Ryan Lindley Gets Arizona Cardinals Off To Quick Start

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley got a monkey off his back in the first drive of the game

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley has looked nothing like the Lindley of last week or 2012.  He lead the Cardinals to a quick 7-0 lead over the San Francisco 49ers for his first touchdown pass of his career.  It didn’t last long though.

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The 49ers took all of four plays to even things up on a 76-yard pass from quarterback Colin Kaepernick to receiver Anquan Boldin.  A flag was thrown on the play but the referees ended up picking it up and the score counted.  The score tied the game at 7-7 and that’s where we stand at the end of the first quarter.

On the second offensive drive the Cardinals moved the ball well once again.  A nice mix of runs and passes.  Lindley’s passes have looked much better than ever before.  Unfortunately the Cards ended up punting because running back Kerwynn Williams lost seven yards on a rush to take him them out of field goal range.

The defense needs to help Lindley though.  If they continue to give up big plays it won’t matter how well Lindley plays.  The Cardinals aren’t going to win with offense alone.  They need to step up.

Of course it doesn’t help the Cardinals are without linebacker Larry Foote.  Foote is usually very active in the middle and without his services the Cardinals could suffer all afternoon.

Lindley is 7-11 for 92 yards and a touchdown pass so far.  Stepfan Taylor leads Cardinals rushers with four carries for 16 yards.  If the Cards can keep a nice balance between run and pass then the offense can remain manageable for Lindley all afternoon.