Despite failing to score on the opening drive of the game, the Arizona Cardinals appeared on their way to a good-looking offensive show against the Seattle Seahawks. Some things were working before the drive stalled, but the first of seven sacks pushed the offense back out of a manageable situation.
From then on, however, it was a complete offensive disaster.
The defense played poorly most of the way as well, so this game was not fun to watch -- to which most of you can attest.
Regardless, we still must choose a player of the game for the Cardinals. Some had a big impact despite the outcome, and that is the focus as always.
Stats: 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 fumble recovery
Just five days after being carried off the Candlestick Park field on a stretcher, defensive end Calais Campbell played an enormous game on national television. He made key stops and assisted on others by being in the way, but it unfortunately was not enough -- as was every performance Thursday night.
Stats: 6 receptions, 71 yards, 11.8 YPC
Michael Floyd had a nice game despite the offensive woes. He led the team with 10 targets from quarterback Carson Palmer, and though there are no moral victories in the NFL, he is laying the groundwork for a solid second half -- especially if the rest of the offense catches up.
Stats: 3 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 QB hits, 2 forced fumbles
It took him a little over six games, but outside linebacker John Abraham finally recorded his first sack as a member of the Cardinals. When he brought down quarterback Russell Wilson for the second time, he had officially recorded his 25th career NFL game with at least two sacks -- that ranks 14th in league history, right behind Derrick Thomas' 26.
Stats: 2 tackles, 1 QB hit
Don't look at his stat line. Tyrann Mathieu played a very good game Thursday night. He was in the backfield causing havoc several times and nearly recorded his second career sack. If not for a lightning-quick release from Wilson, he would have had it.