For 59 minutes and 57 seconds, the Cards pretty much had the game in their hands. With three seconds to go, Arizona Cardinals cornerback, probably soon-not-to-be, Marshay Green, allowed the San Diego Chargers Billy Volek to pick him apart for a touchdown and the 34-31 win. The Cards offense was a different story Saturday night. Kevin Kolb played his best game as an Arizona Cardinal yet, a game that included an 80-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald.
For the most part the defense wasn’t that great all night. Pass defense was especially hit hard, again. The Cards showed their lack of depth in the defensive secondary. Unless something drastically changes, it will be the same story all season long. A.J. Jefferson got beat on a touchdown pass, one he failed to turn around for. He has to be able to turn and see the ball in the end zone. It’s the only way to defense a pass into the end zone. Greg Toler left the game early with an injury. The lone bright spot on defense, in my opinion, was Patrick Peterson returning an interception for touchdown, something he never did at LSU.
The only difference it seems right now between last year and this year is the Cards will score more points. I see most games having scores much like tonight’s game. The defense is going to have to reinvent the bend but don’t break mentality if they want to win more games than they lose in 2011.
There is one preseason game left this upcoming Thursday against the Denver Broncos. To me, it is the most meaningless game of the season, but don’t tell that to the 80 guys vying for the 53 spots on Thursday night. Rosters must be cut down from 90 to 80 this week and then to 53 next weekend.