GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02: Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball against the New York Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. Giants won 31-27. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
3 loses and 8 points, that so far is the story of our season. Despite how angry, sad, or jaded you feel right now there is some hope for this team. While 1-3 isn't pretty, it could easily be the other way around. The team so far has been beating it's self more so than us getting thoroughly beat like what happened so often last year. We have been in these games and been position to win them. I rather be the Cardiac Cards than the Swagtangable Cards of last year.
Obviously pieces are missing, like a pass rush and a line that can play consistently but they improved so far this season. The line did give up four sacks, but it also helped pave the way for a 138 yard, 3 TD performance. The best running performance Cardinal fans have seen in a long time. As Kolb settles down, as our team gels and as our rookies find their niches, there will be rough patches.
And like the Sandman of ESPN says, with every loss there is a silver lining...
... And that is GIVING THE BALL TO BEANIE WELLS!
1. Chris Wells: 27 carries, 138 yards, (a 5.1 average) and 3 TD's. That is what happens when Wells gets the rock. Wells had a career day breaking setting new career highs in every rushing stat. If the Giants and their vaunted line couldn't stop him, I wonder who can. A team of probowlers? Superman? The Almighty himself? That may not even be enough.
2. Larry Fitzgerald: 8 receptions and 102 yards, plus another ridiculous catch. Fitzgerald passed Roy Green on the Cardinals all-time yardage record during the game. Larry now holds the Cardinals all-time receptions record, receiving yards record and receiving TD record. Oh and guess what guys? He is only 27 and we have him signed FOREVER. Larry needs just 3 TD's and he will surpass Roy Green once again to claim the most total TD's in franchise record.
3. Run Defense: Pretty much every analyst and their mother predicted that the Giants would run all over us. Guess what, we held the fearsome duo of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs to a total of 57 yards and a 2.3 YPC. The defense did give up two rushing TD's but one can be blamed on a Kevin Kolb turnover and our CB's looking like they were deaf, dumb and blind all game. Overall, it was a solid effort by the front 4 and backups(Haggans, Porter and Lenon might as well have been ghosts.).
4. David Carter: The Cardinals trend of developing late round picks continues this season with the incredibly impressive play of Carter. Today he registered his first sack and caused an Eli Manning fumble which lead to points. While it looks like he struggles some in the run game, he is excellent in penetrating into the backfield. In a few years the combo of Dan Williams and David Carter could be a formidable duo for team to deal with.
5. The NFC West still sucks: Despite the surprising upset of the Eagles by the 49ers (which I predicted), the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks lost. With some serious luck, Kolb learning how to stay in the pocket and our play calling improving (What can I say, I'm an optimist) we could still win the NFC Weak.
Good news guys, next week we play Donavon McNabb and the soon-to-be 0-4 LA Vikings.