Per usual, the good comes first. There were a couple of really good things that happened for the Cardinals on Sunday.
First, receiver John Brown. Welcome back Smokey. He had 10 receptions for 144 yards. He was making a lot of timely and important catches. He was targeted 16 times on Sunday.
Then there is running back David Johnson. He did man’s work again. He carried the ball 17 times for 83 yards. He also caught four passes for 41 yards. He ran hard. He did fumble the ball but it was on a really great play by Rams defensive tackle Dominique Easley. He punched the ball out with Johnson having both hands on the ball.
Before he went out with injury, running back Chris Johnson ran well. He carried the ball six times for 34 yards.
The defense held Rams running back Todd Gurley to just 33 yards on 19 carries. He was not a factor. The Cardinals did a good job preparing for him. This was a definite improvement over their effort against him last season.