Arizona Cardinals Have Their Sights On a Higher Goal
By Earl Burnett
Arizona Cardinals are serving notice on the NFL that they are the real deal. The statement was made loud and clear today at home against a good Philadelphia Eagles team in a 24-20 victory. The statement says to the NFC that this team can beat any one of the top teams in this conference and the super-bowl birth is up for grabs. Arizona has their eyes on a higher prize, and it shows in their focus on the field. When it’s time to go get a drive to win they do it, when it’s time to get a stop to win the game in the fourth quarter, they do it. They do it by all means necessary, and that is literally. The team continues to lose players and fill holes and keep the train steam rolling.
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Down 20-17 with under two minutes to play in the game, Quarterback Carson Palmer hits rookie John Brown on a 75 yard bomb off an awesome double move route. Then the defense does what it has done all season and that’s get stops. Tyrann Mathieu, Deone Bucannon , and Rashad Johnson all defended balls at the end of the game on Philly’s last second attemps to win. What was so impressive was that each of these players were in single coverage, and shut the door on the Eagles. Today the defensive unit bent a little but didn’t break and held it together after losing star corner-back Patrick Peterson to a concussion.
Using a famous saying from Shaquille O’Neal “when the captain of the ship does not panic, the troops do not panic either” Head Coach Bruce Arians displays an unbelievable confidence in his team no matter what the situation is, and his calm and collective demeanor shows in his teams play on the field. In the locker room after the game the team huddled after the Coach speech and the veteran Calais Campbell sounded off in that deep scratchy voice saying “It’s all about the journey” clearly this team has it’s sights on something higher than just a division title.