Arizona Cardinals Don’t Look Pretty, but Win 43-13
The Arizona Cardinals finally won a game. It doesn't matter much in the standings at this point, but a win is a win after the Cards crushed the Denver Broncos 43-13. It wasn't much of a scoring affair early in rookie quarterback John Skelton's debut, but the defense played well enough and the Broncos offense listless enough to break the Cards seven game losing streak.
Jay Feely was the star of the game though, scoring on a fake field goal run and kicking five field goals, scoring 22 points on his own. He was only the fourth kicker to score a touchdown in the past 40 years.
The fourth quarter was the story as were the Broncos turnovers, which included three interceptions of Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton. Orton, although his passing numbers were better than Skelton, they really weren't that good on a day Skelton didn't need to perform all that well. Skelton finished the day with zero interceptions. He didn't turn the ball over, although he did fumble a snapped ball which he got back. I'll take it though. Skelton didn't lose this game and that's all you can ask on his first career start.
The running game took over in the fourth quarter. Tim Hightower rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns, although he did fumble again on Sunday. He is going to need to learn to take better care of the ball. his fumble occurred while he was going to the ground.
It's something to build on I suppose, but there is still much work to do. I've always had this game pegged as a win, even before the season started. Denver certainly is not a yardstick to measure where the Cards are at. The next three games will pretty much all say the same thing, no matter the outcome. For today, victory is ours.