From the Armchair: Arizona Cardinals, Game 1

9/10/13 in NFL   |   Kenne   |   15866 respect

Sep 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches a touchdown pass as St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan (31) attempts to defend during the second half at Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY SportsThe Cardinals showed some promise of improvement in their 2013 season opener in their former home town St. Louis versus their NFC West division rival Rams. This organization has acquired many changes to their roster and staff, most notably new head coach Bruce Arians, who was the recipient of last year’s prestigious Coach of the Year award. Arians did an impressive job making plays and getting his team ready for their season opener, but had noticeable issues, such as having all 3 timeouts remaining during the final minute of the game.

Another problem that contributed to the loss was 1st round rookie Guard Jonathan Cooper’s likely season ending injury, which creates an inevitable hole in the team’s offensive line. As a result, the Cardinals have to play former 1st round bust Levi Brown, who yielded 3 sacks to the same Rams’ defensive end. Kicker Jay Feely missed a vital 50 yard field goal that would’ve caused the score to be tied at the end. The Cardinals’ offensive unit did not make a single score during their final four possessions of the game and the defense wasn’t persistent enough in  stopping Bradford’s passing attack.

New quarterback Carson Palmer showed much improvement to the Cardinals passing game, by having 26 pass completions of 40 attempts for a total of 327 yards, and 2 touchdowns to Fitzgerald contrasted to 1 interception. The Cards also had a total of 390 yards, which is more than any game last season. Dan Williams, the teams’ nose tackle managed to intercept the ball from Bradford near the starting goal line and bring it back into the end zone, a very rare feat for a Nose Tackle to score a TD. Rookie Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu knocked the ball loose from the Rams’ tight end within 10 yards of the end zone.

Many of these issues were the cause of Arizona blowing a 13 point lead at halftime. The team will need to work on these problems and step up their offensive coordination and defensive concentration when facing the Lions in Glendale next week. With better playmaking, dealing with pressure, and developing team chemistry among the newer members on the roster, the Cardinals could become a division contender in a couple of seasons from now.
 
~ Kenneth Wyldes Jr – Phoenix, AZ
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9/10/13   |   Jess   |   34505 respect

(Beans made me ell oh ell)

These two teams are being overlooked, IMO. I'm skrred.

9/10/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17714 respect

Good stuff. I agree the Cardinals have improved, kinda. But that's OK, you always have the Diamondbacks, umm... the Coyotes, no... wait, the Suns... umm, at least it's a dry heat.

9/10/13   |   JenX63   |   32493 respect

Good job!

9/10/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61320 respect

Sharp Square wrote:

I still can't buy into Carson Palmer but he did play fairly well to start things off and as mentioned the Cards showed some improvement in quite a few area's. 

the game never ends , well done Kenne  yes

:/

9/10/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11936 respect


I still can't buy into Carson Palmer but he did play fairly well to start things off and as mentioned the Cards showed some improvement in quite a few area's. 

the game never ends , well done Kenne  yes

9/10/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61320 respect

Week 1*
Why did you sign your full name? We can see who posted it.
You slay me, WyldePHX....slay me. lol

Nice job!