The Arizona Cardinals have wrapped up their first game of the season with a down-to-the-wire win, much to the relief of fans. It may be tempting to bask in the glory of the win after last year’s terrible season, but don’t read too much into it yet.
The fact is, this was a game full of sloppy play, and despite the Carolina Panthers’ terrible record last season and a rookie quarterback, they were able to keep pace with the Cardinals right up until the end.
Some of the poor play can be chalked up to the lockout and the lack of team building during the offseason. That excuse won’t hold water as we progress into the season, though.
That isn’t to say that there weren’t positives. This first game of the season really helped demonstrate the positives and the negatives of the Cardinals’ offseason and preseason activities. This slideshow will discuss four observations from the game that—for better or for worse—have the chance to become trends for the Cardinals over the course of the entire season.