Arizona Cardinals: First quarter grades
If not for the defense, the Cardinals could be staring at 0-4 and not 2-2. The defense came up big in both of their wins, which both came in overtime.
In week two, safety Tyrann Mathieu had a huge interception of Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett in overtime. Then last Sunday the defense bent but didn’t break in the overtime period. They held the 49ers to a field goal attempt and were able to get one more chance to win with a touchdown.
However the defense has been inconsistent. Tackling at times has been suspect. The cornerbacks have been hot and cold. The defensive line is not getting enough pressure on the opposing quarterback.
Now, after four weeks, the Cardinals lost linebacker Markus Golden for the season because of a torn ACL. He lead the team in sacks with 12.5 in 2016.
Overall though they’ve kept the Cardinals in games and that’s all we can ask for at this point. There are going to be a lot of ugly offensive days. Enter the defense. Mathieu still doesn’t look like his old self but appears to be getting there.
The key going forward will be Chandler Jones. Will he now see more double teams with Golden out? Maybe. They need to create some sort of pass rush though.