Arizona Cardinals Name John Skelton Starting QB for Week 14

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 5, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 18:  John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field after a turnover on downs against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 18, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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John Skelton has been named the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Schefter tweeted on Wednesday:

Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt announced John Skelton as starting QB on Sunday.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2012


It's not exactly a surprise that Skelton retained the starting gig, given that rookie Ryan Lindley has simply been awful since taking over in the second quarter of Arizona's Week 11 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Lindley has gone a combined 50-of-103 in his three appearances this season, averaging a deplorable 4.3 yards per pass attempt while tossing five interceptions with zero touchdowns. In Week 13 against the New York Jets, he went 10-of-31 for 72 yards with an interception in the 7-6 loss. He's actually made Skelton and the highly disappointing Kevin Kolb look good for Arizona this season.

The Cardinals also lost all three games Lindley started and currently find themselves on the bottom of the NFC West with a 4-8 record after a 4-0 start (yes, they've lost eight straight games). The defense has held opponents to 19.5 points per game (seventh in the league), but the offense is averaging an NFL-worst 15.5 points per game.

If there's one thing you can say about Skelton, it's that he's been better than Lindley, but that's about all you can say about him. He's averaged 5.9 yards per pass attempt this season (the worst mark among qualifying quarterbacks) while tossing two touchdowns to five interceptions in six games. The Cardinals have lost every game he's been a part of since Week 1.

Arizona will visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in a divisional clash.The Seahawks are 7-5 and currently hold the No. 6 seed in the NFC, backed by a defense allowing just 16.8 points per game.


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