Cardinals 10, Colts 31
What happened to the defending NFC Champs last night? The Colts were without several defensive starters yet the Cardinals were unable to capitalize on anything and were, quite simply, atrocious.
I know Kurt Warner (30/52, 1 TD, 2 INTs) is nursing a sore shoulder but he has been all season and looked great last week. And I can’t even remember the last time I saw either Larry Fitzgerald (7 receptions, 76 yds) or Anquan Boldin (6 receptions, 83 yds, 1 TD) drop passes and they both did last night. Tim Hightower (9 carries, 22 yds) was unfortunately ineffective. The team’s top yardage receiver was Steve Breaston (7 receptions, 94 yds).
The Colts sacked Warner 4 times compared to zero for Peyton Manning. Antrell Rolle did intercept Manning but that was the only turnover. Hightower fumbled twice and Warner once but, thankfully, they only lost one. The offensive line appeared confused by the Colts’ threat of blitz that they were seemingly kept off balance all night and, as a result, Warner had constant pressure. By the end of the game Matt Leinart got some playing time because the game was truly a lost cause.
I really don’t know how else to explain it but ugly. And I was getting so sick of hearing Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels constant praise of Manning that I didn’t even watch the last 10 minutes of the game.
Anyway, the Cardinals get a much-needed bye next week. Hopefully Warner et al. can rebound and regain the cohesiveness of last year. They host the Houston Texans the following week and I will be at that game!!