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The Playoff Race
- - - - - On the leg of Zane Gonzalez, on the final play of the game, the Arizona Cardinals earned their first victory of the 2019 season, 26-23 over the winless Bengals, evening the all-time series against Cincinnati. However, it was on the fleet feet of Kyler Murray and Chase Edmonds that the crucial points were set up. I continue to be impressed by Murray's management of the offense, staying in control of the situation, and demonstrating outstanding decision-making particularly when it comes to cutting his losses, tucking, and running. The offensive line, which struggled in the past few weeks, managed to hold up well enough to allow Murray to find his targets and march the team down the field.
- - - - - I am still not completely reassured, however, by the play-calling of Coach Kingsbury, nearly squandering points at the end of the first half with poor clock management. I disagreed with his decision to go for it on 4th down on the first drive, but his call proved to be the correct one. At the game's end, I would have preferred the time out to be called with 4 seconds left instead of 2, in the case of a bad snap/hold, allowing the team to quickly call a time out and make another attempt (but not leave enough time for an ensuing kickoff). Nit-picking on this last point, I know, but veteran coaches make these types of decisions to win games.
- - - - - The concern still remains on the defensive side of the ball. Despite holding the Bengals out of the endzone until the final minutes, there was virtually no pressure on the QB (if one does not count the critical 4th down stop near midfield), and the run support left much to be desired. Of course, once our lead was pushed to 14 points, everyone in Cardinals Nation was certain it wouldn't last. The defensive secondary will hopefully get some players back soon, though it is disappointing to count how many of these players will be around to be part of a long-term solution.
NEXT WEEK, ATLANTA FALCONS: Last week the 0-3-1 Cardinals defeated one of the few teams with a worse record, the 0-4 Bengals. This week, we'll have an opportunity to do the same, with the 1-3-1 Cardinals facing off against the 1-4 Falcons. Incidentally, a victory by the Big Red will set up a similar situation for the third week in a row (the 2-4 Giants await). After suffering through the hapless 2018 season, I am reassured that at least this squad can score points if needed. My prediction, Cards win, 27-21.
TWENTY-FOURTH SEASON UNDERWAY
- - - - - As you've probably already noticed, "The Cardinal's" Nest, the Internet's longest-running website dedicated to the Arizona Cardinals, has
undergone a few changes over the years as we embark on our 24th season. This newer setup will hopefully make it easier for you, the fans, to navigate
these pages. After all, isn't life already hard enough being a Cardinals fan?
- - - - - The bar at the left will contain the links to the other pages on this site, including icons for some of the larger features.
Meanwhile, play in my 24th-annual On-Line NFL Pool has begun and the Chicago Cardinals Photo
Album, featuring photos and other game memorabilia from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s has opened. Also, check out the
"Arizona Sports Fans" Message Board. As always, if you have any
suggestions, comments, or questions, please feel free to send me E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org;
I always enjoy hearing from Cardinals fans around the country and the world.