The measure of a good team isn’t how they fare in close games; it’s how they dominate inferior opponents. The Bears may fight their way back to .500 this season as they get healthier, but a 25-point victory on the road puts the whole league on notice. This Arizona Cardinals team is for real.
John Brown, WR – We’ll get to the Cards’ higher-paid wide receiver in a moment, but John Brown has become something interesting in this offense. According to Pro-Football-Reference, Brown caught all 4 of his targets for 45 yards and plus two other defensive penalties for 80 more yards.
David Johnson, RB – Let’s hope that David Johnson can stay healthy. What’s surprising isn’t how productive Johnson has been as much as how easy that he’s made it look.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR – A new vintage of Larry Fitzgerald as a secondary receiver delivered finely aged results. #11 made us proud, surpassing his TD total from last year in a single game.
J.J. Nelson, WR – A fumble on special teams that early in the game is unacceptable. I think that Arians and staff overfed Nelson on the offense in the preseason. He needs to focus on what should be his primary responsibility.
Kevin Minter, ILB – If the opposing offense makes a seven-plus yard game, you can bet that Kevin Minter is trailing three yards behind the play and jumping on the pile at the end.
Sean Weatherspoon, ILB – Weatherspoon played very few snaps in this game because his mind or body aren’t prepared for NFL football. It’s possible that ‘Spoon just wants to make sure he stays healthy for 16 games for a playoff team and cash in next year.
James Bettcher was considered for this because the defense was still gashed by the running game (4.1 YPC) and the short passing game (Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte combined for 90 yards through the air) and the defense wasn’t able to consistently pressure or turn over a terrible quarterback in Jimmy Clausen.