Arizona Cardinals Trail Denver Broncos 7-6 After 1st Quarter


Oct 5, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) at the line of scrimmage during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals started off the game looking like they might get a touchdown on the first drive.  Then they made mistakes and and had to settle for a field goal, again.  Then the Denver Broncos ended up going down the field to get a touchdown on their first drive.

The Cards had a first and goal at the nine yard line but lost a chance to score a touchdown on a Rob Housler drop.  Why the Cards continue to incorporate him in the offense is beyond me?  After losing some yardage, they had to settle for a Chandler Catanzaro field goal to put the Cards up 3-0.

It ended up biting the Cards quickly.  Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning wasted little time in getting his 500th touchdown pass to none other than a tight end.  Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, who I identified earlier as a key to stopping, caught the milestone pass.

The Cards ended up going down the field and getting another Catanzaro field goal.   He is now 11-11 for the season.  I think the Cards have themselves a kicker.  What they do need is to find a way to get plays off on time.  They used all of their timeouts in the first quarter.