After such a a good first quarter, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley didn’t start off the second so well, throwing a pick six to the St. Louis Rams‘ Janoris Jenkins, quickly tying the game at 7-7. The feel good first quarter was quickly a distant memory. The Cards got the ball back and couldn’t move it on their first drive but Lindley righted the ship quickly, getting the Cards back on top 14-7. The defense has continued to play very well, including an end zone interception by Patrick Peterson.
Daryl Washington recorded his ninth sack of the season, going in untouched to knock Rams quarterback Sam Bradford down on a third down, forcing the Rams to punt. The defense also has set Rams running back Steven Jackson in their sights. They have not allowed him to get free today.
On special teams, Peterson almost broke his third touchdown against the Rams on a punt return. A great shoe-string tackle saved Peterson from scoring. Peterson had two returns for touchdowns last season. Then again, you all knew that!
As I was saying a minute ago, on the second drive of the quarter, once again Lindley moved the ball well. He threw a great ball to tight ends Jeff King and Rob Housler. Two plays later, Cards running back Beanie Wells got his second touchdown of the game, giving the Cards the 14-7 lead.
Unfortunately, the Cards defense allowed the Rams to run down the field before halftime to allow them to tie the game at 14-14. Cards cornerback William Gay got beat…again. It’s becoming a trend that must be dealt with.
The Cards got one more shot and Lindley led the team down the field for a Jay Feely field goal to take a 17-14 halftime lead. A beautiful two-minute drive by Lindley. It may end up being the difference today. Cards get the ball to start the second half.