The 2017 Arizona Cardinals season has started on the wrong foot with a loss on the road to the Detroit Lions, especially with the loss of rising star David Johnson. By now we’ve all read that David Johnson will miss playing time due to a wrist injury requiring surgery which sent him to the injured reserve.
The Cardinals offense seemed to stagnate immediately after Johnson left the field to head back to the locker room for review. The two point lead the Cardinals held going into the fourth quarter wasn’t enough to hold off Matthew Stafford suddenly getting hot and throwing deep strikes against a defense that had kept the Lion’s offense in check for the first three quarters.
The Cardinals will face the Indianapolis Colts (0-1) who will be without their star quarterback, Andrew Luck, and are coming off of a tough loss to the Rams who were able to score 46 points in the season opener.
The Cardinals had their own difficulties giving up 35 points, but they were able to score 23 points on offense as opposed to the Colts 9 total points.
Comparing the week 1 stats from each team the Cardinals passing offense greatly outpaced the production of a troubled Scott Tolzein, but Jacoby Brissett took the field late in the game and faired slightly better, although only on three passing attempts. The Cardinals don’t know if they’ll be facing Tolzein or Brissett in week 2, but it will be an addition east coast road game and the Cardinals have not faired well on the road.
The Cardinals and Colts defense stack up pretty evenly with the Cardinals allowing more rushing yards and the Colts allowing slightly more passing yards. With the Cardinals having lost David Johnson the run game looks to suffer as Kerwynn Williams takes over the lead role in the backfield and he will split carries with Ellington and Chris Johnson meaning the Cardinals passing game may be more featured.
After the Colts gave up a combined 46 points through turnovers and long drives from the opposing offense, the Cardinals will hope to create a similar event to spring board their season after a tough loss and show the pundits that they can win the games they’re supposed to win.