The Arizona Cardinals headed east with a 1 game win streak under their belt to face the Philadelphia Eagles. Kevin Kolb missed the game. John Skelton tossed two interceptions. Beanie Wells averaged 2.7 YDS a carry for 62 YDS total. With those type numbers, most folks would side with the experts, none of which picked the Cards over the Eagles today. And those folks would be wrong as the Cardinals beat their hosts, 21 - 17.
Hit the jump to see what the team had to say after today's victory.
Starting at the top, with head coach Ken Whisenhunt. "We exorcised a lot of demons today."
Indeed you did coach. The east coast travel demon. The non home field advantage demon. But in the process, someone else brought up the other dreaded demon. QB controversy. When asked if John Skelton had made a play for starter time, coach Whisenhunt said he needed to look at video.
The defense was the shining star of today's game. Calais Campbell, who notched his first career interception today, had this to say, "Coach Horton called a good game. It was hard for the Eagles to get into a rhythm."
Indeed it was. The Cardinals held the Eagles to 289 YDS total. Michael Vick tossed 2 INTs. The front 7 harried him all day.
The offense was serviceable, but there were plays they would like back. Once again the coash Whisenhunt sums it up well with this quote. "There was definitely a feeling of missed opportunities. But guys didn't get down."
QB John Skelton is a prime example of this. After throwing 2 INTs, he connected with WR Larry Fitzgerald for 2 TDs that put #11 atop the franchise for most TDs. Another beautiful connection between the two ended with the ball on the 1 YD line.
Larry Fitzgerald had this to say about the play. "John throws me that every day after practice. I just wish I would have kept my feet and gotten into the end zone."
And now from the QB himself, when asked about the two interceptions he threw. "It's just a short memory. When you get down to the nitty-gritty, you have to put it out of your mind."
In thinking about John Skelton's words, they play right into what Lyle Sendlein had to say about the QB. "I'm going to say sturdy."
I'm going to say winner. That's two in two starts. Tune in next week as the Cardinals travel west to face the division leading San Francisco 49ers.