We’re visiting my uncle this weekend for the Long Beach Half Marathon. On his voicemail last night confirming plans, he said he was watching the game, “A very boring game.”
I don’t think that last night’s game was boring—and not just because the Cards won. The game was close through three quarters. That said, Cardinals fans should not come away from this game feeling like this team is going to roll through the bye week. The San Francisco 49ers are a bad football team, and a league-average quarterback would have dismantled the secondary. The offense still has not put up a point in the first quarter and is entirely made up of David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald.
The Cards have a long break to get healthy and rested before another home game against a terrible New York Jets team. There are a lot of pieces to like about this team; we just have to hope they all come together in time to salvage a playoff spot.
Markus Golden, OLB Golden is quickly developing into the relentless player that we hoped he’d be when we drafted him. He’s like Fred Wakefield, only talented. Avoid the temptation to consider Golden more than a complementary pass rusher.
David Johnson, RB Nearly 200 yards from scrimmage and two TDs. If the Arizona Cardinals had a better record, Johnson would be considered an MVP candidate right now. He had 30 touches, which is not a sustainable pace for 16 games.
Calais Campbell, DT Breakthrough game for the Big Man, who had 2 sacks (including a safety) and an interception. Few things are better for a Cardinals fan than seeing Calais Campbell smiling. He remains one of the 5 best 3-4 linemen in the NFL.
Jaron Brown, WR With Michael Floyd effectively benched from passing situations (he played a number of snaps in a blocking role), Brown had an opportunity to seize a role. Instead, Brown came up empty on 3 targets.
D.J. Humphries, OT It may be time to start paying more attention to the second-year tackle. He’s not a Brandon Keith-level disaster, but on too many running plays he fails to engage an opponent, and he gets pushed back in the passing game, as well.
Deone Bucannon, $B Yes, the dollar-backer had 10 tackles, but he was often caught out of his gap and his aggressive crashing on the goal line lead to a wide open touchdown run for Blaine Gabbert.