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Cardinals’ offense can’t get going as Rams hand them their first loss

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The Arizona Cardinals are no longer among the ranks of the undefeated.

Arizona’s offense couldn’t do much of anything on Thursday night in St. Louis, stalling repeatedly on the ground and through the air as the Rams won 17-3. Their first loss of the season drops the Cardinals to 4-1, while the Rams improve to 3-2, already topping their win total from their 2-14 season in 2011 and having their first winning record at any point during any season since Week Eight of 2006.

The Rams’ pass rush was ferocious, pressuring Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb all night, sacking him nine times and keeping him from ever getting comfortable in the pocket. Although Kolb’s numbers — 28-of-50 for 289 yards, with no interceptions — don’t look terrible, he couldn’t do much of anything except dump off short passes.

On offense, the Rams struggled mightily after their best receiver, Danny Amendola, went down with a broken collarbone. But with their defense dominating the Rams didn’t need much, and when Rams quarterback Sam Bradford hit Chris Givens for a 51-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, it pretty much sealed the game. Bradford completed just seven of his 21 passes, but three of those completions were a 44-yard bomb to Amendola, a seven-yard touchdown to Lance Kendricks and that 51-yard touchdown to Givens. That turned out to be all the Rams needed from their quarterback.

After surprising everyone by starting 4-0, the Cardinals looked more like the team everyone expected them to be on Thursday night. The Cardinals may still turn out to be a good team, but they’re not going to win many games putting three points on the board.

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84 Responses to “Cardinals’ offense can’t get going as Rams hand them their first loss”
  1. beavertonsteve says: Oct 4, 2012 11:43 PM

    Last time the Rams had a winning record the iPhone didn’t exist.

  2. niners816 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:44 PM

    Giving up 16 sacks in 2 games…welcome back to reality, Arizona.

  3. lomax15 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:45 PM

    The Cards will rebound…

  4. ghjjf says: Oct 4, 2012 11:46 PM

    Maybe next game Arizona will allow 10 sacks.

  5. mrplow3 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:46 PM

    I gotta be honest, that was some of the worst offensive line play I’ve ever seen.

    Felt bad for Kolb, he was getting absolutely destroyed.

  6. ramcountry says: Oct 4, 2012 11:47 PM

    Robert Quinn is going to be a sack monster in this league.

    Scary thing is he doesn’t know how good he can be.

  7. pop562 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:47 PM

    with an o line like that…im surprised they went undefeated through the first 4 games…now they have ryan williams hurt…cards never really had a running game going…it was all about their defense and special team…seems like the NFC West is still up for grabs for now….let’s see how this all ends up midseason.

  8. whodeytn says: Oct 4, 2012 11:48 PM

    What an awful game!!!

  9. metalhead65 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:51 PM

    where is the headline of Bradford and amendola shouting at each other over a missed route early in the game? you mean it is ok for quarterbacks and receivers to yell at each other without outrage as long as the qb is not Jay Cutler? yea there is nothing personal in the coverage of Cutler is there?

  10. lomax15 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:51 PM

    It’s one loss…only one team has ever gone undefeated…the Cards are a good team and the extra time off will help…4-1 folks…not too bad.

  11. skito13 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:52 PM

    Rams r starting to jell….with waiver wire wonder offensive line. Brockers will catchup to speed soon…..NFC WEST force. Great job D !

  12. cardiaccardinals says: Oct 4, 2012 11:57 PM

    niners816 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:44 PM

    Giving up 16 sacks in 2 games…welcome back to reality, Arizona.
    ====================================

    Every Cards fan knew our offensive line blew; it was only a matter of time. Personally, I was hoping the time would be after week 8…

  13. theysone says: Oct 4, 2012 11:58 PM

    49ers, 2012 NFC West Champs!

  14. mrcogburn says: Oct 4, 2012 11:59 PM

    Cards are frauds, no surprise there. They were torn up by Miami’s offense for +500 yds. “Undefeated” means so little at 4-0, doesn’t it?

  15. cakemixa says: Oct 4, 2012 11:59 PM

    One of the most fraudulent 4-0 teams in recent history. 2012 version of the 2011 Bills.

  16. ErikW65 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:00 AM

    Still buying that Kolb stock, are you, suckers?

  17. goldrush4949 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:00 AM

    Kolb and Skelton are the Batman and Robin of bad quarterbacking.

  18. vuudu says: Oct 5, 2012 12:00 AM

    The Cards are who we thought they were.

  19. schmitty2 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:01 AM

    As a Ram’s fan..great win but I have to give credit to Kolb and feel bad for him. NO qb could survive that horrible O-line

  20. rj88888 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:01 AM

    Good pick Mr. Glorious

  21. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 5, 2012 12:01 AM

    50 pass attempts for a total of 3 points????

    Come on, “Whiz”. That was an incredibly annoying television viewing experience.

  22. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:02 AM

    Arizona got exposed!

    Way to go St. Louis, you brought down the two supposedly more dominant teams in the NFC West.

