After escaping New England with a 20-18 win over the Patriots, the Arizona Cardinals have to feel good about their 2-0 start to the season. With that said, Arizona would be wise to take some lessons from this game with them as they move forward into the season.
While the end result was a narrow victory, the Cardinals could have very easily lost the game or won by two scores.
Arizona managed to win despite leaving key plays out on the field. Whether it was Kevin Kolb missing Todd Heap down the seam for what would've been a touchdown or Arizona calling a pass play late in the fourth quarter on second down instead of running down the clock, the Cardinals had opportunities to put away the Patriots and were unable to capitalize. That is something that will have to be cleaned up as the season goes on.
Despite the example pointed out above as well as my preseason endorsement of John Skelton, I would have to think that Kolb has regained his starting quarterback job. Simply put, Kevin Kolb has looked sharp for the most part. Whatever happened when Ken Whisenhunt benched Kolb to start the season worked and Kolb is gradually beginning to look like the quarterback that the Cardinals were expecting when they traded for him last offseason.
Overall, it's a great 2-0 start for the Redbirds! If nothing else, the Cardinals victory over the Patriots might just have our friends in San Francisco looking over their shoulders a bit.