The idea that Johnson is some sort of cyborg is not my own. Robert Mays of the Ringer proposed the idea back in October in an article examining the league’s best young running backs. The notion has been stuck in my mind ever since.
He never seems to show emotion on the field and he just handles business like a grizzled vet. But he is just a kid that has had all of the praise in the world thrown at him by fans, analysts, and coaches. He single handily won thousands of fantasy football championships (And lost some, but don’t have your championship in week 17, that is just ridiculous). He makes jump cuts small backs struggle with and runs receiver routes that big backs like LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi can only dream about.
Finally, this is what I was waiting for. The Arizona Cardinals showed up and in all three phases impressed. The Cardinals are now plus seven in turnover ratio. This probably the best indicator that the offense and defense are both doing their job.
Arizona Cardinals Recap and Prediction Review Week Two
What did I say?
Cardinals 31- Bucs 17
The Cardinals have a week under their belt and are a little more balanced in their attack. Both Johnsons will score on the ground and Palmer will throw a pair of touchdown passes. One may be to a running back, but a pass non the less.
The Bucs are outmatched and their front seven is better than in the past, but they are not ready for our road grading O-line.
Jameis Winston will throw a beautiful pass for a score, but will make enough boneheaded plays that his team will be out of the game by the second quarter. BA won’t be happy with how we finish
How did I do?
First off I got this week right. The Cardinals won. I did okay predicting some of the game action, but the details were a little off.
When I said that both Johnsons would score, the bigger prediction was that Chris Johnson would get in the end zone. Interestingly enough David Johnson did not score in the game despite going over 100 yards from scrimmage again.
Jameis Winston did throw a beautiful touchdown to Mike Evans with Patrick Peterson in coverage. Peterson was able to take advantage of a 50/50 ball that Winston likes to throw to his big receivers, however.
What I didn’t see coming was the rest of the turnovers. I thought our defense would play well, but they really controlled this game. Marcus Cooper made the most of his first action with the Cardinals. He also impressed teammate Patrick Peterson.
What a way to make an entrance!! ?—–> @Mr_Cooper860
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@RealPeterson21) September 19, 2016
The Cardinals hit the road next week against the Buffalo Bills. I am hoping for a repeat performance from the Cardinals during week two. I am worried that the defense of the Bills will be able to cause some issues for the deep passing game of the Cardinals. It should be another fun game and I can’t wait.
There are no moral victories. This was a bad loss and the Arizona Cardinals need to improve in all three phases of the game. The only bright spot of the game is that Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson are fantastic football players.
Tonight, our defense did not live up to the hype. Allowing the New England Patriots to convert on 10-16 third down tries. There was far less blitzing and unique formations from the team than we have seen in previous years. The Cardinals allowed Jimmy Garoppolo to beat them.
Full Season Prediction Review
Lets take a look at game one the full season review that I put together and see how close I was to being right. Here is what I predicted about this game:
Cardinals 23- Patriots 20
The offense has not looked like itself without John Brown stretching the field. He is going to be out of shape and out of sync when he does come back.
The Patriots D is tough even with the loss of Rob Ninkovich and will hold us to only two touchdowns. One on the ground and one through the air. But they will get an easy score themselves off of a bad Palmer turnover.
The three Catanzaro field goals will be the difference even if he does miss one of his tries.
How did I do?
Lets start with the obvious. The overall prediction of the Cardinals winning was wrong. I knew this game would be close. The Patriots are very well coached and always prepared. John Brown was held to one catch on the night and did not create the separation we are used to seeing. The Patriots defense allowed three scores, but forced five punts. Carson Palmer kept his stat sheet clean and did not throw a pic, but his audible to throw on second down with under two minutes to go was bad. Chandler Catanzaro hit three kicks, but they were just extra points. Then he certainly did miss the one kick that would have made a difference.
Please don’t take this as me gloating, because the Cardinals lost. I was wrong about that and that is the only part of the prediction that matters in the NFL.
It would be wrong of me not to say congratulations to Larry for his 100th touchdown. It was a fantastic way to reach that milestone.