Wow. All the articles today are abuzz with how the Arizona Cardinals shocked the New England Patriots. They also shocked me, as I didn't have them picked to win yesterday's game. I've never been more happy to eat crow pie.
The defense was all over the field and held the Patriots to just 18 points. The offense did enough to put points on the board and keep drives alive. And the Cards managed this at Gillette stadium, where before today's game, the Patriots were riding a ten game win streak for their home openers.
Hit the jump to see my nominees for the Cardinals' player of the game, along with who I felt edged everyone else for the top spot.
First on my list is a man who had one tackle and one sack for the game. O, and a blocked punt that became Cardinals' ball on the Patriot's two yard line. Quentin Groves, who made the most of his playing time for the injured O'Brien Schofield.
Next up, and I mean way up, is Calais Campbell who amassed two sacks, seven tackles, and three assists in the game. He was dominant in both the run and pass game of the defense.
Another member of defense to make this list should change him moniker from PP21 to DIA21 (Does it all). In yesterday's game Patrick Peterson returned punts, had an interception off a Darnell Dockett tipped pass, played a couple of wildcat downs on offense that included one rush for 17 yards, three tackles, and provided solid coverage for the game.
Points on the board. Andre Roberts had some in yesterday's game. He only caught one pass for two yards, but Roberts made that catch count in the most important way. Nice move to get into the end zone off a quick pass to the outside from Kevin Kolb.
Speaking of Kevin Kolb, he had points on the board, no interceptions, and went 15/27 for 145 yards and that touchdown toss to Roberts. In addition to that, he had a nice QB draw up the middle for 4 yards and points on the board as he stretched out for the end zone while taking a few shots.
In going over it all, I fall back to what I've said earlier. It all flows through Kevin Kolb. And yesterday the flow was good. He managed the game, made enough plays, and kept the offense competent. He has to be my player of the game for week 2.
What do you think, who was the layer of the game? Let me know in the poll below. And tune in next week when the Cards come home and face the Philadelphia Eagles and their high octane offense.