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After the first loss, Rams aftermath

Posted by Darren Urban on October 4, 2015 – 7:25 pm

Now that it’s over, Sunday’s loss for the Cardinals reminded me so much – just from the feeling you’re left with – like a similar loss at University of Phoenix Stadium a few years back. It was the season opener, the Cardinals were coming off a Super Bowl appearance, and they were better than the 49ers team that came into the building that day. But the Cardinals played poorly, they lost 16-10, and it felt like a giant opportunity missed, especially in the division.

Of course, the Cardinals then won 10 their next 14 (even though they lost their next home game too, to Peyton and the Colts) and won the division.

There are differences now, of course. The Seahawks loom as a stout division champion, and there was nothing like that back in 2009 the Cardinals had to fend off. The Rams are going to be a tough out too, because they have a defense that is good. Very good.

But it’s not like the Cardinals drove off the road, or were exposed Sunday. They moved the ball a lot. They just didn’t score touchdowns, which I think, given the first three weeks, is not going to be a long-term problem. They can’t turn the ball over, but that too is something that I don’t think will be a lingering problem.

We’ll see what comes next. It’s an interesting little stretch for the Cards now. A game in Detroit, a week in West Virginia and then a game in Pittsburgh. Then comes the Monday night home game against the Ravens. The Cardinals get the Lions on a short week, because Detroit plays in Seattle tomorrow night. Sunday was not the result Bruce Arians wanted, but it’s what they earned, and you go play the next one.

— Carson Palmer took his share of hits. He was sacked four times, after being sacked only once the first three games. But as for the physical abuse, Palmer shrugged it off.

“It’s an NFC West game,” Palmer said. “That’s the nature of it. It’s a physical game. They are a very physical team, a physical defense. I feel fine, other than obviously what happened.”

— Palmer wasn’t the only one taking some hits. Other than a couple of hard hits during play, wide receiver John Brown was basically bodyslammed on his final catch near the sideline by cornerback Tremaine Johnson. No flag was thrown, although the Cardinals sideline was upset there was not a penalty.

“I as kind of surprised, but that’s part of the game,” Brown said later. “The referees don’t call everything so you just play, do what you’ve got to do.”

— Rams coach Jeff Fisher, on whether his team’s physical play bothered the Cardinals: “We’re going to play hard. I think we can play better, but we’re going to play hard. There was some contact out there, there’s no doubt.”

— It was surprising that the Benny Cunningham fumble-that-wasn’t was blown dead as fast as it was. Watching the replay, it’s hard to believe that from the time Cunningham was first hit to the time the ball popped loose the whistle could sound. Because it was ruled that forward progress had stopped, the play was not reviewable.

— All that said, I didn’t think the officials had a huge factor in this game. That was the turnovers and the red-zone play. To not get a touchdown after first-and-goal from the 1-yard line was a killer. To not ever take the lead at any point was too hard to overcome. It was probably fitting that last drive fizzled out, although it did look like driving for a field goal to win was going to happen – if the Cardinals did anything well Sunday, it was drive into field goal range.

— I thought Calais Campbell played his best game of the year, and he filled up the stat sheet (11 tackles, three tackles for loss, half a QB sack).

— This time, it was the Rams who suffered a crucial injury. Linebacker Alec Ogletree had a team-best 10 tackles and he went out in the third quarter with an ankle injury that needs surgery. It was friendly fire too – a teammate rolled up on his leg during a play. Ogletree is a big part of that deep defense.

— That was only the second time the Cardinals have run for 100 yards in a game under Arians and they have lost. The Cards are now 14-2 in those games.

— Chris Johnson looked good running the ball again. He had 83 yards on 16 carries, 5.2 yards a tote. As for those asking why he wasn’t in the game at the end, David Johnson was in the offensive nickel package (which is what the Cards were in down the stretch) so he was on the field. David Johnson is also the better overall receiver at this point.

— Six of the next eight are on the road. Lots of airplanes in the near-future.

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40 Responses to “After the first loss, Rams aftermath”

  1. By bobby62914 on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Cardinals were outplayed in every aspect and were close enough to win the game at the end. No loss is good, especially not one within the division, but this one doesn’t hurt as much as it could.

  2. By Steve on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Sorry Bruce, I’m a big fan of yours but this loss in my humble opinion falls squarely on your shoulders. Yes the turnovers hurt us as well as some drops but Arians pass heavy play calling with Palmer throwing almost 50 times and getting away from the running game despite our backs averaging over 5 yards a tote hurt the team particularly in our last drive. I think the Rams D was getting gassed when we got it down there close to field goal range and we had plenty of time to move it another 10 yards or so for Cat, probably could have gone to our ground game at that point to pick up yards and run down the clock. A more balanced offense would have helped.

