There really isn't much to be happy about following this season's worst offensive performance. Yes, even worse than the San Francisco game two weeks ago.
The Cardinals, as predicted, tried to establish the run early. Like I said, it’s what they do. But even with the addition of rookie Beanie Wells, they don’t do it very well.
Example, on every drive in the first half that the Cardinals started off with a run on first down, they were stopped either three-and-out, or after one first down. And when they tried to run on that first down, they were again forced to punt in a hurry.
The offensive line took a huge step back this week. They didn’t open any holes. The OL bookends, Mike Gandy and Levi Brown, were called for crucial holding calls on third down in consecutive series in the third quarter, killing each drive, and thwarting any thoughts of a comeback.
And the FUMBLES! Can someone please explain these ridiculous number of fumbles? For the second straight week, following a long drive and getting inside the 10-yard line, a Cardinals running back fumbled the ball!
This time, there was no one wearing red to save it either. This time, it was recovered by the opposition, and it shifted the momentum to Indianapolis. Instead of potentially going up 10-0, Colts QB Peyton Manning turned the fumble into a 95-yard drive the other way early in the second quarter. And it was all downhill from there.