Green Bay, WI- Well, glad that’s over.
Two games through one of the hardest three-game stretches in the league, and the Cardinals continue to show us the beginning of the year was a mirage. The last time the Arizona Cardinals went in to Lambeau and scored a victory the Cardinals weren’t even in Arizona yet, it was 1948. Yesterday showed we might have to wait another 65 years to see that happen.
Green Bay lost two starters in the first quarter and three by the end of the first half, all of them being huge contributors (Jordy Nelson, Ryan Bulaga, Clay Mathews). This still didn’t stop Arizona from being soundly beaten in pretty much every aspect of the game for the second straight week. No one was expecting a team with Aaron Rodgers to be dominated, he’s one of the best in the league, but Arizona underperformed.
Green Bay’s line has been suspect all year and the Cardinals only tallied one sack the whole day. Arizona even managed to hold A-Rodge under 50% passing and pick him off early in the game, which is pretty impressive no matter what, but they still gave up 4 TDs to him him and 31 points before it was over. Green Bay’s offense is notorious for it potency, but they were missing their top two WRs and their starting right tackle, yet Arizona failed to take advantage. This defense still deserves the confidence it’s earned from the early season, but it looks like this unit is starting to wear down a little bit.
Arizona’s offense averaged a league-worst 9 points per game in their four-game losing streak, so almost doubling their scoring average to 17 might be a way one of these annoying political ads would word it, but the non-partisian truth is the offense still looks very bad. They only converted about 25% of their 3rd downs (Green Bay converted 40% of theirs) and besides one fantastic catch & run TD effort by Larry Fitzgerald, John Skelton failed to move this offense once again.
In all fairness, Skelton looked much better than he did last Monday Night, but his atrocious line and bad hands by his receivers were visibly making him frustrated as the game went on. I feel for you Skelton, but other than Fitz, nobody on offense including the quarterback is in the position to call others out. Everyone on that side of the ball needs to do their job better.
The Cardinals lack of competitiveness with the upper-echelon of the NFC these past weeks has been disheartening to say the least. Some keep pointing to the return of Kevin Kolb as some hope for the rest of the season, but those people are just trying to hide from the truth: This is one of the second-tier teams in the league and until they can consistently put up 20+ points a game there will be very little tangible success in the valley.
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Written by Thomas Mitchell
Born & raised in Arizona, part of the MJ generation. Lifelong sports fanatic