From the Armchair: Arizona Cardinals, Week 13

12/3/13 in NFL   |   Kenne   |   15703 respect

Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) stiff arms Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (58) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY SportsThe Cardinals visited Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in a competition for a wildcard berth. The Cards managed to stay close throughout the entire game, but couldn’t outperform the Eagles on several blown opportunities. The Cardinals came into this game on a 4 game winning streak, including last week’s slaughter against the Colts, and failed to make the 5th win. This is the 8th time this has happened in over 30 years.

Offense
Palmer threw for over 300 yards with 3 touchdown passes, but also had 2 interceptions and a lost fumble. Palmer and the offensive unit had a chance to take the lead with only 2 minutes left, but Palmer could not complete a critical pass to Michael Floyd on 4th down. Palmer was also sacked 5 times. Fitzgerald and Floyd each had a touchdown and 5 receptions, with Floyd being one yard shy of a 100 yard game. Andre Ellington was out of the game due to an injury, causing a major hole in Arizona’s rushing game.

Defense
Former Arizona Wildcat Nick Foles managed 21 completions of 34 attempts along with 3 touchdowns and no counted interceptions against Arizona’s number 8th ranked defense. All 3 of Philly’s touchdowns were by tight ends, including 2 by Zach Ertz. Philadelphia also had a critical field goal that gave them the win, which ties them with Dallas for the NFC East division.

Conclusion
After this loss, which was a much needed win to remain in the playoff hunt, the Cardinals will have to work on their defensive plays while avoiding penalty calls and Palmer is still showing weakness when under pressure and the offensive line needs to strengthen their blocking and protection. The Cards will return home to Arizona next week to take on their division rival: the St. Louis Rams.
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12/5/13   |   kobe_lova   |   59485 respect

Oh, y'all lost?