Notes from the Nest: Cardinals vs. Rams
Cardinals force the Rams to punt, got good pressure on Bradford. Punt is returned 99 yards for a touchdown. I see you, Patrick Peterson. Wow. Cardinals win 19-13, losing streak over.
Start of overtime
Rams win the toss and will receive. First one to score in overtime wins. First one to score advances record to 2-6, so honestly, do they even win? We'll find out.
End of regulation
Block! The Cardinals burst through the line and block Brown's kick, preserving the tie and sending this game to OT. Wow.
:12 left in fourth quarter
Patrick Peterson flagged for pass interference at the 32, Rams have the ball with time for one more play. They give it to Jackson who rushes to the 24. Sets up a 42-yard attempt for Brown, who has been perfect on the day. Will be the final play of the game.
:15 seconds left in fourth quarter
Check that, timeout is given back due to some rule I've never heard of. Rams throw incomplete, 3rd and 6.
:18 left in fourth quarter
Mike Adams down after making a big hit. Cart comes out to take him off the field. Rams have the ball on Arizona's 37 but are now out of timeouts. Can look down the field but must get out of bounds. Still a long field goal from here.
:51 left in fourth quarter
Punt isn't great, Rams begin at their 36. They have one timeout left.
1 minute left in fourth quarter
No conversion, Cards pick up 8. Zastudil on to punt, has a chance to pin the Rams back deep.
1:07 left in fourth quarter
Skelton sacked, fumbles, recovers, loses 16. 3rd and 26 for the Cardinals. Ugh.
1:41 left in fourth quarter
Rams run Jackson to the left, stuffed for a one yard loss. Fourth and two they go for it, run left again, and don't pick it up. Cardinals get the ball back on their own 33. No timeouts left but not a long way to go to get into Feely range.
1:54 left in fourth quarter
Cards call timeout after the Rams pick up nine, third and one. Game on the line with this play?
2 minutes left in fourth quarter
The stage is set, so to speak. The Rams have the ball at Arizona's 42, are a first down away from being within field goal range. the Cardinals have a pair of timeouts left, so a couple first downs would mean the Rams get the last possession. It's 2nd and 10, the defense really has a chance to step up here.
4:38 left in fourth quarter
The Cardinals defense, which has been great this half, has a chance to really do something here. The Rams only need a field goal, can the Cards get a stop? If so, can they get it with enough time left for the offense to have a chance?
4:51 left in fourth quarter
I stand corrected. Skelton puts together a fantastic drive, mixing some nice throws in with some outstanding runs. He caps it off with a perfect pass to Larry Fitzgerald for a 13-yard touchdown, tying the game up.
8:34 left in fourth quarter
Rams punt is fair caught at the 16, where the Cards will begin their next three-and-out. Presumptuous? Perhaps. But hard to expect otherwise right now.
9:59 left in fourth quarter
Four plays, two yards, one punt. It was a good one, but Michael Adams is called for fair catch interference, meaning the Rams will start their drive at the 27.
11:18 left in fourth quarter
Defense comes up big again, forcing a punt. Cardinals start their drive at their own 34. Only 66 yards to tie it up, right? Only...
13:29 left in fourth quarter
Cards drive stalls after a LSH drop and a missed route by Andre Roberts. Zastudil punts it to the 10, where the Rams will begin their drive. They appear to have the most insurmountable seven point lead ever right now.
13:44 left in fourth quarter
Cardinals have the ball at the Rams' 41, moving the ball and looking moderately competent. Can it last for another 41 yards? Arizona called a timeout, let's hope they don't need it later.
End of third quarter
Skelton with a couple nice throws and the Cardinals have the ball on their own 37. Only need another 63 to tie this game up.
Interesting game for Skelton. He's made some bad throws but also some very, very good ones. Good pocket presence, poor accuracy. Would be helped by a running game.
1:24 left in third quarter
Defense does a nice job forcing the punt, Cards begin drive at their own 5. Anyone up for a third safety? Didn't think so, let's hope the Cardinals feel the same way.
3:31 left in third quarter
Ever see two safeties in one game? Well, now you have. Skelton called for intentional grounding in the end zone, Rams now up 13-6. Seriously, who didn't see this coming? One way or another we knew this game would feature bad football.
3:38 left in third quarter
Cardinals defense makes a stand, forcing the Rams to punt after an incredibly strange drive. As bad as Arizona has played, the Cards are a touchdown away from taking the lead. Of course, that would require the team to actually score a touchdown. Drive starts at the Arizona nine.
7:24 left in third quarter
Oh yeah, that two yard line? Same end zone whee the Cards got called for a safety two weeks ago against Pittsburgh. Why is that relevant? Well, Skelton was sacked in the end zone, score two more for the Rams. 11-6 in a game that is as bad in person as you'd think it is.
