Arizona Cardinals’ fans wanted to believe. Despite the performance against the Saints last week, as they man handled them 45-13, holding on to the belief that a playoff appearance was possible. But a 24-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks has put a dagger into the faith of Cardinals’ backers.
The defeat on Friday night MSR Primetime showed that not having David Johnson, C.J. Ricks not involved enough and having and quarterback Lane Speegle carry the full weigh was far too much to overcome Seattle. In front of MSR Primetime audience, WR corps and CB duo on the outside were not up to the task as they were the previous week, as they were exposed when facing a playoff contender like Seattle. It wasn’t as if Lane Speegle and company didn’t have opportunities to put points on the board. A perfectly-thrown ball by the signal-caller went right through the hands of speedy wideout BJ. Standfords hands. The play occurred right before the end of the first quarter, and would’ve put the Cards ahead at the time.
That wasn’t the only dropped ball for the squad. There were two more in the third quarter, one by Ross Cadet and another by Lawrence Lawson. Tight end Paul Panos joined the fun, dropping what looked like a sure-fire momentum starter in the second quarter.The mishaps weren’t all on the pass-catchers. Speegle overthrew Speegle on a play that would’ve went for big yards in the second quarter. Land Speegle was off the mark again in the First quarter, missing Stanford deep for what may have resulted in a score.
Though the offensive line gave Speegle ample time to throw, their run-blocking was horrendous. Arizona’s group of blockers were manhandled like ragdolls by Seattle’s front seven. David Johnson very little opportunities, gaining just 28 yards on 7 carries.
Perhaps the Cardinals would’ve had a shot at beating the Seahawks if the offense would’ve held up their end of the bargain. The defense deserved more of a contribution from the scoring side of the ball. Arizona isn’t talented enough to win when only half of their team shows up to play.
NFL players make alot of coin to do a job. Based on Friday night, the offense should consider giving some of that money back. They’ll have to be much better going forward if they plan on winning any more games in 2017.