It looks like the Arizona Cardinals have a promising future for the playoffs in their defense.
The Cardinals’ defense was not flashy, but made some big plays down the stretch in a 27-14 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars to move to 6-4 and, perhaps, one step closer to the postseason. But the story of the day was the defense. The Cardinals surrendered two touchdowns on the Jaguars’ first two offensive drives of the game. The Cardinals knew they could not let a 1-8 team hang around, especially this team, who were will-driven after winning their first game of the year last week. So, they did what all good teams do. They regrouped and clamped down on the Jaguars, and did not surrender a single point after that. This helped fuel the offense in scoring enough points to make sure that they escaped Jacksonville with a win.
What was key for the Cardinals’ defense was the two turnovers they forced when the Jaguars had any legitimate chance of trying to mount a comeback. I believe this defense will help in the long run towards the postseason. They have a lot of playmakers on that side of the ball. The offense did its part today to help out the defense, but the question will be if the offense can keep this up.
They say that defenses win championships, and the Cardinals’ defense will be tested in the stretch run, but I believe that they have what it takes to help this team reach the postseason. How far they get will depend on how far the defense can carry them, but they show a lot of promise for years to come.