It was a game to forget for the Arizona Cardinals, but for Deone Bucannon, it was a day that will be hard to forget.
His body will be reminding him of the beating he took in the Arizona Cardinals 24-6 loss to the Washington Redskins, one that included a number of lowlights for the Arizona Cardinals linebacker.
A brief defense of Bucannon, his nemesis in the Cardinals loss, Trent Williams, is perhaps the best left tackle in football.
When healthy, there is no doubt he is a top three player at his position and has been one of the best for some time now.
So, when the Cardinals watched back the film of what Williams did to Bucannon on Sunday, the aches and pains will come back.
The struggle was real on Sunday for the Cardinals and their linebacker.
An innocent punch with his off hand, it seems as though this is one that just caught Deone off guard, but maybe it was more of a sign of what was to come.
Is there anything better than the initial sight of seeing Trent climbing to the 2nd level and getting out in space? I know just know there's a >95% chance someone is getting wrecked: pic.twitter.com/oXgRehfSC9— Brandon Thorn (@VeteranScout) September 11, 2018
The read and react by Bucannon is a thing of beauty, but he was mauled by Trent Williams on this play that sprung it for a big play.
This is the opposite, Bucannon reads incorrectly, is late and by the time he is headed in the right direction, Williams was there to take his lunch money again.
Every time Buccanon is in Trent's vicinity he is getting mauled: pic.twitter.com/4GVJTDpCIX— Brandon Thorn (@VeteranScout) September 11, 2018
It was a long day for Bucannon, but this also shows a critical flaw in the Cardinals defensive set up as constructed.
When you look at the clips, there are four, only one of which was it a bad read that got Bucannon in trouble.
No, instead much of the issue from the game stems from the fact that Bucannon just got beat at the point of attack.
That means there is not a ton for the backers to clean up against the run in terms of assignments, it will just be about executing better.
The problem... Bucannon has to face Andrew Whitworth this week.