  3. By jaime on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Beaten at home by the Rams, enough said. A sad showing today. Wake up call. Something went wrong with Palmer today, he did not look like himself.

  4. By georgiebird on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    One way to look at the game is to put the blame on SK. I say this knowing that the Rams had a much better draft position than the Cards. But the Rams #1 draft choice was a star of the game- the Cards’ #1 draft choice did not even dress. A disparity like this is hard to overcome.

  5. By Chuck 1 on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    The Cards and some fans were a little too confident: For examples, see below. Let’s not hoist the Lombardi Trophy just yet.

    =======================================
    Confidently, Friday before the Rams
    Posted by Darren Urban on October 2, 2015 – 4:23 pm

    Carson Palmer was asked why the Cardinals are so confident right now.
    “We are confident because we are good,” the quarterback said. “And we know it.”
    ————————————————————————————

    By Scott H on Oct 2, 2015 | Reply
    …These are OUR Arizona Cardinals and they are the greatest football team on the planet right now!

    The Cardinals will win this game because they are good. And they know it!
    ———————————————————————-
    By Nick Pepe on Oct 2, 2015 | Reply

    This is as good as its been. But not as good as its gonna get.
    ———————————————————————
    By Danpants78 on Oct 2, 2015 | Reply

    This is the best Cardinals team there ever has been
    Even better than the team that went to the Superbowl.
    ———————————————————————
    Let’s credit one fan who got it correct:

    By JohnnyBluenose on Oct 3, 2015 | Reply
    @Scott H…..I read your posts and I know how passionate you are about the Cardinals. I am too and I look forward to every game and I am very hopeful that we will do very well this year. But there is a lot of football still to be played and we have not faced any good teams yet. Their combined records are 1-8. Maybe the Cardinals are the best team in the league but they have yet to prove it. The real measuring sticks are still to come. But we are good, very good. Everyone knows it.
    =======================================

    Do I want the Cards to win the Super Bowl? Of course. But, let’s realize that there are some other very good teams out there and the Cards can NOT fail in the Red Zone and turn the ball over.

  6. By shane on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    this is the kinda game that i knew would happen sometime this season… just a game that the ball didn’t bounce the cards way.. & didn’t execute the way they needed when it counted & in the redzone.. but i think its also a game that you just have to move on from & keep winning.. plus the rams play the packers next week so i can see them being 2-3 while the cards are 4-1.. so hopefully the cards can go handle there business next week in Detroit.. all we know now is that the cards wont be 16-0 this year.

  7. By georgiebird on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Darren,
    This was a very good game- hard fought and the right team won. The Cards’ come away from this game with a lot of good feedback besides the turnover talk::
    1) Cut out the bragging
    2) the offense has to learn to play against faster defenses
    But to summarize the game, Foles made some great passes today in clutch situations.

  8. By Coach K on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    This loss is on Bruce Arians and his terrible third down play calling.
    CJ was ripping off large runs and three times in third and short yardage, we pass the ball. Two times in the red zone.
    Terrible, Terrible, Terrible play calling on third down.
    Bruce, you must run the ball on short yardage when you offensive is having success running the ball (for crying out loud).

  9. By Red Dead Redemption on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    The Cardinals were playing The St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Refs today. But if we score even two touchdowns in the red zone it wouldn’t have mattered.
    We beat ourselves and had an off game. We still could have won despite the Rams best effort and giving them turn overs.

    They in no way should be cocky. This will work like smelling salts for the Cardinals going forward the rest of the season. That being said, Wadford should replace Massie, Bulter should be cut in favor of a college free agent and Powers had a big stinker of a game. Cooper had some Levi Brown “elite” moments too I hope they consider sitting him.

  10. By JohnnyBluenose on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    “Cardinals’ Loss To Rams Not Complex”. Maybe not. But It Is Perplexing.

  11. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    26 first downs to 12. 115 more yards. We forced 7 punts to our 1.

    We beat the Rams in everything but the final score, and that’s because of the turnovers. And we still probably win this game if we get the turnover that occurred on what was the quickest “forward progress” call I’ve ever seen in my entire life of watching the NFL.

    Disappointed in our 3rd and 2/4th and 2 calls at the end, but I’m not the coach. I understand chunk plays, but man, we’ve got to have a play that can get 2 yards.

