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- - - - - It only took a few seconds, but once the dust settled from consecutive special teams plays, the Cardinals had in their grasp a 2-0 record and a rare win in New Jersey. Such triumphs have been few and far between since a pair of shut-out wins over the Orange/Newark Tornados in 1929-1930.
- - - - - Still, the victory didn't come without unnecessary drama. After Ted Ginn's punt return, Arizona once again failed on an ill-advised two-point attempt. With so much time remaining, the five-point lead (instead of a nearly certain six) kept the game within one possession even after the Cardinals converted on a field goal following the Giants' fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Twice in this short season, the Cardinals have narrowly escaped with a win despite their arithmetic blunder. Oddly enough, Arizona has also been victimized by a blocked punt in each of its games, surviving with minimal damage from what are typically devastating momentum changers.
- - - - - But it's still a win, and the Cardinals sit alone atop the NFC West. Drew Stanton got the start and played mistake-free, doing all that was asked of him. Understandably, some rust may have led to him hanging onto the ball a bit too long, but I'd much rather have him take a long sack than to throw a forced pass across his body into the waiting arms of a defender. The coaching staff's confidence in him was evident in the gameplan, coming out firing away from the first play from scrimmage to the final clock-burning moments.
- - - - - Defensively, the Cardinals continued to struggle at OLB when it came to placing pressure on the opposing quarterback. Even when our vaunted run-defense would force the Giants into 3rd-and-long situations, the lack of a pass rush nearly guaranteed a long completion every time. Hard to blame our DBs on these types of conversions. Only New York's own undoing kept the offensive output at 14 points, finally allowing the Cardinals to put things away with a field goal in the final minutes, 25-14.
NEXT WEEK, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Palmer will not start another week. Abraham and Dwyer are done for the season. Yet, it has been refreshing to see how the Cardinals have managed to keep things on course despite the changing roster. One has to wonder how long this can continue. But if these aren't your Cardinals of old, maybe it is indeed really about the system and the schemes and not just the names on the back of the jerseys. My prediction, Cards win, 30-21.
NINETEENTH 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 19th 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 Eighteenth-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
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