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Carlos Dunlap speaks out after game-clinching sack on Cardinals’ Kyler Murray

Carlos Dunlap Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks latest high-profile addition to the defense, Carlos Dunlap, continues to make a tangible impact with his new team.

In his third game since being acquired by Seattle following 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dunlap helped ice the Seahawks’ 28-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football with a fourth-down sack on QB Kyler Murray in the final minute.

It was Dunlap’s second sack of the game. He has 3.5 since the trade, after recording just one with Cincinnati before the trade. Seattle has 13 sacks since adding the veteran pass rusher, and has clearly benefited from his presence.

“They brought me here to do one job, and I was happy I was able to get it done,” Dunlap said afterwards, via the Seattle Times.

Seattle had nine sacks through the first seven games before Dunlap showed up.

In general, the Seahawks defense had one of its best performances of the season on Thursday, holding the Cardinals to 314 total yards — more than 100 less than they averaged entering the game (425.4).

Seattle sacked Murray three times and hit him seven times. In the first matchup between the division rivals this season — sans Dunlap — the Seahawks never touched Murray.

Additionally, Pete Carroll’s defense held Arizona’s backfield combination of Kenyan Drake, Chase Edmonds, and Murray to 57 rushing yards on 18 carries.

Led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson,  Seattle has fielded one of the most explosive offenses in football all season, but the defense has been amongst the most picked apart. If Dunlap and the D continues to play like they did on Thursday, the rest of the NFC better watch out.