Cardinals Have Rough Third Quarter, Allow Seahawks to Tie 13-13


Sept. 9, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) hands off the ball to tight end Anthony McCoy (85) in the second quarter against Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton finally came around and started showing his true colors.  His first drive of the third quarter was in a word pathetic.  After recovering a fumble, Skelton could only move the ball four yards deep in the Seattle Seahawks zone.  Then on the next drive he was intercepted trying to throw the ball away.  Going to the fourth quarter it is a tie game at 13.

After Skelton had a nice first half, he regressed a bit in that third quarter, almost playing like a rookie.  This was the issue I had with Skelton in the first place.  Now is the time to show what he is made of going into a tight game at home in the fourth quarter.

Also leading to great Seahawks field possession was an 85-yard kickoff return by Seahawks kick returner Leon Washington.  A great saving tackle by Rob Housler only delayed the inevitable though.

The Cards offensive line also seemed to regress a little as the Hawks get a better push on them.  The Cards moved the ball hardly at all.  They had no running game in the third quarter either.  We could be in for an even tougher fourth quarter if the offense can’t move the ball.