The Cardinals finally won another game after their six game losing streak, and they did it in spectacular fashion against the Rams with a 99 yard punt return by Patrick Peterson in Overtime. He wasn't the only person who had a good game though, several people stepped up, but today we will only look at the three who had the biggest contributions to the win.
In last weeks poll, Patrick Peterson won with 51% of the 151 votes, Beanie was the next closest with 21%.
Patrick Peterson - 3 tackles, 3 pass deflections, interception, 99 yard punt return for a Touchdown
Is there any doubt that this guy would be on the list? Even though he had a couple of penalties again (some of us also thought that one or two of them were questionable calls) he played a great game on defense breaking up several passes, and he picked off a pass by Sam Bradford on a flea flicker. Overall, he played a great game in coverage, but he needs to improve on being overphysical which is a no-no in todays NFL which wants to see high scoring shootouts in every game.
But that isn't the real reason he is on here (although I would have probably had him on here even without this next play), Peterson won the game with a 99 yard punt return for a Touchdown in Overtime where he showcased his incredible speed, strength, and vision. At first, I wondered why he would even field the punt at the one yard line, then I just started jumping up and down in joy. At some point, people are going to have to stop kicking to him because he just makes everyone pay for it.
Calais Campbell - 6 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 QB hits, blocked Field Goal
The man who got us to Overtime has to be thanked as well. He played a great overall game getting good penetration on the Rams O-Line and sacking Bradford along with getting pressure on him with several other plays. And of course, he continues being a huge weapon on special teams with ANOTHER blocked Field Goal. This one, as time expired to force Overtime. And we all know what happened after that....
John Skelton - 20 of 35 for 220 yards, TD, 4 carries for 38 yards
And finally, the man whose number was called because Kevin Kolb was out with turf toe, and he did a pretty good job. Yeah, there was inconsistency. The offense hardly did anything in the first half, he was inconsistent with some of his throws, he wound up being Safetied twice by the Rams on consecutive plays (I don't think I have ever seen that before). But, he stood strong in the pocket, used his mobility to extend the play when necessary, and in crunch time he lead a game tying drive with his arm and with his feet, and he threw a perfect pass to Larry Fitzgerald for a score.
It wasn't perfect, but he got the job done. And although I think it is way too early to say that we have a QB controversy on our hands, I think it is good to know that the backup can step up and play well when necessary.