From the Armchair: Arizona Cardinals, Week 6
Carson Palmer threw for 25 completions of 41 attempts for 298 yards and was sacked for a safety in the end zone. He connected with Larry Fitzgerald, who was originally listed as doubtful for this game, on a 75 yard pass for a touchdown during the first half. Rookie running back Andre Ellington ran for a touchdown on a 15 yard play. Receiver Michael Floyd ran the ball into the end zone but pushed the defender out of his way, causing a flag to be thrown, which would result in no score on that drive. Floyd later would score a touchdown on a 10 yard play. The Cardinals failed to make a 2 point conversion.
While the Cardinals defense has shown much improvement over the past few weeks, there were many inconsistencies trying to maintain the 49ers offensive attack. While the Arizona defense limited the 49ers to 2 field goals throughout the first 25 minutes, the 49ers improved their offensive game and starting a series of scoring drives. San Fran tight end Vernon Davis managed to score 2 touchdowns in a career high game and Kaepernick threw 252 yards while Frank Gore ran over 100 yards with a YPC average of 4. Yeremiah Bell intercepted a pass by Kaepernick near the goal line, but the following drive would not last long. The 49ers managed 18+ drives in this game, which is the highest in any NFL game this season.Calais Campbell was injured with a leg injury in the final 5 minutes of the game and his return is not yet known at this time.
There are several areas of weakness to place blame on the Cardinals’ loss, including weak quarterback protection, poor decision making, and avoiding penalties. There are quite a few plays that should have been done differently to tie the score, including: Floyd not pushing the defender out of his way near the end zone, Palmer could’ve thrown the ball away instead of being sacked for a safety, and avoiding a 2 point conversion attempt. The Cards displayed some signs indicating they are working on improvement, including utilizing the rushing game more than passing; a problem they had been experiencing in previous matches. The Cardinals will host division rival Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, which only gives them a few days to rest and prepare in their attempt to maintain a winning record.