With the NFL draft concluding just days ago, many fans are still in offseason mode while others are ready for the 2012 season to get under way.
After the Arizona Cardinals finished their 2011 season with a record of 8-8, most fans were very excited to see who they would add to their already improving roster.
Now that free agency and the draft are over, it is time to acknowledge last year’s efforts. Highlighted over the next few slides are the five best individual single-game performances of 2011.
Despite a rough year for quarterback Kevin Kolb, he was able to have a great first game. In Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, Kolb completed 67 percent of his passes (18-27) for 309 yards. He also added two touchdowns, did not throw any interceptions and managed a quarterback rating of 130.0.
It went downhill from there, but he was still able to show that he has the ability to have a good game every now and again.
The defense allowed only 13 points that game, and that was due in large part to Campbell’s efforts. He recorded 10 of his 72 tackles and 2.5 of his eight sacks in one week alone, which is good enough for No. 4 on this list.
Human highlight reel and franchise wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had several great games to choose from in 2011. Despite not having the best quarterback play, he was still able to put up great numbers en route to yet another Pro Bowl.
Fitzgerald’s best game came in Week 10, when Arizona was playing at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. He lit up the Eagles secondary, catching seven passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Fitz also had a yards per catch average of 20.9.
One of the biggest surprises of the year for the Cardinals was the impact that fourth-round pick Sam Acho was able to have in his rookie year. He took full advantage of an injury to Joey Porter, and seemed to be all over the field in the second-half of the year.
At the Edward Jones Dome in week 12, Acho had an outstanding game. He only had three tackles, but recorded two sacks and forced two fumbles. His performance was one of the keys to their victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Everyone else that made this list had only one game on it. However, there were two games that running back Beanie Wells had that were better than the others.
Wells ran through the World Champion New York Giants in Week 4, rushing for 138 yards on 27 carries. He also added three touchdowns and had a 5.1 yards per carry average.
Week 12 @ St. Louis will not only go down as the best Cardinal's performance in 2011, but could be one of the league’s best. He had 27 carries in this game, and ran for 228 yards. Wells only had one touchdown in this game but had an 8.4 yards per carry average.