It was just a mirage. Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton looked pretty darn good in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. He was 11-17 for 124 yards in the first half. In the second half he was just horrible to put it simply. The Hawks offense wasn’t much better but they didn’t need to be with the short fields the Cards kept giving them thanks to kick/punt returner Leon Washington. His long kick and punt returns put Seattle in a position to win 16-13. Then Kevin Kolb happened. After Skelton got hurt and was carted off with a knee injury, Kolb took the Cards down the field for a touchdown pass to Andre Roberts to lead the Cards to a 20-16 victory.
There was a lot of confusion at the end of the game as the refs mistakenly allowed the Seahawks to use a fourth timeout, not taking one away during an injury stop in play. Per what was heard on the telecast, the refs made the wrong call there. The Cards defense though rose to the challenge, and overcame two pass interference calls, to secure win number one.
The Arizona running game was also non-existent. Neither Beanie Wells or Ryan Williams were able to get any penetration into the secondary of the Hawks. Williams had a fumble and Wells just didn’t play that much. You just have to hope this was more Seattle defense than it was the Cards running game.
There was a brief Early Doucet sighting which was nice. Roberts had a nice 15-yard run in the first half but had a bad drop later on. He redeemed that drop with the touchdown catch though.
Back to Kolb though, his one drive was exactly the reason why I was behind him all preseason long. He looked focused and at his best. He was better in that drive than all preseason. He seemed to have zip on the ball. I really still don’t understand why Cards fans can’t have a little more class though. No reason to boo Kolb. you want Kolb to be confident coming in for an injured Skelton. Have some class!
A win is a win and I’ll take it. Next week it gets much tougher at the New England Patriots. Let’s get it!