The Arizona Cardinals offense put out possibly their worst performance of the season
They looked lost at times. The Arizona Cardinals play calling was suspect and the offense looked lifeless in a 17-3 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Quarterback Josh Rosen looked very much like a rookie. However, at this point after playing for two months, you’d expect some progression. Instead it appeared he regressed.
He failed to get the ball to receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the first half. He finally hit Fitz in the third quarter. Fitz now has the most receptions for the same team in NFL history, passing San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice.
That was the most positive thing to happen all day. The running game was non-existent. That lead to more throws from Rosen. He went 26-41 for 240-yards and a costly pick sick to Lions cornerback Darius Clay for a 67-yard score in the third quarter. It gave the Lions an insurmountable 10-0 lead.
It looked like for awhile the Cardinals might not score. They had all of 87-yards of offense in the first half. They actually out-gained the Lions in the end 279-218.
The Lions controlled the line of scrimmage with 122-yards rushing though. It looked like the Cardinals defense of the first month when they couldn’t stop anyone.
You can blame injuries or what have you but honestly the Cardinals just looked lifeless. The play calling was not very good. David Johnson caught eight passes for 12-yards. That’s right, 12-yards on eight receptions.
Johnson carried the ball 15 times for 49-yards. But the Cardinals didn’t run much in the second half, even though the game was still very much in doubt, at least from a scoreboard standpoint.
However it did seem like it was over after the Clay interception for touchdown. You just knew this wasn’t going to be their day today.
Fans booed the Cardinals off the field going to the locker room at halftime. They deserved it. At this point, the season can’t get over with fast enough.
Next week the Cardinals head east to face the Atlanta Falcons. Then home to face the Los Angeles Rams and finish out at the Seattle Seahawks on December 30th.