Last week, the Arizona Cardinals turned the ball over four times. All four of them were interceptions thrown by QB Ryan Lindley. They were negative three in the turnover margin and that turned out to be the difference in the game. If they want to have a chance this week against the New York Jets, they are going to need to hold on to the football.
Lindley’s psyche may be damaged after his performance, but he has to play this week like last week never happened. If he has a repeat performance, the Cardinals are going to lose their eighth straight game. Lindley had a few rookie mistakes, but he also had a few mistakes that quarterbacks shouldn’t make in general. One of his interceptions that was returned for a touchdown by St. Louis Rams CB Janoris Jenkins was thrown off his back foot. The worst part is that Larry Fitzgerald was open down the sideline for a big gain.
The Cardinals have a knack for fixing one mistake, but it shows up in the same form in another player. So, if Lindley doesn’t throw any interceptions, you can pretty much bet on somebody else dropping the ball–literally. RB Beanie Wells needs to hold on to the football. He has not had much of a problem with that in his past, but that is just the Cardinals’ luck right now.
Wells won’t be the only person I will be keeping an eye on. The receivers need to catch the football. If they start dropping passes, Lindley’s confidence will go down even further. That is not what you want to see out of a rookie quarterback. If the Cardinals turnover margin is positive this week, they will have a chance. It doesn’t guarantee them a will, but they won’t be laughed out of the stadium.
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