Sep 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook (89) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) during the second half at Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated Arizona 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Defense, Fast Start Keys To Arizona Cardinals Victory

The Arizona Cardinals have notoriously gotten off to some slow starts this year.  However, when they’ve started off fast, for the most part it has been successful.  Two weeks ago they got off to a fast start against the Indianapolis Colts.  They got off to a fast start offensively against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Same against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Cards defense though has kept them in games in which it took awhile for the Cards to get going.  You can point to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  How about that slow offensive start but great defensive start against the Carolina Panthers, which still happens to be the last Panthers loss this season?

There is one exception to the fast start and not finishing and that was against the New Orleans Saints.  We’ll give the Cards a mulligan on that one.  New Orleans is a tough place to play once the Saints get going.  Tomorrow at home against the St. Louis Rams, the Cards need that fast start from both the offense and the defense.

Both the Cards and Rams started off slow in week one but then both picked it up on offense.  The Cards defense though ended on a sour note, not being able to hold the Rams offense, namely tight end Jared Cook, from moving the ball and scoring a comeback victory.  If the Cards can try to follow the same formula that helped them in their recent four-game winning streak, then the Cards should be able to get revenge on the Rams at home on Sunday.

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