Another Slow Start For Cardinals, Down 7-0 To Rams


The St. Louis Rams made their touchdown drive look too easy

The Arizona Cardinals have looked slow.  They’ve committed a couple of bad penalties.  They are having a tough time tackling.  It has all lead to the St. Louis Rams 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

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Both teams traded punts to start the game but then after a personal foul penalty on Paul Fanaika set the Cardinals back 15 yards on their second drive, it gave the Rams great field position.  Then the Rams were able to methodically move the ball down the field.  They eventually scored on a Bennie Cunningham three-yard touchdown run.  It was his fourth in his last six games.

The Cardinals offensive line has not given quarterback Carson Palmer much time to throw the ball.  Rams defensive end Robert Quinn sacked him on the Cardinals first drive.  A couple of drives later safety T.J. McDonald came in untouched on his blind side and got a sack as well.

Mistakes everywhere.  On the play after the McDonald sack, Cardinals tight end John Carlson dropped yet another pass.  That is getting real old.  The Cards don’t need to be perfect but playing just average would be enough to be competitive.  For now, they aren’t playing very competitive.

The Cardinals will need to make some quick adjustments on both sides of the ball or this could be a long afternoon.  Te biggest adjustment being the offensive line needs to give Palmer some time to throw the ball.