Glendale, Az- In a league where passing and scoring are becoming more relevant every game, the Arizona Cardinals won a defensive grind Sunday evening. The Seahawks came into Phoenix for the season opener, just a little over a week after the Cardinals named John Skelton their starting quarterback. Outside of Arizona, all of the spotlight on this game was towards Seattle’s dynamic rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and how the Seahawks could be a sleeper to make the playoffs. The Cardinal’s defense and their back-up quarterback decided to play spoiler to all of that, and they edged out Seattle in a very close one, 20-16.
It’s always good to see athletes redeem themselves after their ability is questioned, and Kevin Kolb got a great start on his road to redemption last night. Stepping in midway through the 4th quarter for an injured Skelton, Kolb ran Arizona’s offense efficiently and effectively capping off their winning drive with a 6 yard TD pass to Andre Roberts. It wasn’t long ago that a high draft pick by the name of Leinart whined and sulked after he wasn’t handed the starting job, and he’s now on his 2nd team as a backup. Kolb did the exact opposite, supported his team, and waited for his chance to step up. Nobody wants to see Skelton get hurt, but I couldn’t help but feel happy for Kolb and his success at his latest chance for some vindication. Skelton is currently having his ankle evaluated and Arizona is hoping it’s just a high ankle sprain, if it’s any worse Kolb may actually start next game. The Cardinal’s made it clear Skelton was still their guy, and he played just good enough to support that. (14/28 150 yds 0TD 1 INT)
Arizona’s defense looked like fans hoped it would, holding Seattle’s offense to just one touchdown and stopping Wilson’s potential game-winning drive on their own 4 yard line with with just seconds left. Daryl Washington more than solidified his big contract extension last night, racking up 10 tackles and 1 sack, while Paris Lenon added 8 tackles and 2 more sacks of his own. They didn’t make Russell Wilson look quite as bad as Brandon Weeden looked yesterday, but they still gave him a rough welcome to the NFL. It would’ve have been nice to see the Cardinal’s running game produce more, but as long as they can get Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams near 100% they should still have one of the better backfields in the league. LaRod Stephens-Howling was the only RB who ran for a score, which no one is complaining about, we love LaRod.
Wisenhunt has to be pleased with Andre Robert’s performance, he had 5 catches for 54 yd and 1 TD in big moments. The Cardinals are still looking for someone to cement himself as the #2 reciever, and multiple football news outlets have taken note of Robert’s hard work to improve over the offseason. I know the Cardinal’s still have high hopes for their 1st round pick, Michael Floyd, but if Roberts continues his playmaking and rout-running like he did last night, the Cardinals could have a nice set of skill players to help whoever starts at quarterback this year.
It doesn’t matter what the season’s forecast is by all of the analysts, starting out the season with a win at home is nothing but a great way to start the season off. With the division being wide open after the 49ers, the Cardinal’s have a shot to wrack up some wins under the radar this year, and if the offense can put up just enough points this defense will keep them in a lot of games. Hopefully The Cards can keep this winning attitude up despite all of those who picked them to be one the worst teams in the NFL, present company excluded of course. They’ll sure have the odds stacked against them in their next game though, they play the Patriots in New England on Sunday. Like the wise man Bart Scott once said, “CAN”T WAIT!”
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Written by Thomas Mitchell
Born & raised in Arizona, part of the MJ generation. Lifelong sports fanatic