Wells, Peterson lead Cardinals to win

AP

The 2011 Arizona Cardinals don’t have many stars, but the ones they have combined to get them their fourth win on Sunday.

Beanie Wells had a monster game, finishing with a franchise-record 228 yards, a touchdown and a big run to set up the game-winning field goal. Larry Fitzgerald had a big catch to set up another score and Patrick Peterson’s fourth punt return score of his rookie year was the biggest play of all in a 23-20 win.

Wells’ day was probably the most encouraging for the Cardinals. He’s playing with a knee injury and he hasn’t proven all that durable to this point in his career, but Wells made the best of it on Sunday even after suffering what looked like another blow to the knee. Wells’ talent is flashing a bit more frequently in his third season and the former first-round pick had the best day of his career against the Rams.

The rest of this year is going to be about finding out what you have to build around in Arizona. Wells is increasingly looking like a worthwhile piece.

There wasn’t nearly as much to like about the Rams. Sam Bradford had another rocky day with a lost fumble balancing out his late touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd. They never throw the ball over the middle of the field, a failing that can’t be explained away entirely by the team’s mediocre receiving corps. Lance Kendricks also lost a fumble and the defense couldn’t stop Wells even though they knew there wasn’t much chance of John Skelton hurting them down the field.

Steve Spagnuolo didn’t do much to help sway those who think his time has come and gone in St. Louis. He chose a pass on third-and-one from his own 36 with about four minutes to play and then punted the ball away even though Steven Jackson had run fairly well all day. The Cardinals went down to kick the winning field goal on the next drive. At 2-8, it is hard to understand not going all out to win, especially with a defense that had been so underwhelming against Wells.

11 responses to “Wells, Peterson lead Cardinals to win

  1. So much for Sam Bradford being the “best QB in the NFC West” and “the next Troy Aikman”. He plays more like the next Matt Leinart.

    Patrick Peterson > the entire Rams team!

  2. Spags is as good as done, but the whole front office needs to be cleaned out. This team couldn’t draft their way out of a wet paper bag.

  3. To all the Rams “fans” who were so anxious to kick Martz out of town…watch what you ask for. Spags deserves another year. Do it for SB. Another o-coordinator could set him back. I do think sitting him out until the o-line is fixed is a good idea. As far as this game is concerned; these two teams will be “blood donors” for the rest of the league for at least a couple of years. Think Alabama/Vanderbilt. Go Lovie and Mike.

  4. Steve Spagnuolo didn’t do much to help sway those who think his time has come and gone in St. Louis. He chose a pass on third-and-one from his own 36 with about four minutes to play and then punted the ball away even though Steven Jackson had run fairly well all day.
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    Welcome to Josh McDaniels’ world…where every down and distance is a perfect one to line your QB up in shotgun and pass. If he stays, Rams fans are going to start thinking Bradford’s first name is “shotgun” when they read the play by plays.

  5. Why would anyone be surprised that Bradford has taken a step backward? He had a great rookie year then the Rams gave him a new qb coach, OC and offense to learn while the team was locked out. And McDaniels clearly isn’t easy to work with in the first place. The Rams screwed up.

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