From the Armchair: Arizona Cardinals, Week 7
Carson Palmer’s performance met up to his usual expectation with 2/3 of his passes being completed for 258 yards, including a touchdown, but with that came 2 picks, including one that was almost a pick-6 had the Seahawks defensive back not tripped on his own 2 feet shy of the end zone. Mendenhall didn’t have much of a game with only 1.7 YPC, but did manage to find his way into the end zone. Often unused receiver Jaron Brown also recorded a touchdown, which is a rare statistic for him and was the only wide receiver to do so in the game.
Arizona’s defense, while seemingly motivated, lacked effectiveness in their performance against a killer Seahawk scoring unit. The defense failed to prevent Lynch on several runs, including a touchdown and another would-be score had it not been for a penalty on Seattle’s offense. Russell Wilson put up a better completion ratio in contrast to Palmer with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions to boot, but did manage to get sacked a few times, including 2 by 4 time pro-bowler John Abraham.
While this was a tough loss that gave the division rival Seahawks their highest mid-season record of 6-1 in their 3½ decade existence, the Cards managed to play better than many analysts had projected. This division game marks the 7th straight division loss for the Cardinals, adding to the speculation that there won’t be a chance to qualify for the playoffs, even while battling just under .500 midway through the season. This team has several areas that continually need to be addressed each week, but there’s still the fact that they are missing major parts of their system due to injuries and lack of commitment and determination by a glued together scheme. Next week the Cardinals will host the injury-riddled Atlanta Falcons in Arizona’s Valley.