The losing streak is over, and the Cards beat division rival St. Louis in OT on Sunday. In certainly an odd game, nobody scored a TD until late in the fourth quarter. Kevin Kolb sat from an injury, and John Skelton led a 4th quarter drive that ultimately resulted in a 13 yard score to Larry Fitzgerald. Skelton actually performed well, probably better than many expected. He completed 20 passes for 222, added the late score, and did not turn over the ball. In fact Arizona did not turn the ball over all game. Of course they had two third quarter safeties, but that can be excused for now.
Beanie Wells struggled badly, rushing for just 20 yards. Maybe he came back too early… Arizona rushed for just 70 yards with the bulk of the yards coming from Skelton himself. I won’t introduce a Quarterback controversy just yet, but Skelton certainly played better than Kolb has all season. Fitz had 12 targets, but was only able to haul in 4 passes. It was Early Doucet who brought in all 6 of his targets for 78 yards that ended up being the leading receiver.
The real hero of this game was Patrick Peterson though. He had the lone turnover of the game on a INT on Bradford who was coming back from an injury himself. But the play everyone will remember was his electric 99 yard punt return to win the game. This is the second straight week Peterson is in the highlight reels after he brought in an 80 plus yard punt to the house last week at Baltimore. This one sealed the game and gave Arizona just their second win of the season.
Next the Cards go to Philly to face off against the Eagles. Kevin Kolb is listed as Questionable, but the fans may want to see more of Skelton after last week. The Eagles have been up and down all season, and before coming into Chicago they had a lot of momentum going. Obviously the keys to stopping them starts with Vick, but McCoy has established himself as one of the better RBs in the league this year. This will be a tough one.