    I don’t feel any worse about the team; we outplayed the Rams and just turned the ball over. We weren’t going to blow everyone out. But, this team doesn’t really have a huge margin for error — not with 6 of 8 on the road. Keeping that 2-game lead on the division would’ve been nice.

  12. By Canadian Redbird on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    The game could have gone either way. St. Louis had the football gods on their side today with respect to a couple of head scratching Ram fumbles that were ruled null and void. Bottom line is that the Rams are a good football team and will beat a bunch of teams this year. Our defence measured up quite nicely in comparison to the Rams defence and were equally physical. I really think the Cards need to pursue some options at punter; the Rams most noticeably had a superior kicker that could have a significant impact on field position. Nice bounce back game for Floyd.

  13. By cards62 on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Can not be happy with a loss of course and we all know why we lost the game,We gave this one away. We have a very good team and I still like our chances this year. I know our o line was not perfect, but I am pleased so far with the way they have played this year and think they will play even better this year. My friends I am more worried about our defensive line than our o line now. We have to find a way to stop the run. Even our dominating performance against the 49ers Carlos Hyde was able to run on us and Cap had a couple of nice runs and now Gurley gashes us. Did you guys see those running lanes Gurley gashed us, but it could have been any back. Rams offense was not playing well either, but the Rams are a strange team and normally play everyone in our division tough.

    Well it is on to the Lions and I know BA will be on our guys this week. Primarily will be watching our run defense verses the Lions and hope to see a lot of improvement. Lions play Seahawks Monday night so we all get a chance to scout them before our Cardinals face them on Sunday.

    Looking forward to reading everyone’s comments on the game.

    Go Cards beat the Lions

  14. By don on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    any 1 of a dozen mistakes cost us this loss .. i’m blaming D-Wash😛

  15. By Marcelof on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    I bet most will have their word about just that…
    Rams territory 2nd and 2….3rd and 2….. 4th and 2 CJ getting a 5,2 yard per carry and you try to pass the ball on all those attempts? that’s a big NOPE that could have overturned the end.

    I said it before, being gutsy not alway pays off.

    2 yards…. despite all of the mistakes and refs questionable calls, we were 2 yards away from another W.

    No panic, but Detroit game will have a special factor to be gotten over: pressure, cause Seattle is coming and so is St Louis.

  16. By faster on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    strange, i had a bad feeling all the week. but, as i said, if they are 6-2 after the by and everybody is healthy, i would be happy.

    and, team, please give johnson d. new stickier gloves. a fumble at the first play is no fun.

  17. By Pepper on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    I don’t know about you guys, but i wasn’t so excited about a game since Warners superbowl. I was at the edge of my seat until the last 4th down. What an effin great entertainment. Win or loose, it was an amazing high energy battle and the game could have gone either way until the very end.

    The W against the bears is great an all, but damn i almost fell a sleep once Cutler went down. 49’s were even worse. And maybe cardinals can finally stop hinting super bowl and actually just go 1 week at the time. Because when the OL is not bending over on all 4th, its a god damn good team

  18. By NJAzCardsFan on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Turnovers killed the Cards chances, besides the bad call on the Rams fumble, the refs failed to call numerous out of bound hits for penalties.
    The call on the last 4/2 call by BA was questionable. CJ should have run it.
    An ugly game the Cards let get away……..

  19. By Marlin on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Darren,
    With all due respect, people are not asking why CJ wasn’t in at the end of the game as a technical/scheme question. They are…”saying”…that he should have been in. No question about it, Arians blew the play calling at the end of the game. In a 4 down situation, on 3rd and 2…..you run it twice to get the 1st down. Especially considering the fact that we were running the ball well, and one of their best run tacklers was out of the game for injury. They needed to take time off the clock anyway before the field goal attempt. That’s NOT 20/20 vision after the fact. There were scads of us in the stands saying it before the fact….shocked as Carson went into the shotgun. We all know that the game was lost in many other ways during the 60 minutes. But that does not offset criticism of Arians’ play calling in the final drive. He was wrong.

  20. By Cardinal's Chick on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    We were 3-0 because we beat 3 really bad teams. I knew better than to sleep on the Rams. They have a very good defense. Unfortunately ours just couldn’t seem to stop their run game. That coupled with the fact we made some really bad mistakes…smh. I don’t understand why CJohnson kept running the ball wide instead of up the middle???? DJohnson needs to carry the ball with him all week long…learn how to keep it in his hands! The football nap was completely disrespectful…why wasn’t a flag thrown for?? smh again…oh well….time to move on to Detroit.