    Can’t wait to hear the Cardinal fans on Tuesday after the look at the Power Rankings.

  23. eventhorizon04 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:02 AM

    Winning games by 3 points or less, relying on the other team missing field goals or throwing interceptions, is not a sustainable trend.

    Cardinals need to address their terrible O-line if they expect to do anything in the playoffs this year.

  24. whoknowsnothing says: Oct 5, 2012 12:02 AM

    The Cards need better pass protection if they want to rebound. There worse this season than last season!
    Why do you think Kurt Warner did not want to play another year? Look at O-Line?

  25. geniusfan says: Oct 5, 2012 12:04 AM

    The Cardinals can’t consistently win in today’s NFL with a bad quarterback and the NFL’s worst offensive line.

    They’re still a good team but it’s just a matter of time before their entire offense catches up to them, their defense is super bowl caliber though so there’s that.

  26. liddogg33 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:05 AM

    How in the hell did both those teams beat Seattle?? Wow… That cardinal o line is about as bad as it gets!!! Pathetic!!! Big props to Jeff Fisher and the rams for a great effort tonight!! Thats a young team that seems to be getting a ton better!!! And as for Arizona, looks like the clock is striking midnight princess and this FAIRYTALE is OVER!!!!

  27. bythebeardofplummer says: Oct 5, 2012 12:07 AM

    In the bottom half of the division…welcome back to reality Niners.

  28. 4d9erdynasty says: Oct 5, 2012 12:09 AM

    Just like I said last week, not buying.

  29. calebc3 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:15 AM

    They are who we thought they were.

  30. bluelifer says: Oct 5, 2012 12:15 AM

    Dont feel too bad arizona fans other fraud teams will be exposed soon too :)

  31. tonys2lucky54 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:16 AM

    So much for the Arizona being ‘undefeated’ ..what a performance …against the rams….the Niners rule the west !!

  32. deadeye says: Oct 5, 2012 12:17 AM

    The Cards and coming back to Earth now. Still a good team, just not a playoff one.

  33. bigblu73 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:19 AM

    Thats the Kevin Kolb I Know and remember!!!

  34. polarbear71 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:24 AM

    OMG…I thought Chicago had a BAD O-Line, Arizona’s makes Chicago’s look like a pro-bowl line.

  35. msclemons67 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:24 AM

    Kevin Kolb = Alex Smith 2.0 if the D/ST doesn’t manufacture points he’s sunk.

  36. iced107 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:25 AM

    “Steven Jackson wont be a factor.” – some ignorant cards fan.

    Hahahaha.

  37. phelbin says: Oct 5, 2012 12:26 AM

    As a 49er fan, I’m actually looking forward to playing the other NFC West teams. I think the Niners will come out ahead, but they’re going to be tough games.

  38. maddenisfordorks says: Oct 5, 2012 12:31 AM

    Jags fan here –

    Props to Kevin Kolb. Someone get that guy a beer ASAP.

  39. ripster65 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:33 AM

    Ugh-ly game…

  40. realfann says: Oct 5, 2012 12:34 AM

    I hate Thursday night games. Players are tired, make mistakes, get hurt. Teams are under prepared.

    Get rid of them. Not needed.

  41. joewilliesshnoz says: Oct 5, 2012 12:49 AM

    See ya in St. Louie, Plaxico.

  42. discosucs2005 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:49 AM

    “The Cards will rebound…”

    Totally. Don’t they have a game against the Rams coming up? The Rams are always a good team to rebound against.

  43. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:55 AM

    That’s the worst offensive line I’ve seen in ages. SF fans don’t need to get too happy, they are going back to “reality” along with them after the so-called “upset” that Buffalo is going to hand them.

  44. RUAHORNH8R says: Oct 5, 2012 12:56 AM

    I developed a Ton of respect for Kolb tonight!
    He is young, he had played in less than 20 starts which makes him just above a rookie! He has a great arm, and when he has time, he is very accurate! I totally disagree that he was holding the ball to long on the majority of the plays! The WR’s did not have separation early, then he was smothered , but hung in there. You give him time, and he will be a good QB!
    As a Vikings fan, I give Kudos to Kolb, they gotta fix that Line, that’s quite unacceptable!

  45. fargo49er says: Oct 5, 2012 12:58 AM

    Hahahaha…..as predicted! Go 9ers!

  46. giveseanpaytonhisjuicyfruit says: Oct 5, 2012 1:04 AM

    Dat Gregg Williams coached D

  47. bossplayer213 says: Oct 5, 2012 1:08 AM

    2012 Cardinals, meet 2011 Bills.

  48. randallflagg52 says: Oct 5, 2012 1:11 AM

    Bradford isn’t a very good QB. Like at all.

  49. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Oct 5, 2012 1:21 AM

    Suddenly the nfc east isnt so weak…

  50. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Oct 5, 2012 1:22 AM

    NFC West brainfart

  51. turfrage says: Oct 5, 2012 1:25 AM

    9 sacks in one game! Is that a game record for this season so far??

