Arizona Cardinals Once Again Blow Opportunities in 31-17 Loss to Packers
By Scott Allen
Nov 4, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
The Arizona Cardinals had their chances on Sunday. Many of them. Every time the Cards seemingly got a break, something would go against them. The offense, which was a little better today than it was last Monday night, couldn’t keep up with the defensive lapses. However the offense had it’s chances too. However poor play calling and turnovers hurt the Cards again in a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Cards quarterback John Skelton had time to throw the ball for the most part on Sunday. He took his shots and Cards receivers Andre Roberts and Larry Fitzgerald came up big for him However there were times Skelton forced passes and missed reads and it cost the Cards the opportunity to move the ball more.
After falling down 24-7 in the third quarter, the Cards started on the comeback trail. A beautiful catch and run for touchdown by Fitz brought the Cards to 24-14. Then the Cards made their best defense stop of the day on the next drive getting the ball back. The Cards drove all the way down inside the five and then on third and one, they took Fitz out, brought in LaRod Stephens-Howling, who had a decent day himself, and he was stuffed on a run up the middle. The play calling at times was mind boggling, again. Someone needs to start being held accountable for the very suspect play calling.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had himself a day. He threw for four touchdowns against an overrated Cards defense. Granted, it was Rodgers, but the Cards defensive secondary just looked clueless at times. They also missed some very important tackles. The missed tackles over the past several weeks have also become a point of contention. This defensive squad over the past five weeks looks nothing like what it was over the first four weeks.
The Packers lost receiver Jordy Nelson early but it really didn’t matter thanks to receiver Randall Cobb who also had a very nice day, not only at receiver but also on special teams.
Now it will be time once again to asses where the Cards are at, especially going into the bye week. It is not too soon to start making changes on and off the field. It might be time to blow this thing up. They face the Atlanta Falcons after the bye week and we all know how good they are. It isn’t going to get any better, so start the over haul now. Please.