Monday, December 19, 2016

No Defensive Players Survived. Or Showed Up

Arizona lost 48-41. Chandler Catanzaro sucks. He cost them the Miami game, the New England game, the Seattle game, and while technically his missed field and goal missed extra point (5th one of those this year) wouldn't have altered the outcome, losing 4 points didn't help matters.

Neither did the defense's complete inability to even slow the Saints down. They did manage to recover one fumble, and sacked Brees three times, but he threw for 389 yards and 4 TDs, so on the whole, you'd have to say he won that battle. The Saints also ran for 130 yards on 32 carries, and 2010 Arizona Cardinals' leading rusher Tim Hightower had two touchdowns.

On the offense side of things, Palmer had hs best game in a while, going 28-40 for 318 yards and two TDs. Kerwynn Williams added a 49 yard rushing TD, and David Johnson went over 100 total yards of offense for the 14th consecutive game. Which is an NFL record. And he holds the single season franchise mark for offensive yards, and touchdowns. He's going to have to pick it up running the ball if he's going to crack 1300 yards rushing, though.

The amazing thing is, thanks to blowing out the shitty Buccaneers and Jets earlier in the season, Arizona still has a positive point differential, despite their 5-8-1 record. Granted, it's down to +14 with two games to go, but that's better than they managed in their Super Bowl season, or two years ago, when Palmer and Drew Stanton blowing out their knees helped kill what had been a promising season.



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