The Arizona Cardinals got their 11th win of the season on a short week, defeating the St. Louis Rams, 12-6. After falling behind 3-0, Chandler Catanzaro and the Cardinals defense turned things around, and scored 12 of the final 15 points.
What did we learn in the win?
Chandler Catanzaro rebounds well
A week after clanging two field goals off of each upright, Catanzaro came in and converted on all four of his attempts, his long being from 51 yards out. He did not look like a guy under pressure, he looked calm, cool, and knew he was going to hit each kick. He did just that, and is my player of the game.
Kerwynn Williams the real deal
A week after rushing for exactly 100 yards, he followed that up with 75 yards against a tougher defense. It appears he could very well be the answer to a rushing attack that has needed a spark. Williams has not only run well himself, but has seemed to rubbed off on Stepfan Taylor who has run well with excellent patience and vision the last two weeks.
Defense shines in big games
Last week the defense buckled down and helped Drew Stanton and a struggling Cardinals offense find a spark. This week, Stanton lead two scoring drives (three points each), and the Defense did the rest of the work, holding their opponents to 6 straight quarters without a touchdown. After getting gashed in two games, the defense has responded with two excellent defensive performances.
The 'Little Engine that Could'
That summarizes the Cardinals season in a nutshell. Free Agent losses, injuries, more injuries, and even more injuries, the Cardinals have fought their way to the top. They cling to the #1 seed in the NFC by two games as of tonight, and they could very well be down to their fourth quarterback of the season. Ryan Lindley was surprisingly the man to replace Stanton, leaving Thomas on the sideline. We will see if that is the case if Stanton is done long term.
This team takes 'next man up' too seriously
Literally... This team is delving into their reserves of their reserves. Backup to the backup quarterback. Practice squad, turned backup, turned offensive spark in Williams. A slew of other injuries has this team lined up for miles just to see the trainers the day after a game. Hopefully the injury bug has passed us this time around.
Thomas or Lindley?
Which is the lesser of two evils? You have one guy who played a few series after Stanton suffered a concussion against Denver, and looked like a nervous wreck, or the other guy who has yet to throw a touchdown to balance his seven interceptions. We learned that the 2014 season could very well come down to either quarterback.
Arians can win with anyone
Whether it be, Drew Stanton, Carson Palmer, or now Ryan Lindley, Bruce Arians has done nothing but win. He is now 21-9 in his career with Arizona, and has propelled the Cardinals to their first 11 win season since the team moved to the desert. Another Coach of the Year award, coaching records, and perhaps the most wins in a single season for the franchise.
What do you think? Anything else that comes to mind?