The Arizona Cardinals have competed in every game this season due to the gutsy performances by QB Kevin Kolb. He led the team on a game winning drive against the Seattle Seahawks in week 1. He played well enough to beat the New England Patriots in week 2, and had similar performances in weeks 3 and 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins.
The quarterback is now likely out for 6 weeks after suffering a rib injury in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. According to reports, the MRI Kolb received showed multiple separated ribs and a sprained sternoclavicular joint. Big injury words aside, could this be the injury that breaks the Cardinals back? Kolb showed he can win games. The Cardinals are 4-1 in games he has finished and 0-1 in games he does not. He has a will to win, but the Cardinals can move on without him, but it will take a “perfect storm” for the Cardinals to win this Sunday.
The Cardinals are already down two running backs. The tight ends are banged up and the secondary is lacking healthy depth. What are the Cardinals going to do? No matter what happens the Cardinals need to have faith in their quarterback. John Skelton might not be the best choice, but right now he’s their only legitimate option.
The injury to Kolb is not a good thing for this team. Skelton’s ability to get the ball out of his hand could benefit the Cardinals, but he also has a knack for throwing untimely interceptions that cost the Cardinals the game on Sunday and more could come in the future.
The defense will need to step up in a big way against the Minnesota Vikings. Their ability to keep them in the game will be huge heading into week 7. I know one thing for sure, the Cardinals bye week could not come soon enough.