Arizona Cardinals To Clean Up Miscues On Offense
By Earl Burnett
Flashes of what the offense can be was on display Sunday in a 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cards are still leaving explosive plays on the field, but they continue to make enough to win when it counts. One of the things that continues to plaque this team each week is crucial dropped passes that cause missed scoring opportunities as a result.
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Sundays opening drive receiver Michael Floyd had a perfect pass from quarterback Carson Palmer hit him directly in the chest in the corner of the end –zone, and the team ended that drive with a punt. A score there would have given the team the seven point lead first, but it allowed Philly to march down and get the game’s first points. The last part of the game when the score was 17-14, John Carlson drops a crucial pass in the back of the end-zone which could have allowed them to take over the game late. Would be touchdowns can come back to bite you later in big games. Cards do a great job making up for those miscues on the defensive end.
The best time to get the offense right is the second half of the season, seeing that the first half they have sputtered at times. The speed of rookie John Brown will open up many more doors of opportunity for big plays downfield after an electric play like the one he ended the game with this weekend. Defenses will certainly have to be aware of him along with the speed threat of Andre Ellington out of the backfield. Look for the Cards point totals to go up a bit in the second half of the season.
Quarterback Carson Palmer has been the calm leader this team needed since the Kurt Warner era. Palmer’s numbers are solid even after missing four weeks with an arm injury, and currently has eight touchdowns for 1,136 yards and only one interception. Palmer knows how to handle the team’s success with humility and guarding against getting to high. He was also concerned about the opportunities left on the field and said “we need to clean that stuff up” Larry Fitzgerald added “ we have to do a better job at not going long periods of time without scoring points” Once this gets fixed, the Cardinals will be the team no one wants to play come playoff time.