The Arizona Cardinals were able to defeat division rival, the Seattle Seahawks, in their season opener Sunday, 20-16. Although the Cardinals were able to open their season with a win, they lost starting quarterback John Skelton to injury in the fourth quarter Sunday. Skelton injured his ankle in the fourth quarter and Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 Phoenix is hearing that Skelton has suffered a high ankle sprain. If this is the case, Skelton is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks. SI.com’s Jim Trotter confirmed that Skelton’s ankle is not fractured, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt did not sound optimistic about having his starting quarterback playing anytime soon. This now reopens the door for quarterback Kevin Kolb to show that he was worth the money the Cardinals invested into him. Kolb entered the game in the fourth quarter and operated the team’s no huddle offense to near perfection. Kolb lead the Cardinals down field and threw a game winning 6 yard pass to Andre Roberts with 4:59 left in the game. The Cards defense then held strong against a last ditch effort at a win from Seattle’s offense.
Prior to leaving Sunday’s game, quarterback John Skelton was 14/28 for 149 yards and one interception. He was later replaced by Kevin Kolb who finished the game 6/8 for 66 yards with one touchdown. Wells lead the team in rushing with 7 carries for 14 yards. Fitzgerald finished the game with 4 catches for 63 yards, while Roberts ended with 5 receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown.
An additional note to the game, the replacement referees made their first major mistake of the year today, awarding Seattle an additional timeout when the team had none remaining. Referee Bob Hermansen issued a statement following the game saying that he made a mistake. “It was my error,” he said. “We gave them (the Seahawks) the additional timeout because of the incomplete pass stopping the clock before the injury occurred when, in effect, the clock has no bearing on the play at all, whether it’s stopped or running. We should not have given them the additional timeout.” This will be a situation to monitor during the season with the referees, however, it is good to see that they admitted to making a mistake.
The Cardinals travel to New England to take on the 1-0 Patriots next week.