Arizona Cardinals: Loss to St. Louis Rams May Signal Beginning of the End of Whisenhunt Era In Arizona.
Heading into Week 5, there remained three undefeated teams at 4-0, and the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons were two of them. In the weeks that followed the teams fortunes couldn't have been more different. While The Cardinals suffered five back-to-back losses heading into their bye week, the Falcons would extend their unbeaten streak to eight games before finally suffering their first loss in Week 10 to the New Orleans Saints. Coming into the game, the Falcons were clear favorites, but Matt Ryan's interception on the first offensive play of the game, and a quick Cardinals touchdown quickly changed the complexion. The Cardinals built up a 13-0 lead, picking off Ryan twice more and adding two field goals before the end of the first period of play, however, even this was, in many ways, a disappointment. The Cardinals had the chance to put the game to bed early, when starting quarterback John Skelton had star receiver Larry Fitzgerald open in the end zone, but the ball was overthrown, and the Cardinals squandered great field position, which quickly became the theme of the afternoon.
The Arizona Cardinals were once the toast of the NFL, after unexpectedly beginning their season 4-0, but those days seem a world away, and heading into their bye week, the team now find themselves in the midst of a five game losing steak with the undefeated Atlanta Falcons waiting when they return.
At 4-5 their early success has waned, and most of the blame has rightly been placed on the teams sub-par offensive line.
Through eight games, the Cardinals offensive line had been directly responsible for injuries to both quarterbacks John Skelton and Kevin Kolb, giving up a league worst 39 sacks and innumerable hits and hurry ups.
The Cardinals tackles, left tackle D'Anthony Batiste and right tackle Bobby Massie were by far the worst offenders—though this is hardly surprising given that neither man had ever played at tackle at an NFL level coming into the season. But the Cardinals more experienced interior line of center Lyle Sendlein and guards Daryn Colledge, Adam Snyder and Rich Ohrnberger have also made more than their fair share of mistakes too.
Arizona Cardinals News: Cardinals Must Find Ways To Support John Skelton Against San Francisco 49ers.
The Cardinals face the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, on what is really a must win game. No-one would doubt that they have struggled offensively, especially at the quarterback position, and against a stingy 49ers defense, few expect things to improve for QB John Skelton and the Cardinals offense.
A win would keep the Cardinals in lock-step with San Francisco at the top of the NFC West, a loss would see them fall two games back on the division leaders. The Cardinals have home-field advantage, but unfortunately, that is the only column which favors Arizona.
If the Cardinals have any hope of toppling their divisional rivals, they need to find a way to protect and support their quarterback, John Skelton. The Cardinals much maligned offensive line is on track to give up 80 sacks this season, and the 49ers pass rush, who have managed just 11 sacks thus far, will be fired up and motivated to improve those numbers.
Arizona Cardinals Vs San Francisco 49ers: History Has Not Been Kind, But Cardinals Will Hope To Break Monday Night Football Curse.
To suggest that the Arizona Cardinals struggle on Monday Night Football would be an understatement. At times, it feels like the Cardinals are cursed. In preparing for their upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers the team will be unusually aware that history is not on their side.
Since arriving in Arizona, the Cardinals are a pitiful 1-7 on Monday night, with many of those losses have been at the hands of the 49ers.
The Cardinals Monday Night Football performances have been something of a horror show, which is perhaps appropriate, playing as they are just two nights before Halloween.
In 1999 against the 49ers, the Cardinals lost 24-10, and ended the career of Steve Young in a single night. In 2007, the San Francisco 49ers scored with just 22 ticks left on the clock, sealing a Cardinals loss. In 2010, the Cardinals faced the 49ers again, leading to Derek Anderson's now infamous "Nothing's funny to me" tirade, after he was seen laughing on the sidelines during a humiliating 24-9 blowout.