It was a close one, but in the end, the Arizona Cardinals were the victor. Beating the New York Giants on the road was a big win for this team, and as the season progresses, they'll need to feed off of it. The Cardinals now stand at 4-2, and are surprisingly 3-0 on the road this season. Last night many Cardinals stepped up big time and helped the team get the win. Before we find out who the nominees are, congratulations to Kurt Warner for winning the award last week. Warner was nearly perfect and helped the Cardinals win impressively on the road. This week, the nominees are:
Adrian Wilson: I had to nominate A Dubb first for his duties on the field last night. Wilson was seen flying all over the field and was on Eli Manning's radar more then one time. He finally received more of a national spotlight and I believe that more NFL fans will catch on to him after last night if they haven't already. He had a big game, recording 5 tackles, 1 interception, and 1fumble recovered. Wilson also disrupted several plays and was the main reason the Giants offense struggled so much.
Beanie Wells: This is the game that we've been waiting for from Wells. He didn't break 100 yards and did fumble once out of bounds, but was solid in gaining positive yardage. After a Tim Hightower fumble, Beanie got the nod and provided a burst right away. His touchdown of the night was a thing of beauty as he bounced the ball to the outside, stiff-arming two defenders into the end zone.
Alan Branch: Branch didn't get a lot of snaps but when he was on the field, he made the most of it. Branch racked up two of the three sacks and pressured Eli Manning at other times. So far this year, Branch has developed into what most of us thought he would've been when he was drafted.
Antrel Rolle: Rolle has quietly put together a good season for the Cardinals and continued that trend last night. He was second on the team with 8 tackles, and is presence around the line of scrimmage confused Eli Manning. The biggest play by Rolle came in the final minutes of the game when he picked off Manning and gave the Cardinals the win.
Calais Campbell: The fourth defensive player to make the list is defensive end Calais Campbell. His numbers weren't outstanding but he did a good job of getting in the backfield. He had a sack, but more importantly had a tipped ball that led to an Adrian Wilson interception.
I thought about naming others but these five were key contributors in the game. This should be a very close poll as all five played their best game, and the winner could go any way. As always, if you feel anybody should be added to the list just name who and why. Who did you vote for and why?