Nov 17, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores a 14 yard touchdown during the first quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
In the first quarter it appeared we could be preparing for a shootout, but the Arizona Cardinals offense stalled and the defense woke up a little to keep the Jacksonville Jaguars out of the end zone.
One of the biggest reasons the Cards offense has stalled a bit are penalties. They are taking too many dumb penalties. Even if it appears that Jeff Triplette and his crew are clearly having a rough day so far. To me, it appears he may not even know he is in Jacksonville.
There were also a couple of plays where big gains could have been had. Receiver Michael Floyd dropped a couple of passes and Cards quarterback Carson Palmer also overthrew a couple of wide open receivers. Floyd however made up for it with a couple of great catches on the last offensive drive of the half that led to the Cards second score.
The defense also clamped up and slow the Jags offense down. Calais Campbell finally recorded the Cards first sack of the game with about four and a half minutes left in the half. Overall, it was about the type of game I expected to be honest. You have a Cards team in the hunt for the playoffs against a team that just won their first game last week and are winless at home. It was the perfect storm for a let down. For now, I’ll take the 14-14 ties at halftime. The Cards will get the ball to start the second half.