  21. By clssylssy on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Wow…that was sickening…but, not entirely unexpected. Being a longtime Cards fan this is the thing you come to expect and it takes a VERY long time not to be a skeptic, especially when your team is beginning to walk around puffed up and boasting about how good they are. The Cards have historically done best when under the radar but it seems the Rams have taken a page out of our own playbook (more than one at that). I remember one season we started out 4-0, beat the Patriots at Foxboro, THEN the bottom fell out and we were hit with injuries and, I believe, that was Whiz’s last season before the makeover.
    We were bad…across the board…everybody, including the playcallers. If that was a litmus test then we got a reality slap in the face and have a lot of work to do. I was really missing the genius of Todd Bowles and felt like Coach Bettcher was seriously out of his league going up against Greg Williams. They talk about player matchups but there is also such a thing as coaching matchups and while Bettcher may be promising, he lacks experience and got his “baptism by fire”
    unfortunately at the hands of an arch villain. I do have to hand it to the Rams, they do play old time, physical, slobber knocker football and it would appear we need to go back to learning technique for holding on to the ball, tackling, sacking and hitting hard…things the SB teams all do extremely well. Watching Palmer continuing to throw to Brown who was being double teamed and is the size of a 7th grader was making me crazy,especially when Fitz was wide open in the end zone…Arians or Palmer? At least we had Chris Johnson, Patrick Peterson and the Cat man to keep this from being uglier than it was.
    Nonetheless, I remember Pete Carroll’s comment when we beat them in Seattle saying that perhaps the team needed a loss to get better and go on to win (which they did) so, if this can be a growth tool then there may be a silver lining. Just have to go on and learn from our loss and get back to taking it one win at a time!

  22. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    At the end of the day, we beat ourselves. 3-0 turnovers and we were still just a first down or two away from a GW field goal. Take solace in the fact that we are a good team, and the Rams didn’t beat us as much as we gave the game away.

    Something Keim said on the radio this morning — we want to be an organization that doesn’t tolerate losing. And I have to say it’s a lot better to be a fan who comes on a message board and fans are questioning the play-calling at the end, or the strange forward progress call, etc., because they’re saying, “Man, that hurts… we could’ve won that game.” The alternative is being a 5-11 team and knowing you were outmatched in every way, didn’t have a chance, and there are so many problems that you become immune to them.

    So, losing sucks, but losing with a good team sure beats losing with a bad team.

  23. By jaime on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Players lost this game but I’m here to tell you the Officiating was horrible. Those refs blew a lot of calls. 2 turnovers missed and no chance of challenges? Smoke was getting hit out of bounds every time. Refs had it out for us today.

  24. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    I can’t find anything more recent, but found an article discussing turnover ratio and winning percentage that covered games from 2008 to 2012.

    In that 5-year period, teams with a +1 turnover margin were 323-149-1. With a +2 margin, it was 243-54. With a +3 or more margin, it was 244-17-1. That’s a winning percentage of over 93%.

    The fact that the Cardinals only lost this game by 2, and were driving at the end for a game-winning score, is perhaps a surprise in itself.

  25. By Scott H on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    As always, folks, there is another team on the field during these games. Yesterday, that team was the Rams and ( sorry, Kevin ) and I believe the Rams played the better game. We obviously didn’t out-play them in every aspect. They were scoring in 7’s. The Cardinals were scoring in 3’s. So….how were we out-playing them?? Maybe it doesn’t happen every week but it certainly happens often enough in the NFL that teams that had more yards and more first downs end up losing the game. There’s more to it than that.

    The Rams also scored first and led the entire game. Again, how does that equate to US out-playing THEM??

    No, losing the game is not OK with me – especially when we had the opportunities to take it and we didn’t.

    But my point is this – I really hate it when the Cardinals WIN a game and afterward, it’s all about everything the other team did wrong to beat themselves. It’s like nothing the Cardinals did meant anything to the outcome. It was ALL about what the OTHER team did or didn’t do. It’s about how the other team LOST the game, not about how the Cardinals WON it.

    Sometimes? Sometimes you lose because the other team played better. Forget the stats because they obviously do not tell you all you need to know from yesterday. We did plenty to not help our own cause yesterday. But the Rams still had to win the game. And they did.

