Blowout Turns Exciting in 4th, Cards Lose 44-37


Whew.

That may have been the longest last two minutes of an NFL football game, preseason or not, that I have ever experienced.

Just when you thought the Cardinals were out of it, down 38-10 at halftime, the Cards ended up getting to within 1 at 38-37 with 45 seconds left.  They decided to go for the two-point conversion to win the game instead of going for overtime.  In the preseason – it’s the right call, most definitely.  A great time to work on those things. The Cardinals failed in converting, but still got a chance after a failed onside kick was returned for a Green Bay Packers touchdown.  That move, however, gave the Cardinals 33 seconds and 80 yards to tie.  They made it 23 yards down the field before coming up short 44-37.

Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart had a superb second half in relief of starter Kurt Warner, who had a tough night.  Leinart threw for 360 yards in the second half alone.  I really liked Leinart toughness and ability to step up in the pocket.

The Cards looked resolved to being somewhere else in the first half.  They had no passion.  It was a completely different story in the second half.

Stars of the game:

  • Matt Leinart – 360 yards passing, 2 TD’s
  • Reggie Walker – a couple of big stops late
  • Beanie Wells - 7 carries, 46 yds, 2 TD’s in first game
  • Jason Wright -strong runs, hard to tackle, one TD

Guys who will find themselves on the bubble:

  • Early Doucet -  He dropped some important passes.  The game announcers, who were by the way, not very impressive, made it sound like he was a star.  Don’t let them fool you though, Onrea Jones did more for his job than Doucet did tonight.

One more week of preseason left.  Then it’s on to the season opener in two weeks against San Francisco.

Scott Allen

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  • Jesse10

    I think they should do to Warner what they did to Leinart last year. They didn’t even give Matt a chance. He had one bad pre season game against the Raiders, then they give the job to Warner, what a joke! And what Leinart did the other day, he clearly showed that he is ready to be a super star qb in this league. He had over 300 yards in one half against the packers who are a quality team. Right now Leinart and Warner are the same style Qb’s who make quick decisions, understand where to go with the ball, are both cluch in key situation and 3rd downs, but like we have seen the entire pre season they are getting to Warner way to easy. Leinart is no Vick, but he does have a great pocket presence and avoids many for sure sacks against Warner. I’m just saying that with Fitzgerald, Breaston, and Boldin- Leinart can do just as good if not better than Warner and why have a Qb that plagues you offense because one guy barely gets a hand on him and it’s a sack.

  • http://raisingzona.com Scott Allen (azscott)

    Good points Jesse. I would say let’s not pull the plug so fast on Warner. Warner, sure, he hasn’t played very well, but neither have the receivers or many others. I will say this. I would not be surprised though that if Warner struggles like this in the regular season, to see the hook and Leinart given his opportunity. With Warner signing a 2 yr contract though, I find it difficult what happened to Leinart will happen to Warner in the preseason. Its just a different year, different situation.

  • Jesse10

    See that’s what frustrates me! Leinart signed a 6 year 51 million dollar contract and they yanked him. Warner is old and should be the back up! If they would of left Leinart in the whole season he would of done great. Quite frankily many qb’s would with that recieving core. It has to be one of the beat I’ve seen in about 10 years. But with Warner not being able to move really limits their offense. A lot of people might not remember but Warner couldn’t even side step or get away from one defender on the last play of the super bowl to throw a hail mary to even give Fitzgerald a chance to make a play. Leinart would of made that play, any normal moving QB in the NFL would of. But if Warner didn’t have a good blocking line and receivers that could run after the catch and make plays, he would be nothing just like he was after the Rams lost some lineman and key receivers. I really think Leinart deserves the job over Warner this year if they want to get back to the super bowl.

  • http://undrafteds.com/ Chris Farmer

    Good points. I am high on this Reggie Walker kid, UDF from K State, I sure hope he makes the team b/c by my count he was key on two goal line stands Preseason Game 2, and made another one vs the Pack. Also pretty sure I spotted him getting reps with the first team D.

  • http://undrafteds.com/ Chris Farmer

    oops. just adding so I can check the box for follow up comments:)

  • http://raisingzona.com Scott Allen (azscott)

    Hey Chris, Reggie Walker was a bit of a surprise for me. They called his name more than once on Friday night. I hope to hear it more on Thursday and he helps solidfy himself a spot on the roster.