Cards Fall Short on Road For Second Week in a Row

For the second straight week the Cardinals couldn’t get it done on the road.  Another close battle came down to the end, but ultimately the Seahawks solid pass defense proved too much for Kolb and the Cards.  With just over a minute to play, and just out of field goal range, Kolb looked for Todd Heap down field but instead found Safety Kam Chancellor.

Arizona struggled mightily trying to run the ball as both Beanie Wells and LaRod Stephens-Howling missed the game because of injury.  That left Chester Taylor as the starter who quickly let fans know exactly why the Bears had recently cut the veteran.  With Taylor struggling, the Cards went with second year back, Alfonso Smith, who didn’t do much better.  He finished the day with 17 carries for 54 yards in his debut in the backfield.  Arizona hopes to have Wells back next week and will welcome him back with open arms.

Kolb played in his worst game as a Cardinal as he struggled to find receivers against a solid Seattle secondary.  Fitzgerald hauled in a 12 yard touchdown grab in the second quarter despite double coverage and pressure on the QB, but was kept in check for most of the game.  He finished with just 5 catches for 64 yards on 8 targets.  With tight coverage on his star receiver, Kolb ended up targeting free agent acquisition Todd Heap more than anyone else with 10 total targets.  His 6 catches for 61 yards were both his best in a Cards uniform.  At the end of the day Kolb finished with just one touchdown to go along with 2 interceptions, including the costly one at the end of the game.

The Arizona defense managed to hold the Seahawks to just 13 points, but the secondary still struggled to contain Sidney Rice who went off for 8 catches and 109 yards.  Overall though the defense was much improved as they were able to get to the quarterback 4 times and did not allow a passing touchdown.  Still, with Tavaris Jackson throwing the ball, expectations must be tempered.

Next week the Cards face off against the 2-1 Giants at home as they try to get back on track.  Arizona currently stands at 1-2 are a game back behind the 49ers in the NFC West.

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