It was again quite the week around the NFL, highlighted by a number of comebacks and some near record-setting performances. And what a night at Foxborough.
Aren’t things getting interesting around the National Football League?
The week started at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey when the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles pushed around the New York Giants on Thursday evening. It moved to Sunday afternoon and in places such as Houston, Cincinnati and London, England – where the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders renewed acquaintances. And there was quite the showdown in Foxborough between a pair of Super Bowl contenders.
Meanwhile, there was some unscheduled extra football in South Florida between the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins. That means there’s now been six weeks of action in NFL 2018 and at least one overtime game on each occasion. And as usual, there was some movement in these always-intriguing power rankings.
Arizona Cardinals 1-5
Last week: L, 27-17 at MIN
Last rank: 32nd
Recap: Off their first win of the season, Steve Wilks’ Cardinals made their way to the Twin Cities to take on a Vikings’ squad that was stung at home by the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. A fourth-quarter touchdown run by David Johnson was the team’s only offensive visit to the end zone on Sunday as the Arizona offense managed only 269 total yards in the game. The club was limited to only 61 yards on the ground while rookie quarterback Josh Rosen was sacked four times. He did manage to throw for 240 yards but also committed one of the team’s turnovers on the afternoon. The Cards have scored a mere 82 points during their 1-5 start.
Next Week: It’s a short week for the Cards, who host the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. The teams have met 10 times in the past and Big Red has only won one of those encounters (8-1-1). That came at Arizona in 2010, when the club administered a 43-13 whooping on the Men from Mile High.
Playoff hopes: The on-the-job training continues for Rosen and the Arizona offensive unit, which was limited to fewer than 300 total yards and reached the end zone just once against the Vikings. And the lack of support has already taken its toll on the Cardinals’ defense. An already long year continues.