A lot of people felt that the Arizona Cardinals were not worth the 4-0 record they had put up in the month of September. Thursday night against the Rams in St.Louis, reality hit them in a big way.
The Cardinals were harassed all night long by the Rams defense, which slammed Kevin Kolb and the Arizona offense in taking home a 17-3 win to improve to 3-2 on the young season.
Arizona dropped to 4-1 with the loss.
Take into account the numbers that the Rams defense put up in holding the Cards to just three points on the night: 9 sacks of Kolb, 13 hits on the QB, 29 hurries of Kolb’s passes, and 13 total knockdowns when the QB went back to pass.
Needless to say, the Cards QB will have some ice packs on him when he and the team head back to the desert on the plane tonight.
Kolb and the Cards had scored at least 20 points in each of its first four games, but had no luck containing a pass rush that had totaled just six sacks on the year, and got stopped twice inside the 20 in the final minutes.
The Cards QB on the night was 28-for-50 for 289 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Sam Bradford led the Rams offense, which was cemented with a 52-yard touchdown pass to rookie Chris Givens for a two-TD cushion.
Bradford had been 3 for 16 for 25 yards and an end-zone interception since the opening drive, often missing on his receivers by a lot. Undoubtedly, he missed Danny Amendola, sidelined in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury on a diving attempt that was initially ruled a 22-yard catch for a first down but overturned after the Cardinals challenged.
Amendola perhaps hinted at the extent of the injury when he flung his helmet, with his left hand, while walking in a tunnel to get X-Rays.
The Rams, ranked 27th in offense, came out throwing, with Bradford completing passes of 14 yards to Brandon Gibson and 44 yards to Amendola on the first two plays, setting up the score to Kendricks on third down. It was the first offensive touchdown in three games for St. Louis.
It was all St.Louis would need against a Cardinals team that was clearly not as sharp as it had been in the first few weeks of the season. They are unbeaten no more, and have a lot of work to do for the rematch later in the year.