Cardinals Vs. Seahawks: Five Negatives From The Home Opener Victory

Sept. 9, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (19) lays on the ground injured in the fourth quarter against Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

Well, that was pretty exciting, wasn't it? Although, it was probably more exciting than it needed to be. Throughout the game, the defense of the Arizona Cardinals stepped up big, shutting down Russell Wilson on the Seahawks' final drive and pulling out the 20-16 victory. Also, that Kevin Kolb guy played pretty well in a pinch, didn't he?

Anyhow, not all was strawberries and cream from this game. There were some spots that fans were definitely scratching their heads, wondering what in the world they just witnessed.

Here are five negatives from the win...

Replacement Referees:

Where would I start other than with the referees? Or, at least, those guys posing as referees. They were awful throughout the game, that much we know. Whether it was the poor pass interference call on Patrick Peterson early on in the game or Paris Lenon's sack not getting credited for enough yards, they made mistakes throughout the day. The worst moment came near the end of the game when the refs awarded Seattle with an extra timeout. Oh boy... At least they recognized their error after the game.

Ground Game:

I'm not sure there was any aspect uglier for the Cardinals than the running game. When your leading rusher is a wide receiver that took an end around, your ground game has issues. Outside of that play by Andre Roberts, Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams and LaRod Stephens-Howling averaged 1.8 yards per carry. Eek. They are not going to win many ball games with that kind of performance.

Special Teams Coverage:

Leon Washington almost single-handedly won the game for the Seahawks. His 82 yard kick return, followed by a 52 yard punt return put Seattle into Cardinals territory each time, giving them a chance to score. Throughout the preseason and the past couple of regular seasons, the special teams unit has looked pretty good in coverage, but that wasn't the case today. They will need to shore that up.

Consecutive Timeouts:

If this doesn't win the boneheaded play of the game, I don't know what will. The Cardinals, after calling a timeout, came onto the field where mass confusion ensued. Because of that, John Skelton was forced to call another timeout to avoid the delay of game penalty. The referees allowed it at the time, unaware that they should not have granted the timeout, instead opting for the clock to run down. It was probably the most embarrassing moment of the game for Arizona.

Injuries:

Luckily, Kevin Kolb was able to come into the game and play hero, but that is only because John Skelton left with a leg injury. Jim Trotter from Sports Illustrated informed everyone via Twitter that his leg is not broken, but that he is being treated for a high ankle sprain. Whether he returns next week or not is unknown. Even if he is healthy, does Whisenhunt give Kolb another shot?

Also, Jamell Fleming, a rookie cornerback from Oklahoma, left the game early on with a shoulder injury. He was primarily being used in nickel packages, where he seems to do pretty well. With Michael Adams replacing him, his absence became suddenly noticeable. Every opposing QB seems to pick on poor Money Mike.

What were your negatives from this game? Share them with the rest of us in the comments section below.

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