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.
Ian Rapaport just broke news and it is a big deal for Arizona Cardinals fans. He just tweeted this.
#AZCardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has told people close to him that he expects 2016 to be his last season. Assuming it holds, the HOF awaits
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2016
If this is true it would be a major shock to everyone considering that he just signed an extension with the team at the beginning of training camp. The Cardinals made moves to keep their Super Bowl window open longer than just this season.
Knowing how Larry hates to answer these types of questions, the post game press conference is going to be very interesting. You can count on Kent Somers from the Arizona Republic to ask the question tonight after the game.
You can see that Rapoport left himself an out in his tweet with the phrase “assuming it holds.” He is right about one thing in this Tweet. Larry Fitzgerald will be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In light of how bad this news would be if it were true, the responses on Twitter have been fantastic.
— Frank (@NFLFrank23) September 11, 2016
— FOOTBALL! (@TheCam2125) September 11, 2016
— Marcus (Cards 0-0) (@treaturnerhive) September 11, 2016
But this one should make you feel the best of them all.
— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) September 11, 2016