There’s good and bad coming from the Cardinals’ 10 point win over the defending Super Bowl Champs Sunday afternoon with rookie Max Hall at the helm. The good is the team won. The bad is Hall’s stats. Most fans would agree football, like all sports, is about more than stats, but Hall’s stats weren’t anything to write home about. Good for him, he was already home. Max Hall went to high school in Mesa, Arizona which is just minutes from the Cardinals facility in Tempe. Even though the game was played on the other side of the Valley in Glendale, he still undoubtedly had the biggest true home field advantage. That being said, he did only throw for 168 yards and a pick, and by anyone’s NFL standards that’s bad.
Back to the good though. Max Hall will get most of the pub-and rightfully so-because he is the local guy who won his first NFL start against the Saints, but this game was the first time the Cardinals defense stepped up and looked as good on the field as they do on paper, and that’s why they won. When an NFL team wins the turnover battle 4-1, and turns two of the turnovers into defensive touchdowns, that can solve a lot of problems the offense may have had, so while Max Hall may have gotten all the cheers for replacing Derek Anderson, the best chance this team has for garnering more cheers is for the defense to play this well consistently.