Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/24/12

Hero Of The Game

In a game that saw The Arizona Cardinals match a historic 4-0 start, many also witnessed the rebirth of a quarterback. 

Quarterback Kevin Kolb was the catalyst of a Arizona Cardinal onslaught that left the Philadelphia Eagles with no offensive touchdowns and a constantly harassed Michael Vick. To start the party off Kolb hit rookie wide out Michael Floyd on a eight yard touchdown strike that put the Cards up 10-0. 

Kolb off to a efficient day also hit Larry Fitzgerald on a 37 yard touchdown strike that put the Cards up by 17 and in complete control. Kolb all game long finally looked like the guy the Arizona Cardinals thought he was a season ago, passing for a sharp and efficient 17 of 24 for 222 yards and two scoring strikes. 

The fact that Kolb had zero turnovers and was able to locate the Cards top play maker, all-pro Larry Fitzgerald, Kolb was the hero. Since day one, Kolb has been asked to not turnover the football and to get the football to Larry Fitzgerald. 

Kolb did his job Sunday and now the Cards, believe it or not are sitting a top of their division at 4-0 pitching their best start since 1974.

 

Zero Of The Game


My first instinct was to name superstar quarterback Michael Vick the zero, but after further review the Philadelphia Eagles loss wasn't Vick's fault (completely).

Yeah Vick went just 17 of 37 for 217 yards, and no touchdowns, but the stat that most fans don't see or care about is the sacks allowed column. The Philadelphia Eagles allowed five sacks, including a game changing sack fumble that resulted in a 93 yard fumble recovery touchdown that blew the game open.

Some may argue that Vick was holding on to the football too long, but real football players and fans know that that's how Vick operates,he loves to extend the play.

The problem is not that the O-line missed key assignments, it's more like when they missed those assignments that put Vick and the Eagles on their backs. Again the big missed assignment was a safety blitz off the edge that Vick never saw coming and was drilled.

At that point the Eagles were going in from the seven yard line looking to make it a 10-7 ball game, but instead gave up a 93 yard touchdown recovery that turned the game around big time.

Due to the five sacks allowed and the inability to produce points on offense, especially in the red zone, the Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Line were all zeros in this unexpected lop sided loss.



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