It was not the prettiest of wins. The Cardinals did not deserve to win this game, but in typical Cardinal fashion, they pulled the game out of the hat at the last second. We learned some notable things about this team, but we still have plenty of questions surrounding them.
So what exactly have we learned?
The Cardinals offense looks like this is what we can expect all season. They once again struggled to move the ball, and score in the red zone. Palmer made poor decisions again, as he now has two touchdowns to four interceptions in two weeks.
The running game will be something to keep an eye on. Chris Johnson averaged 4.4 yards per rush, and lead the team in carries. He expects to be the featured option going forward.
The receivers were mediocre. Jaron Brown struggled all game but made some crucial catches at key moments. JJ Nelson stuck out in place of John Brown, and scored the teams only touchdown.
Defensively the secondary was good. They held Jacoby Brissett to 216 yards, no touchdowns, and a pick. He only completed 54% of his passes and had a 60.2 rating. Bethel had a good bounce-back game, after being maligned for giving up two touchdowns late in Detroit.
Haason Reddick and Karlos Dansby struggled mightily in coverage, as both were beat frequently by Colt tight ends. Bettcher did have both players cover two of the Colts faster receivers on a couple of plays so that factors into the evaluation.
Phil Dawson was signed to make those clutch kicks at the end of the game. He made his first attempt, but Pagano froze him on his second attempt. Luckily Arizona gave him a second chance in OT and he made sure to hit that one.
Andy Lee lacks hang time it seems. He booted a number of long kicks but did not put enough under it to allow his gunners to get downfield. Budda Baker saved two big returns with his fantastic open field tackles.
Speaking of Budda, he was all over the field on Sunday. He covered about 20 yards between him and his receiver to hold him to a five-yard gain. There’s no way he is not starting by seasons end.
Is there something you learned from watching the game? Positives or negatives? Be sure to comment and discuss below.