Welcome to the Cardinal of the Week poll for the final week of the Preseason. This week, the Cardinals dominated on their way to a 26-7 win over the Denver Broncos.
In last weeks Poll, three people wound up being close in the results. Out of 344 votes Kevin Kolb got 20%, Larry Fitzgerald got 21%, and Patrick Peterson won with 26% of the vote.Richard Bartel - 12 of 16, 216 yards, two TDs, Int
Bartel has had a great Preseason, and with this performance combined with the ankle injury to John Skelton the Cardinals could have their new backup Quarterback. Bartel was sharp all night throwing some very accurate passes and his only real bad decision was on an underthrown ball he lofted off his back foot that got Intercepted. Before that, he actually had a perfect QB rating of 158.3. For a guy that was just brought in as Quarterback depth after injuries to Derek Anderson and Max Hall last season, this guy has been pretty impressive.
Chansi Stuckey - four catches (four targets), 99 yards, TD
There was some doubt around here on if Stuckey would make the roster after a quiet Preseason and Training Camp (I thought he would make it though), but he showed up big last night. Stuckey made a couple of big grabs last night including a 48 yard strick from Bartel on a play where Stuckey got past what appeared to be blown coverage. Besides Larry Fitzgerald, Stuckey is the only other receiver on the roster with a lot of experience right now, so hopefully he can make some big plays in the regular season too.
The Kickers - four of four on field goals, five punts with four downed inside the 20
Both of the starting kickers showed up well last night. Jay Feely continued his domination of the Broncos with four field goals including a 52 yarder and he has now outscored Denver 39-20 over his last two games against the team. Ben Graham also boomed some punts in 2009 Graham style deep into the Denver 20 yard line after struggling a bit last year. In all honesty, I put this one in the poll so I could mention the Feely stat.
The Defense -293 total yards allowed
Little bit of a cop out here I know, but the Defense as a whole dominated Denver. And if you ignore the late collapse on the last two drives where Denver gained 177 of their 293 total yards it shows how dominating the Defense really was last night. Stewart Bradley had a pick, Fred Bennett dropped one, Jared Campbell, Marshay Green, Cyril Obiozor, and Will Davis had sacks, and Denver couldn't even get past midfield on most of their drives. The Broncos also only had the ball for 20:37 minutes of the game, just absolute domination.
An honorable mention for this poll is Denver Quarterback Brady Quinn who tried as hard as he could to help the Cardinals defense going four of 12 for 26 yards, losing a fumble, and throwing the pick to Stewart Bradley.