Defensively, this has been the story all year long for the Arizona Cardinals. Ray Horton's unit does everything in their power to gift wrap a victory, yet Mike Miller's offense can't score enough points to seal the deal.
Sure, Adrian Peterson ran wild to the tune of 153 yards on 23 carries. But when a defense only allows 209 yards of total offense—the offense needs to do its part as well. Not to mention Minnesota was 1-10 on third-down conversions and quarterback Christian Ponder turned the ball over twice.
On offense the Cardinals actually moved the ball well, yet their lack of execution in the red zone and sacks allowed did them in. Arizona's offensive line surrendered seven sacks yesterday. Defensive ends Brian Robison and Jared Allen totaled five sacks together. The other two came from cornerback Antoine Winfield and defensive tackle Kevin Williams.
The stat gurus at Pro Football Focus dealt us this doozy. Where in the world did Arizona find these offensive tackles? Two hundred-fifteen combined quarterback pressures between the two of them would be absolutely absurd. Let's hope for their sake that their play picks up. If it doesn't, there's no way either player will find himself in the starting lineup next year.
With that, here are a few links to other news stories from around the NFC West.
Aaron Nagler of Bleacher Report gives us a video preview for Week 8's upcoming Monday Night Football battle.
Shannon Fears of SeattlePi.com says head coach Jim Harbaugh questioned whether or not Seattle's secondary was playing too rough in Thursday night's game.
John McGrath of The Bellingham Herald talks about Sidney Rice and his poor attitude if he isn't the primary feature in the passing game.
Todd Pheifer of Bleacher Report still suggests that Russell Wilson can lead the Seahawks to an 11-5 record.
St. Louis Rams
Drew Copley of Bleacher Report is adamant that the Rams loss to the Packers doesn't define them.
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