The Cardinals entered Thursday nights game against the Rams with a spotless record. After four quarters of football that record now has a blemish on it. The Rams were able to completely shut down the Cardinals beating them 17-3. The Cardinals had scored at least 20 points in the teams first four games, but struggled to get any offense going against the Rams. The Rams were able to continuously get past the Cardinal’s offensive line and get to Kolb, sacking him for a total of nine times. The Rams also limited the Cardinals to 45 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Kolb managed to throw for 289 yards, however he was only able to complete 28/50 passes. Larry Fitzgerald continued his recent strong play catching 8 passes for 92 yards while being targeted 15 times. If the line could have held up and given Kolb a chance to find his go to wide-out then maybe the game would have turned out differently. One positive out of all of this, is that all though Kolb was constantly pressured and knocked down, he managed to protect the ball and not commit any turnovers.
For next week the Cards need to find a way to keep Kolb upright. If the line is unable to hold up then the team will struggled mightily. Hopefully this beating will awaken them to a glaring weakness and will lead to the team correcting it. The Cards have a week and a half to get everything taken care of and get refocused. Even after the tough loss, the Cards still sit pretty with a 4-1 record.
“I didn’t like anything,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “The thing I respected is our guys didn’t quit, and even as bad as it went, we had a chance at the end of the game.”
The Cardinals take on Buffalo at home next week.