In yet another laughable effort by the coaching staff and offense, the Cardinals were man-handled in the 2nd half of the game by the rival Rams. The only word that can describe this game is "pathetic".
Rookie QB Ryan Lindley started the game off well, going 7-8 on the opening drive, and 17-24 for 175 yards with 1 interception. Although he had no TD's, he still led the team on two scoring drives, which has become a rare sight in this long, dreary season. RB Beanie Wells, coming back off an injury early in the season, scored the team's only TD's for the day, converting two carries into scoring plays. He ended the day with 17 rushes for 48 yards, and two TD's. However, after the 1st half, Lindley and the offense just went spiraling down. In addition to a pick-6 to CB Janoris Jenkins in the 2nd quarter, Lindley threw three more interceptions to the Rams defenders. Two went to S Craig Dahl and LB James Laurinaitis, while another was picked off again by Jenkins, who also ran it in for his second pick-6 of the day. Lindley ended the day 31-52 for 0 TD's, 4 interceptions (2 of which were pick-6's), and a QB rating of 44.7. After such an inspiring start to the game, Lindley and the offense completely fell apart, reverting to the way they looked last week, against the Atlanta Falcons.
The defense yet again was forced to carry the team. The final score truly is a mis-representation of the job done by the Cardinals defense. Rams QB Sam Bradford was held to 8-17 for 205 yards, and although he did have two TD's, the defense did a fantastic job putting pressure on him, especially in the red-zone. CB Patrick Peterson intercepted Bradford once in the end-zone, saving the Cardinals from an even more disastrous score. For a large part of the game, the Cardinals still had hope, due to Ray Horton and co. Horton will definitely be a candidate for Head Coach, if Coach Whiz is indeed put on the hot seat for his job.
The Cardinals Special Teams had a decent day. K Jay Feely was 1-1 on FG's, and William Powell led the team in returning with 3 for 68 yards. Patrick Peterson also returned 4 punts for 59 yards.
The time of possession for the Cardinals was 32:31 minutes, vs. 27:28 for the Rams. They had 24 1st downs, punted 6 times, and committed 7 penalties, which resulted in 56 yards for the Rams.
Next week, the Cardinals travel to New York to take on the Jets. In a battle between two train-wreck teams, it will definitely be entertaining to watch.
But from the looks of it, most Cardinals fans are already turning to the draft.