Arizona Cardinals Start Off Slow, No Score After First Quarter


Sept. 30, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Members of the Arizona Cardinals huddle during warm ups prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

The opening kickoff should have said how this game was going to go today.  Arizona Cardinals running back William Powell, seeing his first action since the preseason, fumbled the opening kickoff before fullback Anthony Sherman bailed him out with a recovery.  Give the Miami Dolphins credit, they’ve put the defensive pressure on the Cards so far.  The Dolphins though have failed to do anything on offense either.  It is a 0-0 tie going to the second quarter.

The Cardinals defense was a little soft on the pass to start out.  They’ve let Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill throw some nice passes.  He’s getting time to throw.  Now it is time to come out and establish field possession.  They almost had a turnover, a fumble from Reggie Bush, but forward progress had been ruled and therefore the Dolphins held onto the ball.

It’s about the type of game I expected coming in.  They’ve gotten away with a couple of mistakes and unable to take advantage of any on defense.  I imagine we will see the same tight game throughout.  The defensive intensity isn’t as defined as it was last week, something to be expected thanks to the quality of opponent.  The Dolphins though will eventually break through if you let them, so the Cards need to come out in the second quarter with a new found energy.