The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Minnesota Vikings today, but why? Well, the defense played well enough to win, but the offense just can’t score enough points. The Cardinals are still 4-3 and can bounce back from their third consecutive loss. Their 4-3 record is still better than any fan could have hoped for, but the loss of Kevin Kolb is kind of a big deal and it showed in this game.
On paper, QB John Skelton did not look too bad, but if you watched the game he made mistakes in situations that the Cardinals could not afford. The pick six he threw ended up being the difference maker. Saying the game came down to one play is a stretch, but if there was an award for bad timing, Skelton would win it. Add in the fact that Adrian Peterson ran all over the Cardinals and you got yourself a recipe for disaster.
The best part about today’s game is the Cardinals offensive line played better than they have all year against a defense that is quite tenacious. D’Anthony Batiste did a great job blocking Jared Allen on the left side of the line and LaRod Stephens-Howling broke 100 yards rushing. This is a huge deal for the Cardinals, but still a loss is a loss. Arizona is playing into the fact that everyone did not think they should have been 4-0 to start the season. Is this team good enough to make the playoffs?
At this point in the season I cannot tell. The Cardinals are a good team and they have the defense to do it. Their offense is the only wild card. Skelton basically forgot that he has a future Hall of Fame receiver on his team, and the Cardinals just could not score when they absolutely needed too. Eventually, this team will get healthy and bounce back. I’m not sure if they will make the playoffs, but they are going to do whatever it takes to get there.