GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Russell Wilson hit Sidney Rice on a 31-yard touchdown pass, helping the Seattle Seahawks take a 7-0 lead over the Arizona Cardinals after the first quarter Thursday night
Seattle dominated Arizona in the teams' last meeting in 2012 and picked up where it left off, marching quickly down the field on its opening drive. Wilson capped it by rolling right, throwing off his back foot and floating a pass to Rice, who was open after Cardinals defensive backs Rashad Johnson and Yeremiah Bell failed to pick him up.
It was the first touchdown allowed by Arizona's defense in the first quarter at home since Detroit's Calvin Johnson scored in Week 2.
Seattle has won 11 straight games at home, but its games have been a little tougher on the road.
The Seahawks' lone loss was at Indianapolis and the other two were close, by five at Carolina and by a field goal in overtime at Houston.
Seattle came into Thursday night's game with seven losses in nine games at University of Phoenix Stadium, including 20-16 in Wilson's debut on Sept. 9, 2012. The Seahawks became a much better team after that under their elusive-and-undersized quarterback, winning their final five games in 2012, including a 58-0 stomping of the Cardinals that helped facilitate the firing of Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Seattle went on to reach the playoffs and has been one of the NFL's best teams this season, winning four of its first five games.
The Seahawks had no trouble moving against Arizona's defense on their opening drive, starting with Wilson's 11-yard run on Seattle's first play from scrimmage. Seattle picked up more yards in big chunks, moving 83 yards in five plays for Wilson's touchdown pass to Rice.
Arizona picked up some nice wins in its first season under new coach Bruce Arians, reaching 3-2 with a solid win over Carolina at home on Oct. 6 before losing a mistake-filled, 23-20 game at San Francisco last week.
The Cardinals' defense, as it has most of the season, was solid against the defending Super Bowl champions, but the offense had four turnovers, including two fumbles in crucial situations.
Quarterback Carson Palmer also had two interceptions in the game and has nine the past four games.
He figured to extra excited for this game, going against his old college coach, Pete Carroll. Palmer won the Heisman Trophy playing for Carroll at USC and had not faced him since he became an NFL coach.
Palmer helped the Cardinals convert a couple of third downs on their opening drive, but was dropped for a 14-yard loss on a sack by Tony McDaniel.
On Arizona's next possession, Palmer had his 12th interception of the season when Brandon Browner broke up a pass intended for Larry Fitzgerald and Earl Thomas gathered the deflection before rolling out of bounds.