Aug 5, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (19) runs the offense against the New Orleans Saints in the first quarter during the pro football hall of fame preseason game at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
The Arizona Cardinals met the New Orleans Saints in the Hall Of Fame game yesterday in Canton, Ohio. While the score didn’t lean in favor of the Cards this week, there were a few plays that show some promise.
Hit the jump to see the plays I marked as contenders for plays of the game.
There were six plays that I chose as possible plays of the game for the Arizona Cardinals efforts.
Calais Campbell starts things off on my list by notching a sack against the second string quarterback, Chase Daniels. On third and three from the Arizona thirty-five, Campbell pulled Daniels down for a seven yard loss which led to a punt.
Stewart Bradley’s been working on a sack dance, and we saw that happy little jig yesterday after he chased down Chase Daniels for a ten yard loss, leading to another New Orleans punt.
How about plays of the game involving points on the board? That’s what Alfonso Smith provided with his four yard scamper to cap off a John Skelton led, ground attack drive that posted Arizona’s first seven points of the game.
On the flip side of that, how about a play from the game that took points off the board for the opposition? That’s exactly what Blake Gideon did when he leapt up and snatched the ball out of the air in the back of the end zone, shutting down the Saints drive.
And lastly, points taken away again, as special teams guru Justin Bethel blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter of play to keep the game 17 – 10 New Orleans.
In the end, the Cards lost. There wasn't a defensive play that gave them the game.
With that taken into account, the play of the game for me would be Smith's run into the end zone. Why? Because it capped off a drive that moved the length of the field. The offense clicked. The run game gained traction. John Skelton looked at ease. And the play itself. Two extra tight ends. WR tight to the line, over balancing. The blocks to free Smith. The play call itself. All I can hope for is to see more of this type of play-calling once the regular season rolls around.
So - Do you agree pr disagree with my choice for play of the game? Let me know if the poll below.
What was the Arizona Cardinals play of the game in the Hall of Fame game?
Calais Campbell sack of Chase Daniels for a loss of 7 at a third and three from the Arizona 35 which lead to a punt (9 votes)
Mike Adams/Quentin Groves combo to down a punt at the New Orleans 1 yard line. (15 votes)
Stewart Bradley and his happy little dance after he dropped Chase Daniels for a ten yard loss, which set up a punt (42 votes)
Alfonso Smith four yard touchdown run (I actually like the play call, the formation, the way this play was executed, etc.) (30 votes)
Blake Gideon picking off Chase Daniels in the end zone, saving a score (24 votes)
Justin Bethel blocked a field goal in the 4th quarter (27 votes)
147 total votes