There was a head scratcher in London, a comeback in Philadelphia and a near-Hail Mary in Chicago. Welcome to mid-October in the NFL.
There’s still a few weeks before Halloween, but there were some scary performances around the NFL. It started with the Arizona Cardinals and an ugly 45-10 home loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. It was a forgettable night for Steve Wilks’ squad while rookie quarterback Josh Rosen had to find the Broncos’ pass rush quite frightening. But early Sunday morning, there was a thriller in London as the Los Angeles Chargers held off the gambling Tennessee Titans.
In terms of the big picture, eight of the Top 11 teams in these power rankings (entering Week 7) went head-to-head on Sunday. Hence there was a change or two at the top of this list. But as usual, we start with No. 32. And this was a club that may have hit rock-bottom in prime time.
Arizona Cardinals 1-6
Last week: L, 45-10 vs DEN
Last rank: 32nd
Recap: It was a short week for Steve Wilks’ club, who played host to a Denver Broncos’ squad in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Arizona’s opening possession set the tone for a long evening as a run by David Johnson gained zero yards. That was followed by a time out and then a Josh Rosen pass attempt that was returned 20 yards for a score by Broncos’ linebacker Todd Davis. Another pick-six came later in the first quarter and the Cards were down, 21-3. By game’s end, Rosen was sacked six times and committed five turnovers in the 35-point loss. The next day, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired and quarterbacks’ coach Byron Leftwich got the job.
Next Week: Back in Week 5 at San Francisco (Week 5), the Cardinals got their first victory of the season thanks mainly to five turnovers from the 49ers. The results were a 28-18 winy, Arizona’s seventh consecutive triumph in this series. The Cards now look to sweep this NFC West rivalry for the fourth straight year.
Playoff hopes: That was an embarrassing performance vs. the Broncos and Wilks’ squad dropped to 0-4 at home this season. The Arizona offense can’t get out of its own way and Rosen has already taken a beating this year. The Cardinals need to ride out the storm that is 2018 and hope their young quarterback can learn from the experience.