The Arizona Cardinals are 1-2 this season after falling 13-10 to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. The team could very easily be 3-0 at this point except for some glaring errors on both sides of the ball. If they don’t make changes soon, the Cardinals could follow the disasterous path it took last season – something NO ONE is anxious to see repeated.
Last week, it was the Cardinals defense that allowed the Redskins to drive down the field and grab a win the Cardinals easily could have secured. Sunday, the Cardinals offense all but disappeared in the second half and Seattle came away with a sloppy 13-10 win for their first victory of the season.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said after the game – “This is two weeks in a row we’ve had the ball in our hands at the end of the game with a chance to do something with it. We haven’t been successful either time. We had our chances (Sunday) to do some things that would have allowed us to win this game, and we weren’t able to execute.”
The Cardinals have promised to make changes, but as the team moves into the heart of its schedule, the opponents get tougher and the margin for error much smaller. Some things we LIKED and DIDN’T LIKE about yesterday’s game include:
Calais Campbell had two and a half sacks against the Seahawks. Not only was it a career high, but it also helped the Cardinals control Seattle QB Tavarius Jackson through the first half, limiting them to just two field goals
Larry Fitzgerald scored his third TD of the season on a acrobatic leaping grab mid-way through the second quarter. With that catch, Fitzgerald set the team’s career touchdown reception record with 67.
Running back Alphonso Smith did well in place of injured Beanie Wells. Smith finished with 54 yards on 17 carries and added three catches for 21 yards.
We DIDN’T Like:
Seeing Cardinals kicker Jay Feely equal his entire miss total of last season (3) in just the third game of 2011. Feely missed two long field goals against the Seahawks that could have made a difference in the game’s outcome.
Watching quarteback Kevin Kolb struggle. The Cardinals QB looked a bit rattled on several occassions and made some bad decisions that resulted in two costly turnovers.
The Cardinals POOR performance on third down: Arizona only converted three of 14 third down opportunities in the game.
The lack of ANY second half offense by Arizona. After the Cardinals took a 10-3 lead with 10:35 left in the second quarter, the team got no closer to the Seattle end zone than the Seahawks 29-yard line the rest of the game.
For the third week in a row, the Cardinals made a “mediocre” opposing quarterback look good. Week 1 it was Cam Newton (who came back to earth Sunday), Week 2 was Rex Grossman’s turn and Sunday, Tavarius Jackson led his team to a win over Arizona.
The Cardinals have six days to make some fixes. The New York Giants come to town, fresh from their big victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. A loud home crowd, some serious changes on both sides of the ball and the Cardinals could be competitive in this game.