    Two weeks ago, the Bears lost their starting QB during a game against the Cardinals. Is that why the Cardinals won the game? No. They won that game because they did EVERYTHING better that day than the Bears did. The Bears never played well enough at any point to win that game.

  26. By Pjcarr on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Rookie mistakes, bad referee calls, poor red zone play, 3 turnovers, couldn’t run the ball in the red zone, and those unlucky damn black jerseys. The encouraging thing is as good as the Rams played, we we always in the game. We’ll be fine. Relax everyone. Did you honestly think we would go 16-0? On to Motown. PS. We really need a better punter.

  27. By robert on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Pull all my posts..i said that Palmer of he throws 40plus in a game is going to get knocked out..we know have a running game thats the only way you are going to keep those DB linemen honest. Wattford needed to play he is more physical..The Rams Seahawks are physical..we need to run some powere football instead of throwing 50 times..we have this game but blew it. Their QB threw 3 or 4 great balls. SO lets see how we react in detroit. They are going to get a bad beat down tonight

  28. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Robert —

    Yes, Detroit is going to lose badly tonight. (Or at least I’m putting my money there… if I end up losing some cash but Detroit pulls out a victory, I’ll be quite happy.) And then we need to go take care of business against a likely 0-4 team that may already be making plans for next year. We lost a game that we “should” have won, and we can’t afford to do that many times and still win the division. We need this road wins against Detroit and the hopefully still Big Ben-less Steelers, and then a home win against Baltimore before going to Cleveland. 7-1 is within reach going into Seattle. It’s important to load up on wins now given our 2nd-half schedule.

  29. By Scott H on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Looking ahead, it bodes well for the Cardinals that the Lions ( our next opponent ) are playing the Seahawks tonight. It has been a pretty consistent dynamic in recent years that teams who play the Seahawks one week play badly and lose the following week. Supposedly, it’s because of how badly teams get beaten up during a game against them. Strange to think in terms or rooting for the Seahawks but let’s hope they beat the Lions up pretty bad tonight.

    AND let’s hope the Lions still ( somehow ) win the game! 🙂

  30. By Dobie on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Green Bay, Cincinnati, Sea Hawks, Baltimore, just to mention a few so the Ram was close this are teams that they got to play good and division games they play them twice and to put it as BA would say they got to get there stuff together you are not good till you win the division and get to the playoff it is just beginning of the season and the team should have learned some thing from this

  31. By clssylssy on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Dobie…
    You do realize that if the season ended tomorrow that the Rams would win the division (whether the Seahawks beat the Lions means nothing except in the overall picture). The 9ers looked a whole lot better against the Packers on their home field so let’s not get ahead of ourselves and count them out too early. Until yesterday we looked pretty amazing at home too! The NFC West is still a very tough division, overall probably the best. We now know we have our work cut out and will need to stay focused on one win at a time. The mistakes we made yesterday are fixable and we have a pretty balanced team of amazing talents. We can overcome if everyone just keep their minds focused and we NEVER underestimate our opponents again.
    Steve Keim needs to stay vigilant for linemen, as you know there will be injuries down the road. Hate to say it, but, we sure could have used Daryl Washington yesterday! (I know I’m not the only one thinking it, lol)

  32. By Darren Urban on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Division if season ended tomorrow

    If the season ended tomorrow, the Cardinals would win the division. The Cards are 3-1. The Rams are 2-2, the Niners 1-3 and the Seahawks 1-2 going into tonight’s game.

  33. By TucsonTim on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    So, what you are saying D, this felt like the old Cardinals, and you are so right. Only 93 and the Can man came prepared to play. I hope they take this sickening feeling like I just got beat up by the bully’s little brother to heart. This was a BAD loss. Not one of those you win some lose some losses.

    Every player and coach needs to take a long look in the mirror. I’m not even sure that some of the players even know what SAME OLD CARDINALS means. This game was sure as S*** SAME OLD CARDINALS

  34. By Softballmom on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Horrible game the offense didn’t come to play. Arians put Massie in instead of Watford stating that he allowed “pressure” on Palmer, well Massie allowed “sacks” on Palmer. May need to re-evaluate the “O” line

  35. By clssylssy on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Darren…
    WITHIN THE DIVISION the Rams are 2-0, the Cards 1-1, Seahawks 0-1, 9ers 0-1, OVERALL the Cards have a 1 game lead (assuming the Hawks win tonight) at 3-1…not a great margin for error. If I’m not mistaken the Division winner is the team with the most wins within the division isn’t it?…I could be wrong?

