For the first time in months, the Arizona Cardinals showed that they can win a game. It was not a pretty win on the offensive side of the ball, but the defense really put the Detroit Lions to work causing four turnovers. The Cardinals won 38-10 this week after they lost to the Seattle Seahawks 58-0.
It’s not always easy to see the brighter side of a 5-9 season, but they have finally won a game after losing nine games in a row in a ten week span. It was a brutal ten weeks for Cardinals’ fans. Today the offense really was not able to do too much. Yes, RB Beanie Wells did score three touchdowns, but the offense was only able to manage 196 total yards and that is something they should not be too excited about.
The defense on this team has told the story all season long. CB Patrick Peterson got things going with a interception that turned into a touchdown run by Wells. Then, S Rashad Johnson ran an interception back at the end of the second quarter. If that wasn’t enough the Cardinals piled on another 102 yard interception return by CB Greg Toler. It’s not that the Cardinals defense has been bad at any point this season. They have just been outmatched because they felt they had to play against the offense and defense every week.
That is a true story. The defense on this Cardinals’ team has created so many opportunities for the offense. The offense has let them down time and time again. The offense did not lose the game today and that is what led to a Cardinals’ victory. QB Ryan Lindley did throw one interception, but that was not as bad as QB Matthew Stafford. He threw basically three “pick sixes” and that was the difference in this game.
The defense made big time plays in big time situations. The Cardinals’ season may be over, but the fact is they showed some life today. That is all fans wanted to see. It’s not easy seeing a team give up on a season. Half of the offense may be done, but the defense is still rolling. Cardinals fans should be proud of their team for not giving up. It’s just too bad they had to wait this long to be proud of something.
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