On Sunday, not much went right for Coach Whiz and the Cardinals, as they were shut down by the Seattle Seahawks 13-10. So far this season, the Cards have had to live with being in close games due to defensive miscues, but Sunday, the offense was in full stall mode.
The usually potent offense managed to only get one touchdown, and also turned the ball over twice, something that cannot happen if the Cardinals expect to return to one of the NFL’s elite.
The offensive line, a strong point in recent weeks struggled against the Seahawks and their 10th ranked defense. The Seahawks were able to overpower the offensive line to the tune of three sacks on quarterback Kevin Kolb, who threw two interceptions and fumbled once due to the pressure.
The running game took a hit before the game even started, as a result of Beanie Wells being ruled out of the game, and the duo of Alphonso Smith and newly acquired Chester Taylor only amounted to 74 yards on 20 carries, a 3.7 yard per carry average.
Kevin Kolb did not look his best, only posting a quarterback rating of 69, but he did throw for over 250 yards and a touchdown to a double-covered Larry Fitzgerald. The pass was brought down more because of Fitz than Kolb. Kolb’s two interceptions came at times in which the Cards were driving down a field at the end of the half, and at the end of the game.
The Cardinals’ defense played well enough to win the game. The Seahawks offense is not the most high-powered in the league, as their 31st ranked offense shows, but the Arizona defense gave the offense plenty of opportunities to win the game, opportunities the offense did not take advantage of.
The defense had four sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and consistently gave the ball back to the offense, only to end up back on the field from the offense being incapable of scoring. When the Cards were able to move the ball down the field, the kicking game was unable to pull through for them. Kicker Jay Fielder missed two crucial field goals that would have won the game.
If the Cardinals are going to keep pace with the division leading 49ers, all phases of the game are going to have to step up, starting this week with the visiting New York Giants.