In every win or loss you can find both positives and negatives over the course of 60 minutes. Today was no exception for the Arizona Cardinals in their 27-24 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
The good: There were a few good things from today’s loss. Quarterback Carson Palmer was good, not great, but good and much better than what the Cards had in 2012. He threw two touchdown passes. Receiver Larry Fitzgerald was good. He doubled his 2012 touchdown total by catching two scores. He had four the entire season in 2012. Rashard Mendenhall has just 60 yards but he only carried 16 times. He did what was asked of him.
The bad: Levi Brown. Let’s be real here. Personally I think it’s time to get rid of him. I thought that time had come a couple of years ago, then he had that decent second half in 2011. Of course he missed all of 2012 so I gave him the benefit of the doubt going into this season. I’m done with him. He’s become too much of a liability. He was constantly beaten and looked really bad a few times. He also had a bad holding call.
The ugly: Turnovers. The Cards got away with a couple as they were able to recover a couple of their own fumbles. If not for the defense, this game could have been over in the third quarter. Palmer got away with a really bad interception to start the third quarter that could have had very negative results. Luckily the defense held the Rams to -3 yards and a field goal. Palmer also lost a fumble in the second half after his first fumble was recovered by the Cards earlier in the game.