Sept. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker O
Wow — what a game! I don’t think I have thoroughly enjoyed watching a Cardinals game from beginning to end as much as I did this past Sunday since the Cardinals dismantled the Carolina Panthers in the playoffs in 2008. There’s something nice about totally dominating another team, when it’s expected to be a close game.
Here are nine observations about the game:
1) Once again Kevin Kolb was very efficient. Not fantastic, but who needs to be fantastic when your defense is so strong. The Cardinals played with a lead for the entire game, and all Kolb needs to do was not make mistakes. He didn’t — and I’m very satisfied with his performance.
2) How about that play action pass for a touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald? Great call! We have not seen much play action from Kolb, but that’s another weapon the Cardinals can use in their arsenal, especially if they can get the run game going early and take a lead in the first half.
3) Michael Vick was officially sacked five times, but with all the hits and hurries he experienced, it felt like a lot more. The Cardinals defensive line was relentless. They fully picked apart the Eagles offensive line, leaving Vick with little time to find a receiver or scramble out of the pocket.