Thursday, October 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Arizona Cardinals
By Josh Weinfuss
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A few thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 34-22 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
What it means: There are few things that will help this offense besides a personnel change. Yet again, the defense put the Cardinals in position to make a splash, even pull off an upset, but the offense couldn’t capitalize. The season is seven games old and routes are still not being run properly as receivers can still be seen asking one another for help. The defense took a little while to come to life, but when it did it played like one of the league's top units despite having to battle Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch.
Stock watch: Calais Campbell played Thursday as if he didn’t just walk out of a Bay Area hospital on Sunday after suffering a bruised spine. The defensive end seemed to be everywhere, blowing up the line of scrimmage to help the Cardinals force Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to lose two fumbles. He seemed hesitant at first but was able to shake the nerves and perform, proving his status as an elite player.
Finding his groove: Linebacker John Abraham was signed as the NFL’s active sacks leader with 122, but he entered Thursday’s game without any this season. That changed early in the third quarter when Abraham got the first of two on the day. With Abraham finding his sack rhythm, it’s just another weapon on the Cards' defense and a handy one coming from the outside.
Unprotected sacks: Yet again, protecting Carson Palmer was among the primary issues dogging the Cardinals. Palmer was sacked a season-high seven times by the Seahawks. With every game left tackle Bradley Sowell plays, the book gets written on how to beat him. Seattle appeared to have read it. Sowell was blown by at least twice by defensive end Chris Clemons.
What's next: The Cardinals have nine days off before hosting the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 27 at University of Phoenix Stadium.