Nov 17, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks to throw during the first half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
Post Game Reaction to Cardinals and Jaguars
Phew, glad that’s over!
I mostly joke but man that was a nasty start to a game. I truly think that some players on defense underestimated the Jaguars ability to move the ball. I don’t know if the Jaguars offensive line was really that great or if the Cardinals defensive lineman just weren’t ready, but I expected the defense to pumel the Jaguars. Luckily this Cardinals team is great with second half adjustments and it showed as the defense shut out the Jaguars for three quarters. I really hoped that the Cardinals wouldn’t allow a single touchdown to keep the streak alive (never want streaks broken on your watch) but “oh well.”
On offense, the Cardinals run game was..well it made me want to pull my hair out. Luckily Babin pulled out enough for the both of us as he tackled Andre Ellington and came out with a fist full of dreads…
Short of the run game the Cardinals offense looked solid as Carson Palmer got a big monkey off of his back. He finally had a game this season without an interception. Not to say that he almost did have one count which, luckily for him, was called back. Once that interception was called back, Carson seemed a lot more comfortable and continued to sling it, including a BOMB to Floyd who decided to go off on the Jaguars defense. I am really impressed with Floyd’s growth this year and am very confident in our receiving core going forward.
Side note the special teams for the Cardinals was just lacking this week. Jay’s kickoffs were flat, Peterson muffs another punt, and Bethel left early with a concussion. Hopefully Bethel can get back on the field as his presence was missed on punts and kickoffs last Sunday.
All in all, a win is a win which keeps us into the hunt for a playoff spot. The Panthers aren’t making it an easy battle as they beat the Patriots last night. But look for the Cardinals to have big statement games against their upcoming opponents. I don’t want to look to far ahead but the Colts, Eagles, Rams, & Titans aren’t unbeatable. The Cardinals have a tough stretch, but if they play it right they can do some great work to close out the year.