Glendale, Az- At the season’s kickoff, the Arizona Cardinals faced off against the Seattle Seahawks with John Skelton and Russell Wilson each starting for his team. Thirteen weeks later those positions remain the same, only Arizona has completely gone through its cycle of quarterbacks, failing to find success out of its bullpen during an eight-game losing streak. Being forced to return Skelton after losing Kevin Kolb to injury and figuring out Ryan Lindley definitely isn’t ready yet, the Cardinals are limping into Seattle where the Seahawks are 5-0*. In a stadium where Tom Brady can’t win, what makes John Skelton’s chances better? Nothing, really.
Ken Whinsenhunt didn’t want to have to return to John Skelton, but he did because Lindley was awful and Whisenhunt knew he’d lose the team’s respect if Lindley played any longer. Whisenhunt made the right decision by turning back to Skelton, but the quarterback’s confidence can’t be any higher than it was before he was benched due to poor play, so don’t expect a lot of change in offensive production. On the bright side, after last week’s performance it can’t get much worse.
Although playing at a very high level throughout the season, Arizona’s defense is facing a little drama after last week. After allegedly spitting on safety Kerry Rhodes (allegations Rhodes denies), ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that defensive end Darnell Dockett was “fined a six-figure amount” by the Cardinals organization.
Rhodes and Dockett’s exchange was reportedly due to Dockett’s refusal to let the New York Jets score in last Sunday’s loss. The touchdown would have put the Jets ahead, 14-8, giving Arizona the ball with a chance to tie the game with more time left on the clock. If that is true, Dockett not only spat on a teamate (something that is disgusting and inexcusable), but also defied coaching orders. Both of those are indefensible acts that would give credence to such a large fine. Schefter is usually spot-on with his reports, but despite conflicting accounts from the media and Cardinal’s players, the defense appears ready to move on.
Seattle is extremely tough to beat at home, even for the better teams in the league such as New England and Green Bay. Arizona’s defense has continued to play hard and force turnovers despite receiving virtually no support from the offense and I don’t expect that to let up. However, Seattle’s defensive ends play on a higher level at home and every week of Arizona’s decline makes it harder to believe this offense can put up 17 points or more. The losing streak will grow to nine, and the Cardinals will lose in a spirited but unsightly effort, 24-10.
* The Seattle Seahawks are technically 5-0 at home but anybody who was watching football in week three knows the Green Bay Packers really won that game and Seahawks’ record should be4-1.
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Written by Thomas Mitchell
Born & raised in Arizona, part of the MJ generation. Lifelong sports fanatic