Arizona Cardinals Prove Preseason Not a Fluke, Lose to Niners 20-16

NFL Kickoff Weekend.  A glorious weekend, at least for 16 teams.  Your Arizona Cardinals would not be one of those 16 teams.  After struggling most of the first half, the Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers traded leads in the second half, however after the Niners took the lead after a 16 play drive, the Cardinals once again looked a mess on offense and couldn’t score again.

Neither team moved the ball well in the first half.  However Arizona killed themselves with 12 penalties today and two crucial turnovers.  Both factors really kept the Cardinals offense in check.

Arizona had a chance to win the game late in the fourth quarter, however, they looked rushed to get a play off before the two-minute.  I really don’t understand why?  They could have taken their time and not had Warner throw a rushed pass for an incompletion.  Instead, they rushed it, had a terrible call on fourth down and turned it back over to the Niners for good.

The Cardinals have no one to blame for this loss except for themselves.  Also not mentioned was the play of the wide receivers.  Jerheme Urban dropped numerous passes.  Lance Long looked lost.  Fitzgerald looked ok, but he’s had much better days.

The defense, which looked good all day, has no excuse for allowing Niners quarterback Shaun Hill dismantle them on the long winning drive early in the fourth quarter.

Warner looked hurt, looked flustered, and nothing like his Super Bowl season from a year ago.  I think it’s time to hand over the keys to Matt Leinart.  I know this is one game and one loss.  However the preseason really was a pre-cursor to the regular season and Warner’s best days I think a truly behind him.  The magic of 2008 is gone and what follows will probably be something like a 3-13 season.  If they can’t beat the Niners – at home, something if fundamentally wrong with this team.  Plus, it doesn’t help that Todd Haley is no longer calling the shots.

For the Cardinals to win next week at the Jacksonville Jaguars, which is highly unlikely, the offensive line needs to protect better and the trio of Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston all need to be healthy.  Points will once again be at a premium next week.  The Jags only allowed 14 in Indianapolis today despite losing.  Good luck Cards.

Scott Allen

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  • Memo

    “You can’t beat the 49ers at home”? Huh. Last time I checked the Cardinals only won one game more than the 49ers in the 08 season. On top of that games have always been close, like the last game of the season 24-29. To say that the Cardinals would go 3-13 is also absurd. It’s only one game. Penalties were costly. Relax.

  • in a Zona

    Niners will be better than the red birds this season…

    Just wait and watch!

    Old man Kurt is on his last legs and will get hurt within 3 weeks…. get ready for Matty Boy!

  • AZScott

    Memo: 49ers were the better team today. The offensive stats may not show it, however they won the turnover battle and penalties killed the Cards. The better team is always more disciplined and keeps their heads in the game. The Niners were good today. Oh – and if you look at the schedule, the Cards should win 12 games, however, today proved they are reverting back to the old days not being able to win close games. Many of their games will be close this yr. Preseason raised some red flags and many of them showed themselves today. If you can’t beat the Niners at home and take care of business on your own turf, history has proven it will be tough for the Cards. Even last season they went only 3-5 on the road. This year they have road games in Chicago, New York, Jacksonville, and Tennessee – disaster. Before today I thought they could win the Jacksonville and Chicago games. Neither is an offensive juggernaut however the Niners proved today you don’t need to be to beat this team.

  • BPaul

    I don’t know how you make it through a season if you react like this after every game. Basically, the Cardinals win this game if they don’t make the two penalties that put them at 1st and 25 at the end. That is without Breaston and Boldin, who clearly wasn’t himself. The defense played great overall. Wells is a potential dynamo that will alter the game plan as the season continues. Remember, they barely beat the niners at home last year. The Cardinals should be stronger than last year once they get everybody healthy. The absurd comment about Warner doesn’t deserve a response.

  • Ravyn Violette

    ugh I hate know it all’s …I’m watching cardinals vs Jacksonville and I see an excellent game cardinals kicking some but. How many yrs is it going to take for people to respect a team. Pre-season means squat. The opening game means nothing. You want to talk crap about a team, then wait until near the end of the season when all is set in stone. Besides you win some and lose some. Kurt had one bad game and what, because it was the opening game, he is through…apparently you failed to realize the missing component for the opening game. Cardinals didnt have all the peaces for that game. Look at them now. 24-3 currently. If they win, Im not going to be an idiot and say they are super bowl bound but I will say its yet another game they have proven themselves. Its not right to trash talk a team that went out last year and played their hearts out, they earned their trip to the super bowl and played their hearts out also in the super bowl, nearly winning. I dont think Cardinals are disappointed in their team for losing the super bowl. Maybe if they had gone in and done nothing but they did everything. The disappointment comes from just not winning. We walked away from the super bowl still proud of our team. If you want to trash talk a team, do it to a team that goes in and quits before the game ever starts, not to a team that goes in and plays with their hearts and doesn’t quit not even in the last second. As far as I am concerned last year they won the super bowl maybe not the super bowl your thinking but the super bowl of hearts, our hearts they won our hearts. Oh look another touchdown….hmmm

    Kayli :)

    goooooo Cardinals

  • AZScott

    Clearly, my words were not obvious enough. First of all Ravyn, I was not “trash” talking the team. I love the Cardinals. I was merely pointing out facts. Yes it was disappointing to lose. They need to have more consistency – Kurt Warner even said that himself after today’s win. I wasn’t throwing in the towel as you and BPaul seem to think. I was pointing out though that if the team continued to play the way they did last week, they would only win 3 games. Another local TV commentator thought 4 games. It’s true, you can’t shoot yourself in the foot like they did last week. It’s not always about talent or heart. Today, the starters played great, the team had a little 4th qtr letdown when the reserves came in and again showed, you have to play with passion for 60 minutes in the NFL. Today’s result could have easily changed had Jacksonville not shot themselves several times. However – a WIN is a WIN and I’ll take it. It’s all about the W’s in the NFL. You can have all the heart and all the talent, but unless you consistently play that way and play smart, you won’t win very much in the NFL.