Cardinals Quarterbacks Fail to Separate Themselves in Preseason Game with Titans

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Quarterbacks Kevin Kolb #4 and John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals talk during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It looks like the Cardinals' quarterback race is going to come down to the final preseason game.

Neither John Skelton nor Kevin Kolb did much to grab the job in the team's fourth preseason game tonight against the Tennessee Titans.

For the second time in these exhibition games, Skelton got to play with the first-team offense from the start. His move was indicative of how he outplayed counterpart Kolb throughout the first three games.

Skelton, however, did very little to make coach Whisenhunt confident in the selection, going four for ten for 41 yards. Worst of all, he threw an interception on his first attempt, leading to a quick touchdown the other way.

Kolb's performance was statistically better than Skelton's but still far from flawless.

The ex-Eagle ended up with 17 completions on 22 attempts for 156 yards and a touchdown. His two-minute drive at the end of the first half was quite impressive, particularly his 53-yard completion to Larry Fitzgerald while running left.

The best sign for Kolb, though, was his ability to avoid pressure. Unlike the past few weeks, Kolb was able to limit his sacks to just two.

On the flip side, Kolb made two terrible mistakes that were intercepted. The first was an ill-advised throw across his body; the second, a gross pick-six on the first play of the second half.

If tonight's game was a victory for either of the two quarterbacks in this competition, it was Kolb.

However, the fact that he was trailing heading into the game and that he made those awful mistakes means that the job is still up for grabs.

Next Thursday's game against Denver could be a big decider in the race and in who will be starting the opening game against the Seahawks.

So, who do you want to see starting? Do you think there is a clear winner in this race?

Let me know in the comments.

 

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