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7 Winners and 1 Loser in the Arizona Cardinals 28-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers

The Arizona Cardinals won for the first time in 2018. Let's enjoy it.

Arizona Cardinals v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals are on the board.

While the offense is still ugly, at best, the team did enough to win the day and the game.

It was what this team has desperately needed and should help get them into a place where they have a bit more confidence in their defense.

Here are the winners and losers coming out of the Cardinals 28-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers.


Steve Wilks - He has stayed the course, he did not panic and he has a win. Whether you agree or disagree with his way of coaching doesn’t matter today, all that matters is that the Cardinals are not going 0-16. We’ll worry about the rest of it as the season progresses.

Chandler Jones - May have been the best player on the field today. Six tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack, a pass defensed and two quarterback hits, Jones was completely dominant against one of the greats the game has seen at left tackle in Joe Staley.

Haason Reddick - I don’t know what made Wilks and Al Holcomb make the move, but it paid dividends. Eight tackles, one for a loss, one sack and two passes defensed, he’s not great yet, but the numbers were great today.

Josh Bynes - 11 tackles, nine solo, one sack, one tackle for loss, one pass defensed and a scoop and score touchdown. Fantastic game from the most consistent defensive player for 2018.

Budda Baker - Completely game changing after an early pass interference call. He had 16 total tackles, also had a sack and a tackle for a loss.

The defense I missed - Corey Peters, Tre Boston, Bene Benwikere, Rodney Gunter, and anyone else tonight.

David Johnson - Usage still sucks, but he ran hard and did exactly what the Cardinals needed him to do.


49ers - The Cardinals offense gave the 49ers every opportunity to win this game, but they are undoubtedly the least talented team in the league with all the injuries they’ve sustained.

That’s it tonight. There are plenty of negatives to take from this game, but let’s avoid those tonight and enjoy the Arizona Cardinals first win of the Steve Wilks era.