Yes, I heard you. I heard from the upset people right about the time the Cardinals fell behind, 14-0, Sunday at home to Seattle. So did the Cardinals, who heard some of the boos about that time. “It was a tough crowd, but I understand because the way we played the last couple games and the way we started off,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “But we responded to them too.”
That was the ultimate message of Sunday, I think. I said during my pregame radio show that I thought the Cardinals should win by two scores and, given the 31-20 final, that’s what happened. Was it the way the Cardinals wanted it to go? No. There were too many penalties and the slow start could have killed them.
But there when it was over, how do you quibble? I wasn’t sure Kurt Warner, after overthrowing Early Doucet on his first pass and making a poor decision on the incompletion-that-was-an-interception-before-it-was-overturned, was going to have a good game. I was right. He had a great game, completing 29-of-38 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cards had 122 yards rushing. The defense had four sacks and two interceptions and, for all the yards the Seahawks piled up, gave up just two field goals after that gulp-inducing 14-0 start.
Asked if he was worried, safety Adrian Wilson responded, “Were you worried?” It doesn’t matter what a reporter thinks though, A-Dub, only you guys. “I was concerned,” he said. “Wasn’t worried. It was some early adversity.”
Wilson wouldn’t talk about what was said at halftime, but it’s clear there were some words (like the heated ones he and Darnell Dockett traded in front of TV cameras early in the game). The Cards had started the comeback by then, however – thank goodness.
As for my other late Sunday night thoughts:
— It’ll get lost in post-game talk, but the Cards drive for a touchdown right after Seattle scored to go up 14-0 may be one of the most important of the season. There was still plenty of time left, but that drive – which ended with a 28-yard TD pass to Steve Breaston – may have saved the game. The confidence came back, not only to the offense but to the crowd.
— I don’t know the exact stats of anyone else, but Ben Graham has got to get serious consideration for the Pro Bowl. He’s been that good and he’s better than that when it comes to pinning teams deep.
— Eight TD catches for Larry Fitzgerald. Quietly, he’s tops in the NFL tied with Indy’s Reggie Wayne for the most in that category.
— Ali Highsmith is very good on special teams. But with Gerald Hayes out with back problems, Highsmith looked like he struggled Sunday while the Seahawks ran early and often. That’s less about Highsmith and more about how important Hayes has become.
— Wilson is now one sack shy of becoming a member of the 20-20 club, after getting his 20th career interception Sunday. Wilson was admittedly fooled a bit but he made a great diving pick on a shovel pass.
— The Cardinals were able to run the ball again. That’s not all Beanie, but he definitely helps. His second touchdown run was a thing of beauty (and the awesome hole-clearing blocks by TE Stephen Spach and T Mike Gandy can’t be overlooked).
— Coach Ken Whisenhunt promised the Seahawks would change up offensively, after the Cards held them to 128 total yards in Seattle. Maybe you don’t expect to give up 472 yards, but we’ve said this before – mistakes are a lot easier to fix after a win.
— Now that was the Anquan that’s been missing since the hamstring and ankle injuries. He’s a difference-maker when healthy.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Ali Highsmith, Anquan Boldin, Ben Graham, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Early Doucet, Gerald Hayes, Ken Whisenhunt, Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mike Gandy, Stephen Spach, Steve Breaston
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