Thursday Night Football is about surviving the night, not about dominating the opponent. The NFL is all about execution, and there’s no time to perfect the execution of plays with three days’ preparation.
There’s not much reason to be concerned about the lackluster performance of the offense and the defense against the Vikings — but there are things to work on during the ten days’ rest before the Cardinals face the Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
Deone Bucannon, $B
When people claim that Bucannon is a difference-making player, I often ask for the standout performances. This is the first game that earns the hype. The Dollar Backer was effective in pass coverage and chasing the ball.
Darren Fells, TE
The size Fells brings to the position is always surprising — he looks like an offensive lineman. He’s capitalized on his opportunities as a receiver to help move the chains, increasing his value and versatility in the offense.
Bobby Massie, OT
When the Cards last faced off against the Vikings in 2012, DE Brian Robison notched 3.5 sacks. Last night, lined up against Massie, he had 2 tackles. Massie will likely be playing in another uniform in 2016, but this team is going to miss him.
Kevin Minter, ILB
He can’t cover anyone — even fullbacks and tight ends. He can’t rush the passer — he throws his shoulder into the nearest blocker and gives up. Minter continues to shed reps for Sean Weatherspoon and undrafted free agent rookie Alani Fua.
Kerwynn Williams, RB
I’m frequently staggered when people wonder how or why Williams doesn’t get claimed by another NFL team. Guys like Williams (6 rushes, 2 yards) are rattling around the bottom of every NFL roster.
James Bettcher, DC
The Vikings are the sixth team this year to exceed their average scoring against this defense. How the Cards can send six or seven rushers and not create pressure on the quarterback? This defense continues to underperform their talent level.