  36. By Darren Urban on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Division

    You are wrong. The best record period wins. Division record works into the tirbreaks if the overall record is the same.

  37. By John on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    I see way too many cardinal fans act like this is no big deal. Yeah you gotta move on but would anyone really be shocked if they went on a downward spiral. The Rams are a curse. Maybe it’s me but I give no praise to that pathetic team. They might win 9 games might.. Players need to be accountable. There was embarrassing performances out there on defense. I will not mention names but a few guys got posterized. That’s no big deal though. There was a time players would get fined or cut for fraternizing with the enemy. I miss that NFL.

  38. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Wow, that Seattle non-call on the ball batted out of bounds was huge. So we have two calls that both go against Arizona… the non-call there and the fumble that wasn’t a fumble in our game because the Ram runner’s forward progress was supposedly stopped within a millisecond of being hit. These two plays could have completely altered the NFC West… of course there’s no guarantee we win the Rams game, but I’d say there’s a good chance we’re 4-0 if that’s a fumble, and that Seattle is 1-3 if the Lions are awarded the ball as they likely should have been.

  39. By clssylssy on Oct 6, 2015 | Reply

    Thanks Darren…
    I was wrong and I’m glad you clarified that. I guess the title of “Division Champion” is somewhat of a misnomer. Nonetheless, when you see how physical St. Louuis and Seattle are playing, and the reality of the standings, it kinda makes even the playoffs a little less certain. Beating Seattle in our house has taken on a new urgency, and after seeing them against Detroit with the physicality they bring, and not standing up to even St., Louis, is going to take a real gut check! Hope we can shake off the smell of the Rams and get our heads back into the game to beat the Lions. Cry’n time is over!

  40. By Eazy E on Oct 7, 2015 | Reply

    Well nice comeback attempt Cards, but they played a little better overall.

    QB:

    Carson was 29-46, 352 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. The TD was a nice throw to David to lead the comeback. The Interception was a nice deep ball that could have been a touch deeper, but what a play by Janoris over John and his own teammate Trumaine I believe! Carson played fairly well, but some errant throws especially in key positions killed us.

    RB:

    Our running game was once again effective led by Chris with 16 carries for 83 yards which is a 5.2 yard average which is splendid. David had 3 carries for 18 yards, so the running game was good.

    WR/TE:

    Larry is just balling with 7 catches and 99 yards, but no TD this time unfortunately where he was wide open in the back corner of the end zone, but I forgot what score it was when it happened, but it was early and he fumbled, but that was an awesome hit I must admit. John also had 7 catches with 75 yards. David caught 4 passes for 63 yards and the only TD on a nice seam route it looked like. Michael got going a lot more with 5 catches for 59 yards. Fells and Gresham caught 1 pass a piece for 17 and 8 yards respectively.

    OL:

    Our offensive line had it’s first rough game with a nasty Rams Defensive Line, but if our O-Line is going to be dominant, we have to contain these men and not let them beat on Carson like that. They did good for the most part with the running game.

    DL:

    I like how our defensive line played for a good amount of the game before Gurley went off of course. Calais was dominant with 11 tackles, 0.5 sack, and 3 TFLs. Our defense got messed over with that fumble when they knew Benny wasn’t supposed to get no dang forward progress and that ended up being an even bigger screw up than even at that time! Frostee had 3 tackles and should have had a fumble recovery and Calais should have had a forced fumble. Foles was too clean from the DL and Linebackers.

    LB:

    Golden is having a nice impact early on with a 0.5 sack, but Okafor, Weatherspoon, and Minter had a combined 3 tackles with Weatherspoon and Okafor tackle less. They gotta do better than that, but it’s just one game though!

    CB/S:

    Patrick took for the 2nd straight game the top receiver out the game in Britt, but I probably would have moved him to Tavon because he went off! The Honey Badger had 6 tackles and a FF that I think the Cardinals recovered with 3 Black Jerseys near it, and that’s why the refs have to hurry and make a decision and I love also that he was in Gurley face too! Foles made some sick throws though!

    ST:

    Chandler at least isn’t one of these kickers that forgot how to kick going 5 for 5 on his field goal attempts! Drew had an easy day with 1 punt. David had 1 kickoff return for 19 yards, but that lost fumble wasn’t great, but it happens and that hit was far from soft! Patrick had 5 punt returns for a 6 yard average, but I love him back there because he is so explosive, he’ll definitely get going and people will fear him in 2 ways!

    On to Detroit… We’ll get them in St. Louis, but they got a good roster of course.

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