Wow. After the latest defeat for our Cardiac Cards today, this now makes me 7-0 picking Cardinals games this year. Rather than tout my prognostication skills, I am really left asking myself why and how I could pick Cardinals victories and losses with seemingly bizarre effect?
However, after asking myself that question and thinking it through, I realized that I had two very simple, overriding belief themes that have been driving my choices. And I think you would see those thoughts driving my fanposts in the last seven weeks as far as my thought process.
Through the first four games, my overriding belief was that our defense was decisively underrated and would surprise people. I believed our defense was (and is) game-changing. I also thought our QB were underrated. While our I knew our offense line was poor, I felt like the strengths in other areas would outweigh the offensive line.
But after the fourth game, I really began to sense that our offensive line play would really start to sink us. ..even with the improved defense. I happen to think that Skelton and Kolb have played extremely well considering what the offensive line is giving them. Games with 9,8,5 and 7 sacks is QB career wrecking. I really feel like the Cardinals will have an 8-8 season now. The promise of the early season being erased by the judgement rendered from poor offensive line drafts through the years.
I greatly admire both Kolb and Skelton for their very good overall play under such horrendous conditions. The Cardinals offensive line is giving up sacks in NFL record fashion. I think it was the 1975 team that gave up 8 sacks... all season. This group is on pace to give up over 110. The NFL record is something like 72. When we talk about going out and getting a running QB, that's just crazy talk. Our own defense made the case for that argument playing against Michael Vick just a few short weeks ago.
Interestingly enough, I have a feeling we are going to beat S.F. So will I be 8-0? Who knows. My picking streak has a lot to do with luck and a more than a fair amount to do with a changing tide-- first with the entire Cardinals defense and then now with the absolutely porous offensive line.... which not even excellent defense can surmount.
I may have picked correctly... but there is no way it should have ever turned out that way.