Arizona's defense played with notable pizazz in Sunday's 34-10 win over the Rams. Darnell Dockett,…
Arizona Cardinals Claim NFC West Crown
Arizona set some goals going into Sunday's game and worked them out. An important objective was to work with better field position. Arizona took a positive step in the right direction replacing Dirk Johnson as the Cardinals had the playoffs in mind. The Cardinals worked with embarrassing field position in their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles the week prior. But on Sunday, the Cardinals were able to work on a short field and give the Rams a lot of ground to make up.
Darnell Dockett proved just how important field position is when he recovered a fumble and easily jogged it in 11 yards for the first defensive touchdown of the second half.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie followed suit but ran the length of the field for a 100-yard interception return, the first of his young career.
Prior to all the defensive hooplah, the Cardinals carried out another goal. Arizona was determined to get its running game going. Sixty three yards on the ground leaves a lot to be desired, but the first downs by rushing is a different story. The Cardinals earned 12 first downs through the air and manage to rush for six. A 50 percent first down rate is a great balance.
The opening drive displayed a great combination of passing and rushing efforts that enabled Tim Hightower to rush in for the game's first touchdown.
The second scoring sequence put a 12-yard pass right in Larry Fitzgerald's hands. Besides a pair of field goals from Neil Rackers, the Cardinals offensive play ended there. They came out of the locker room unable to get anything done. The Cardinals used newly acquired Punter Ben Graham way more than anyone would have thought.
At the end of the day, the Cardinals clinched the division. A monumental event in Arizona.
CardinalFootballTalk.com Recommended Stories
Week 12: Player Downgrades
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rusty Reeves predicts a heaping handful of players who will decline in the coming weeks. They should be downgraded at least one tier. Some of the names here are…Read More
How the CFB Playoff Will Look in December
Our weekly look at how the CFB Playoff will look in December based on the newest Top 25...Read More
Hardin blasts Goodell over Peterson case
Adrian Peterson’s defense attorney Rusty Hardin blasted the NFL commissioner over his handling of Peterson’s suspension, saying he is trying to make up for the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice situation…Read More
The Biggest Reveals of the 2014 LA Auto Show
These eight glorious machines demonstrate the future of automotive design and technology.Read More
The Death of a Trophy Bass Lake
One big bass hunter's dream might have just died with the Golden Alga bloom on this trophy bass fishery in CaliforniaRead More