Seven words or less: A look back at the Arizona Cardinals’ 2021 season

Jan 20, 2022, 8:10 AM | Updated: 8:51 am
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals talks with head coach Kliff Kingsbury after a timeout duri...
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals talks with head coach Kliff Kingsbury after a timeout during a 37-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Off into the sunset the Arizona Cardinals’ 2021 season heads.

The year started off promising behind a 7-0 mark but came to an anti-climactic ending in the form of a 34-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round on Monday.

It was certainly a roller coaster of a season to say the least.

Before we completely turn the page on the 2021 season, Arizona Sports’ Kellan Olson and Tyler Drake give their last look back on each of Arizona’s 18 games played in seven words or less.

Week 1 – Cardinals dismantle Tennessee Titans, 38-13

Olson: “Oh, do the Titans suck? (They didn’t).”

Drake: “Derrick Henry’s afternoon a long one.”

Week 2 – Cardinals eek by Minnesota Vikings, 34-33

Olson: “I am concerned about the run defense!”

Drake: “Send a gift basket to (Vikings kicker) Greg Joseph.”

Week 3 – Cardinals rip apart Jacksonville Jaguars, 31-19

Olson: “Is Kyler Murray going to win MVP?”

Drake: “Kicking it and picking it for six.”

Week 4 – Cardinals roll over Rams, 37-20

Olson: “Wait, is Kyler Murray winning MVP?”

Drake: “Goliath slayed for now.”

Week 5 – Cardinals edge out San Francisco 49ers, 17-10

Olson: “The defense is good!”

Drake: “Defense rises to occasion against rookie QB.”

Week 6 – Cardinals bash Cleveland Browns, 37-14

Olson: “Statement win. This team is for real.”

Drake: “Kyler Murray rocks in Cleveland.”

Week 7 – Cardinals take down Houston Texans, 31-5

Olson: “Business as usual. Move along.”

Drake: “J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins revenge game.”

Week 8 – Green Bay Packers end Cardinals’ perfect streak, 24-21

Olson: “A.J. Green didn’t turn around.”

Drake: “There’s a crack in the armor.”

Week 9 – Cardinals bounce back against 49ers, 31-17

Olson: “Colt McCoy ensuring another bag next year.”

Drake: “Colt McCoy to the rescue!”

Week 10 – Carolina Panthers pounce on Cardinals, 34-10

Olson: “Do not turn it over with Colt McCoy.”

Drake: “Superman’s return kryptonite for Cardinals.”

Week 11 – Cardinals slash Seattle Seahawks, 23-13

Olson: “The Seahawks are not OK.”

Drake: “So good it (Zach) Ertz.”

Week 13 – Cardinals beat up Chicago Bears, 33-22

Olson: “Are the Cardinals Super Bowl-bound?”

Drake: “Interceptions for everyone!”

Week 14 – Rams take Round 2, 30-23

Olson: “Welp, got ahead of myself.”

Drake: “Another primetime game, another L.”

Week 15 – Detroit Lions upset Cardinals, 30-12

Olson: “Yep, definitely got ahead of myself.”

Drake: “The beginning of the end.”

Week 16 – Indianapolis Colts crush Cardinals, 22-16

Olson: “I get it. Got ahead of myself.”

Drake: “Cardinals get coal for Christmas.”

Week 17 – Cardinals corral Dallas Cowboys, 25-22

Olson: “I didn’t get ahead of myself?”

Drake: “A glimmer of hope?”

Week 18 – Seahawks cruise over Cardinals, 38-30

Olson: “Nevermind. I got ahead of myself.”

Drake: “When a (Rashaad) Penny goes a long way.”

Wild Card – Rams roll over Cardinals, 34-11

Olson: “Please please please no Kliff next year.”

Drake: “Cardinals leave energy on Sky Harbor runway.”


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