After week one for the Arizona Cardinals, maybe a sense of urgency is what is needed.
It is not time to panic, it is only one game, but if you are not concerned, then you haven't been paying attention.
Arizona is 1-3 in their last four games and their win was an overtime thriller after their secondary again struggled.
Then there was Sunday night. Imagine if you will a scenario where the Arizona Cardinals beat a contending team without Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, Jared Veldheer, D.J. Humprhies and Markus Golden.
What would the reaction be by Arizona fans? What would opposing fans be thinking?
It is not the end of the season, but it is alarming that there are similar concerns to start the 2016 season as there were to end the 2015 season.
Pass blocking was not very good, Chris Long was one of the highest graded edge players on PFF and Earl Watford did not fair well in his few snaps after Evan Mathis left.
Run game was good but not used enough, 19 carries on the day, two of which were from Carson Palmer, none for Andre Ellington.
Defensively, Julian Edelman is still running around open.
The Arizona Cardinals could not generate consistent pressure, sacking Jimmy Garoppolo only two times, despite having a Patriots offensive line decimated by injuries.
Oh, I know, the Patriots game planned to get the ball out of Garoppolo’s hands quick, so what is the pass rush supposed to do?
One, the offensive scheme used by the Pats is not just one they used for Garoppolo, but one they employ consistently. Tom Brady has led the league in lowest snap to pass time over the last four years. It is the system the Pats use.
Does that mean the pass rush can be a non factor in all of those games where they line up against the team that gets rid of the ball quickly
Some stray overreactions from Twitter.
Two longtime NFL rules held true tonight. Don't bet against Bill Belichick and never believe in the Cardinals hype. #SNF— Greg Esposito (@Espo) September 12, 2016
The Cardinals LOST? To NE at home? Without half their roster?— Kevin...154TD/116INT (@klew24) September 12, 2016
The Cardinals have lost this game on 3rd down defense. And it's not even short stuff - Pats converting long 3rd downs too— Scott Howard (@ScottHoward42) September 12, 2016
The Cardinals got a 45 yard run from David Johnson and then threw it 3 times in a row. Luckily they converted on that 3rd and 10, but still.— Thomas Melton (@TMeltonScouting) September 12, 2016
The Cardinals have a lot of dudes playing DB that can't play DB— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) September 12, 2016
What do you think?
Is this team still an unstoppable force?
Was this game one wake up call what they needed?