They Arizona Cardinals opened up their 2012 campaign with a victory over the Seattle Seahawks in upset fashion at home on Sunday 20-16. Week 2’s game against the New England Patriots is still nearly a full week away, but it is never too early to see if it is right to make your NFL picks on the Arizona Cardinals against the defending AFC champs.
The biggest problem that Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt might have is at the quarterback position. He went through the entire preseason watching a battle between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton under center. The decision wasn’t a clear one to make, as neither performed well, but Skelton got the ball to start off the campaign.
Skelton didn’t have his best stuff against the Seahawks, completing just 14-of-28 passing for 149 yards with an interception. The hometown faithful was starting to get restless with Skelton’s play, especially when Seattle took a 16-13 lead with 9:20 left to play in the game. On his final drive though, the former Fordham Rams standout hurt his ankle and was carted off the field.
Enter: Kolb. After a frustrating preseason in which he had a dismal quarterback rating of just 49.7, Kolb turned out to be a hero, completing 6-of-8 passing for 66 yards and what proved to be the game-winning touchdown pass to WR Andre Roberts.
The injury status of Skelton is still up in the air, but does it really matter? Kolb’s one drive against Seattle in a clutch situation proved to be the difference between starting 1-0 SU and ATS and 0-1 SU and ATS. Against the Patriots, there is no doubt that whomever is under center is going to need to move the ball up and down the field with regularity.
New England started off its 2012 season with an impressive 34-13 win over the Tennessee Titans, and it is clear that the Brady Bunch is going to once again be an offensive juggernaut this year. Needless to say, the 253 total yards of offense for the Cardinals that they got in Week 1 just won’t cut it in Week 2. Considering the fact that Kolb accounted for 66 of those yards in the span of just a few minutes, Whisenhunt probably doesn’t have much of an option but to go with him on Sunday.