Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks to pass while under pressure from Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) and defensive end Israel Idonije (77) during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Jay Feely has to be feeling good. He went 4-4 on Sunday on field goals and those 12 points helped the Arizona Cardinals in their victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He’d probably be the first to agree though that he’d rather kick extra points instead. The Cards found the end zone twice on offense on Sunday, however it sure felt like they could have cashed several more in.
The Cards squandered a particularly great chance when defensive end Calais Campbell recovered a Matthew Stafford fumble at the Detroit seven yard line early in the third quarter. The Cards managed just two yards and had to settle for a field goal. It was something we’ve seen a lot of in the past couple of years and also with this group in the preseason.
Everyone will tell you they’d rather have touchdowns. Now, I’ll take any score the Cards can muster but the Cards will only be able to secure games with touchdowns. They could have settled for one late in the game to take a 22-21 lead but they were able to sustain the drive and give running back Rashard Mendenhall the ball for the score that put them up 25-21 permanently. Four field goals against just two touchdowns though will still get you beat on a lot of Sunday’s. Things are getting better but it is definitely still a work in progress.