After missing the first win of the season, the ROTB Cardinal of the Week poll is back. Although Sunday's win wasn't eye-opening and doesn't garner much hope for the remainder of the season, it does feel good. As they say, "A win is a win". I'll use a line from one of my favorite movies to reassure those of you who aren't happy with the result:
Ask any racer. Any real racer. It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning.
In this case, insert football player for racer and inch or a mile with 1 point or 20. And bonus points to whoever can guess which movie this is from without looking it up.
Did the Cardinals play well in their win? No, not at all. Did I see room for improvement? Yes. Right now it's hard to say what direction this team is going, especially with a tough road game in San Diego next week. For now we'll focus on the good, which are the players that are up for Cardinal of the week.
Paris Lenon - 8 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 1 Sack
Lenon easily played his best game as a Cardinal on Sunday, recording both a sack and interception. He was second on the team in tackles and made most of them count. He's slowly outplaying the role he was given this offseason. Although he may see the bench with Gerald Hayes eventually returns, he's making the most of this time as a starter right now.
LaRod Stephens-Howling - Opening kick return for touchdown
The biggest touchdown of the game came when LSH returned the games opening kickoff return 102 yards. It pumped up the home crowd and the Cardinals sideline. It also made the difference between a win and a loss.
Beanie Wells - 14 carries for 75 yards
Wells, who missed the first two weeks of the season with a knee injury, arrived ready to make an impact against the Raiders. His first carry went for 24 yards. He also made two highlight reel leaps over Raiders' defenders.
Kerry Rhodes - 10 tackles, 3 PD
Cardinals' free safety Kerry Rhodes didn't receive much recognition for his play after leading the team with 10 tackles. He forced Raiders' quarterback Bruce Gradkowski to throw the ball early several times blitzing off the edge and was at the end of three defensed passes.
Yes the game had it's flaws, but these four players stood out the most to me. As always, if you feel anyone should be realistically added, just drop a comment below listing who and why. Who did you vote for and why?