Cardinals Drew Stanton Momentum Help To Finish Off The Rams
By Earl Burnett
The performance of Drew Stanton in relief of the injured Carson Palmer played a big part to the Arizona Cardinals team psyche.
Everything was starting to go down hill in the game, as the team was struggling on offense before the injury. The Cardinals could not run the ball at all, and could not finish consecutive drives. Rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed his first kick after 16 straight made field-goals.
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The Rams had all of the momentum heading into the final stretch of the game. The Palmer injury sucked the life out of the stadium and this game had loss written all over it.
Stanton’s 48 yard touchdown strike to rookie John Brown re-energized the building and the fans hopes in what this team is trying to accomplish.
Drew Stanton has the luxury to ride that home momentum into the next game and lead the team to its sixth straight victory. If that is not enough motivation for Stanton, then the facing of one of his ex-teams in the Detroit Lions will sure fire him up. It is also helpful that Head Coach Bruce Arians is not treating Stanton like a back-up quarterback, and nothing will change in game planning.
Stanton will have to have a better completion percentage going forward to help the Cardinals utilize all of the weapons they have at their disposal. Currently just under 50% will not win playoff games, but more reps in practice should help that cause. One thing that is very comforting in this situation for the Cardinals is that the team does not rely totally on their quarterback to win games, they have other dynamic ways starting with their defense.
Stanton should be fine through this test and he will prove to be more than just a back-up in this league, and will help the Cardinals finish up strong.