From the Armchair: Arizona Cardinals, Game 1
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