8:11 left in third quarter
Cardinals defense gets the job done after a rough start, forcing a punt. That's the good news. The bad news is the punt is downed at the two, meaning the Cardinals have a long way to go. I'm intrigued.
Still 10:30 left in third quarter
Kickoff goes out of the end zone for a touchback. Rams will begin drive from their own 20, and the Cardinals could sure use a stop.
10:30 left in third quarter
Skelton makes some excellent throws to get the Cards down the field but the offense stalls and Feely boots a 38-yard field goal through the uprights to make the game 9-6.
Skelton note: he rarely seems to be under pressure today. Not sure if the line is doing a better job than they have with Kolb or if the fact that he just stays in the pocket and makes his reads doesn't give the illusion of pressure. Either way, I'm impressed with the guy's pocket presence.
14:54 left in third quarter
Cards get the ball and will start from their own 22. To say the offense was abysmal in the first half would be an understatement. No running game, iffy passing game. Need better. Obviously.
Josh Brown kicks his third field goal of the game, this one from 41-yards outmaking it 9-3 as we head into the half.
Is anyone surprised with just how bad this game is? They shouldn't be...
1:56 left in second quarter
We're at the two minute warning and the Rams have the ball at their own 44. I'd say they're driving but in this game you never know. Defense really needs to get a stop at some point on this drive and make sure the score is no worse than 6-3 heading into the half.
3:40 left in second quarter
Daryn Colledge does his best impersonation of a turnstile and gets Skelton crushed in the backfield on 3rd-and-9. Play comes after Skelton nearly gets Fitz broken on a pass play. Cards punt.
5:20 left in second quarter
Cards burn a timeout before getting chance to run what may have been an awesome play. Patrick Peterson was lined up in the backfield next to Skelton. Yes, Patrick Peterson.
Skelton finds Andre Roberts on the next play. Roberts, ladies and gentlemen, is your leading receiver today.
7:02 left in second quarter
Adrian Wilson blows up Jackson in the backfield on 3rd- and-1, Rams forced to settle for a 37-yard field goal. Rams up 6-3 now. The score between the two teams last season here was 19-6 Rams. Lots of field goals then. Stoked to be seeing more of the same today.
10:45 left in second quarter
Bradford looks good, Rams are moving the ball. Cards defense needs to come up with some sort of play here.
13:13 left in second quarter
Cards drive stalls after Beanie Wells can't convert on a 3rd-and-1 run. Wait, is it even really considered a "drive" if the team only gains nine yards? Anyway, Rams to start from their own 31, best starting field position of the day for the visitors.
End of first quarter
We've played 15 minutes in Glendale and the score is 3-3. Honestly, who could have seen that coming?
Anyway, some quick thoughts:
Bradford looks pretty good for a guy who hasn't played in a couple weeks.
Skelton doesn't look bad, either. Not great though, needs to get his timing.
That's about it. The game is 3-3, you know.
b>:22 left in first quarter
Rams go with a flea-flicker deep to Lloyd who, not surprisingly, can't outrun Patrick Peterson. The rookie makes the interception and the Cards have the ball at their own 10.
3:04 left in first quarter
Cards go three-and-out. Oops. Skelton a little late on the third down throw, preventing Doucet from having a chance to get the necessary yardage. Punt puts the ball at the Rams' 13 to begin the drive. Defense didn't get much rust and Bradford seemed to find his timing.
4:33 left in first quarter
Stephens-Howling takes ball out from deep in the end zone and gets it to the 17. Should have taken a knee. Am I the only one who has been less impressed with Hyphen's returns this year? The new rules seem to have hurt him.
4:38 left in first quarter
Josh Brown comes in and kicks a 48-yard field goal to tie the game. Defense was OK -- got a little pressure -- but not really enough. Bradford got going, that's bad. Can Skelton do the same for the Cards?
6:40 left in first quarter
Rust gone? Bradford looking impressive, avoiding pressure and delivering strikes to Lloyd and Gibson. Not what the Cardinals wanted to see.
10:44 left in first quarter
Rams begin drive No. 2 from their 15. Sam Bradford, who ruined the battle of the backups by actually playing, looked a bit rusty on the last possession. Rams will have to rely on Steven Jackson (as does my fantasy team), but you have to think the Cardinals know that...
10:56 left in first quarter
Cards drive stalls at the St. Louis 9, as Skelton throws incomplete on a couple balls. So far, interesting. He stood tall in the pocket, didn't scramble (didn't have to) and even found Andre Roberts. Jay Feely's FG gives the Cards a 3-0 lead.
14:00 left in first quarter
Late start with the notes today. My alarm clock thought we were on daylight savings time. Who does that, anyway?
As for the game, Cardinals lose the toss but hold the Rams to a 3-and-out, forcing a punt. Arizona will start its first drive at the Rams' 37, great chance to get off to a fast start...with John Skelton under center.