a winning season in 2021, winning their ninth game of the season in Week 11.

Without Kyler Murray for a third straight game due to an ankle injury, backup quarterback Colt McCoy played a significant role against the Seattle Seahawks and was the complete opposite of his terrible 49.4 QB rating performance from a week prior.

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McCoy completed 80% of his passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns in the 23-13 win. The 35-year-old veteran has now won in Seattle in two-straight seasons and is the first QB in NFL history to accomplish such a feat, according to Cardinals PR.

After beating the Seahawks short-handed, coach Kliff Kingsbury is glad the bye week is upon the Cardinals now.

“I feel tired,” said Kingsbury. “I’m ready for Thanksgiving. Sleep on the couch a little bit. It’s coming at a good time for all of us. We got to get rejuvenated, recharged, healthy and to end it on this note and to have the good vibes moving into next week is great for everybody’s spirit and psyche.”

McCoy looked like his old self against the San Francisco. The Cardinals prove to be road warriors and are now 6-0 away from Glendale, Arizona. We mentioned McCoy’s resurgence, but one veteran’s abilities can’t be forgotten.

New Addition Breakout Commences

Maybe Kingsbury is a fan of Heavy on Cardinals.

Before Week 11, we told you tight end Zach Ertz was primed for a breakout against the Seattle Seahawks.

This is what we said on November 18:

No matter who is at QB, Kingsbury should have Ertz as a middle-of-the-field demon against the Seahawks. Ertz is given a favorable matchup in Week 11. Seattle has given up the fourth-most receptions (50) out of 20 teams who have nine games played. Ex-Cardinal Dan Arnold caught eight balls on 11 targets in a 31-7 Jaguars loss to the Seattle.

Ertz was acquired in October from the Philadelphia Eagles for rookie corner Tay Gowan and a fifth-round pick. The 31-year-old had his best game of the season, leading the team with eight receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

On the first offensive drive, Ertz caught a one-yard shovel pass for a touchdown on a 16 play drive.

Ertz then spiked the ball and flexed in front of the whole Seahawks crowd yelling “let’s go!”

“Boston Connor”, an NFL comedic personality who’s regularly on The Pat McAfee Show, reacted to Ertz’s celebration on the Seahawks turf, saying he “might own Seattle now.”

History would agree with Boston Connor’s assessment. Erz had three touchdowns in four games with the Eagles against the Seahawks in his career before November 21.

To make matters worse for Seattle, Ertz caught another touchdown. This time, it was on former Eagle corner Sidney Jones.

McCoy and Ertz obliterated the Seahawks’ defense. Twitter had its reactions to the dynamic duo.

While the stats look amazing for Ertz, it’s not everything for the Super Bowl-winning tight end.

“This isn’t about me,” said Ertz after the game. “This is a team sport. This is a team win. For us, that’s what it’s all about. The bye week is going to be big and getting back Kyler is going to be a lot of fun. Finding a win was  a big goal of ours and we did that today.”

Ertz also had friendly comradery banter during the game before Conner’s game-sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“It was a lot of fun,” Ertz said. “I told James, “Hey you better score because I might score the next one.” That’s what it’s about. This is a fun team and I’m really fortunate to be here.”

Ertz hadn’t eclipsed 50 yards in three straight games prior to his dominant performance in Week 11.

This is the pass-catcher that the Cardinals envisioned.

Other Playmakers Stepping Up

The Cardinals desperately needed spark plugs to their offense after losing 34-10 one week ago. Without DeAndre Hopkins, players like A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, James Conner and Rondale Moore had to step it up a notch.

Green had just one catch last week after being activated from the Reserve/COVID list. This time around, Green accumulated four receptions on 78 yards.

A catch on third-down looked like Green’s prime days in Cincinnati.

The targets kept stacking up for Moore, catching all 11 of them. Kingsbury kept getting Moore involved for short gains, including one where the rookie receiver literally fought for yards the average receiver wouldn’t get.

Conner scored his 13th total touchdown and it never gets old.

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