Four Down Territory: Cardinals at Seahawks
Here’s what the Cardinals offense looked like after their 2nd quarter TD: Punt, interception, punt, punt, punt, punt, missed field goal, interception, end of game. The Cardinals converted three third-downs the entire game. If the offensive output was somewhere just slightly north of awful the Cards win this game.
In the first half Kolb completed 14 of 18 for 139 yards, a touchdown and a pick; good enough for a passer rating of 94.2. I thought he was poised to have a huge game. Instead he finished with a passer rating of 69.6 and the two picks came during drives that could have ended in points. Kolb’s first clunker as quarterback of the Cards couldn’t have come at a worse time. Inaccurate passes and bad INT’s don’t earn you too many silver linings but I’ll say this: it was encouraging to see how pissed off he was at the end of that game.
I’m not saying it’s easy to make a 51 or 49 yard field goal in Seattle, but I am saying we’ve come to expect more out of Feely. I’m sure he would say the same. Last year Feely was 8/10 from 40-49 yards and 2/3 from 50 plus yards. He’s already missed as many field goals this year (three) as he did all last season.
A former Cardinals coach once said he’s not interested in ability; he’s more concerned with availability. Without knowing it, that coach was talking about Beanie Wells. We were assured, by Wells on The Big Red Rage, that the hamstring injury was no big deal. That was Thursday. On Sunday, Chester Taylor and Alfonso Smith averaged 3.0 yards per carry in Wells’ absence. You’ll never find me questioning another man’s ability to tolerate pain; I have no idea how much his hamstring hurts. I do, however, continue to question whether Wells is capable of staying on the football field.