Found October 07, 2013 on
Sports Report Arizona:
It’s the start of the work week and another installment of our Overreaction Monday series. This weekend was saved by a stellar defensive performance by the Arizona Cardinals as they were the only team in the state to get a victory. The Arizona State University Sun Devils fell in a tough game to Notre Dame while the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks lost on the road to Montana State in convincing fashion.
Overreaction: The Sun Devils are not ready for the big time!
The Sun Devils fought valiantly on Saturday on the national stage against a tough Notre Dame team. Both sides played well enough to win but ultimately were doomed by simple mistakes. Todd Graham and the defense worked extensively throughout the week on stopping the run. The players were there, but plays were not made. Missed tackles doomed the defense as Notre Dame took advantage of the opportunities and moved the ball rather easily through parts of the game. The offensive line took a step back and played poorly for most of the night. Quarterback Taylor Kelly felt the pressure which in the end doomed the team as it led to a pair of fourth quarter interceptions which acted as the final nails in the coffin for the Sun Devils. The team is a talented group and capable of beating just about anyone. Mental mistakes will need to be eliminated for this team to be called a contender.
Overreaction: The Lumberjacks showed who they were on Saturday!
NAU walked into a buzz saw on Saturday in Bozeman, Montana. It was homecoming for the Bobcats who were obviously ready to pounce on the Lumberjacks. NAU was coming off of an emotional win at home against Montana the week prior and looked every bit lethargic of a team not quite ready for a battle. The Lumberjacks failed to execute on both sides of the ball and fell flat against Montana State. This is not the norm for the team but rather a one off deal. It was the balancing act that is the emotional ride of college sports. Next week against Sacramento State should be the righting of the ship for coach Jerome Souers‘ bunch and a return to the win column. The Lumberjacks are still poised to make noise in the postseason.
Overreaction: The Cardinals need to start Drew Stanton at quarterback!
The Cardinals were able to get the victory on Sunday over the Panthers with a stingy defense and balanced, but largely ineffective offense. The ground game received some much needed carries which did enough to keep the Panthers defense off balance for the unit to put two touchdowns on the board. Quarterback Carson Palmer once again struggled. The difference between this game and the team’s two losses were the fact that his play was not needed to find victory. Palmer continues to force throws and make simple mistakes which turn into interceptions. The problem is the lack of prep time and the circumstances that would lead to a change of starters. Drew Stanton has not started at all this season and as is the case throughout the NFL, has not received much if any snaps with the first team offense in practice. Throwing Stanton into the lion’s den which is a road game against a tough San Francisco defense which just shut down the potent Texans offense is not something Bruce Arians will want to do. Palmer, for better or worse, is the Cardinals best chance to get the victory over the 49ers. As I said, for better or worse, which as of late has been worse.
That’s all this week! We’ll be back to preview the games coming this weekend including our predictions.
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