The Cards started the year off 1-0, but have now lost 3 straight to fall to 1-3. A controversial call late in the 4th quarter went the Giants way, but has spurned a lot of talk about a new rule. Victor Cruz fell to the ground untouched after completing a 29 yard pass. He then released the ball and retreated back towards the huddle before several Cardinals players pounced towards the ball. The ruling was that Cruz had clearly given up on the play and thus the ball was dead. While the rule was correctly called, I for one completely disagree that this rule was ever created. This is not college football, and if you are not touched while on the ground, you should make every effort to continue the play. You should not be allowed to simply give up your position in the middle of the field without any contact. That is not the way the game of football should be played.
Regardless of this call, the Cards blew this game after holding a 10 point lead late in the fourth quarter. After playing a solid 3 and half quarters of football, the Arizona secondary decided to allow Eli Manning to pick them apart over and over again. Manning finished the game with 321 yards and two TD’s, with both scores coming with under 4 minutes to play. The running defense was solid for Arizona, limiting Bradshaw and Jacobs to 57 yards combined on the ground. However the secondary had absolutely no answer for the Giants wideouts. Nicks ended up with 162 yards along with the game winning score, and Victor Cruz (honestly Victor Cruz?) had 6 catches for 98 yards.
The offense has also struggled to find an identity. While the Kevin Kolb era has just begun in Arizona, he has yet to fully impress me at this point. A mediocre game in the air for the QB today as he threw for 237 yards with no scores and an INT. He also added a fumble for his second turnover of the day. Fitzgerald had a typical day with another 100 yard receiving game.
A very welcome sight for Cards fans was the tremendous play of Beanie Wells. After sitting out last week, Beanie showed no ill effects as he ran for 138 yards and three scores. It looks as though we may finally be seeing the true potential of the former first round pick.
The Cards may catch a break next week as they try to right ship at Minnesota. The Vikings are 0-4, but have stayed competitive, for the first half at least, in most of their games.