  52. thehighhat says: Oct 5, 2012 1:29 AM

    1-Niners
    2-Rams
    3-Cardinals
    4-Seahawks

    I see the future return of the Niners/Rams rivalry in a big way with Harbaugh and Fisher at the helms!

  53. capitaloffense says: Oct 5, 2012 1:48 AM

    Perhaps…if they start playing basketball.

  54. omniscient48 says: Oct 5, 2012 1:57 AM

    Time for Jeff Fischer to call Plaxico/TO.

  55. icardfan says: Oct 5, 2012 2:08 AM

    Losing to the Vikings. Welcome back to reality San Fran.

  56. the1849ers says: Oct 5, 2012 2:12 AM

    Barely beat the dolphins last week. Man-handled by the Rams. Cards are middle of the pack team at best.

  57. KIR says: Oct 5, 2012 2:20 AM

    Kolb has a weak arm, has to get the ball out quickly to be effective and Cardinals have no run game. Defensive coordinators are going to blitz the hell out of him. He’s not a starter and won’t last the season.

  58. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 5, 2012 2:22 AM

    It’s so easy for teams to start out fast and burn out.

  59. KIR says: Oct 5, 2012 2:24 AM

    Rams need to draft two No. 1 receivers and a couple of Offensive linemen with all of those picks they received from the Redskins. Amendola is not a No. 1

  60. wayne1693 says: Oct 5, 2012 4:04 AM

    How the hell did they get to 4-0?!? They have absolutely no running game!

  61. nolaisadump says: Oct 5, 2012 5:12 AM

    I lost all respect for Fitzgerald when he ran out of bounds with no contact. He could have gained more yardage had he turned it up or in. It was lame. I don’t often get to see him play and couldn’t believe what he did, my 13 yr old son said his teamates would be benched for giving up on a play as blantently as that. I have seen a few other receivers do that in the past but never a player of his caliber. SAD.

  62. norcalmafia says: Oct 5, 2012 5:15 AM

    Cards defense is for real but there o line is terrible.
    Rams front four is really good.
    Seattles secondary is good.

    All three of these teams are improving but all three of them are still a ways off of competing with the 49ers.

  63. raideralex99 says: Oct 5, 2012 5:16 AM

    I got new respect for Kevin Kolb.

  64. rasalghoul says: Oct 5, 2012 5:37 AM

    They are who we thought they were. Wait… They are who the Bears thought they were. No… They are who Dennis Green thought they were. Screw it… They still suck.

  65. vergaking82 says: Oct 5, 2012 5:39 AM

    They are who we thought they were!!

  66. myvickinabox14 says: Oct 5, 2012 5:54 AM

    Not as many cards fans around as there was 12 hours ago? Where did everybody go? Cardinals fans?…Hello?!?!?!

  67. joetoronto says: Oct 5, 2012 6:03 AM

    I remember a year ago, when it looked like the Rams were about to turn things around. They had some bad luck early on and then it snowballed on them.

    Jeff Fisher walked into a good situation there, IMO, and he’s exactly what they need.

  68. johnnyb1976 says: Oct 5, 2012 6:06 AM

    The real cardinals have just showed up. They were a fraud 4-0 team

  69. kingpel says: Oct 5, 2012 6:11 AM

    I could see these Rams divisional victories coming a mile away, unfortunately I can also see them getting caught in Miami next week if they arent careful.

    Great physical win for the Rams though. Kudos to Jeff Fisher for getting this squad turned around.

  70. 49erstim says: Oct 5, 2012 6:17 AM

    You’ve gotta protect the QB. That is where this game was lost.

  71. osiris33 says: Oct 5, 2012 6:38 AM

    … and the wheels finally come off the Arizona Cardinals Smoke and Mirrors Express…

  72. chalkruz1989 says: Oct 5, 2012 7:33 AM

    One of the things I can’t stand about criticism of quarterbacks. Kevin Kolb did not have any time to drop back and make his reads as Chris Long and Robert Quinn were in his face. Arizona has never valued offensive lineman, and in the state of the NFL being all about passing, and stopping the pass, you need a solid o-line. It’s comical to see how quickly people fell off the bandwagon at the networks after one loss. AZ is a solid team that has a good core, but, the o-line could be a huge issue considering how many teams have elite rushers.

  73. bigredjbird says: Oct 5, 2012 7:47 AM

    Cards lost a tough one. Still 4-1, they’ll rebound

  74. annes22 says: Oct 5, 2012 8:07 AM

    The Dolphins should have beaten them last week too. Nothing changed this week with all the sacks on Kolb. Not surprised at all they got beat. Kolb was beat up all night long. If Carpenter had made a field goal, which he is unable to do right now, Dolphins would have won too.

  75. bkh405 says: Oct 5, 2012 8:28 AM

    Looks like spending 3 first round picks on the d-line paid off after all! Fisher has this team playing their tails’ off, that’s the difference this year.

  76. EJ says: Oct 5, 2012 8:38 AM

    Was the great start a fluke? I bet not, they had one bad day.

  77. laurinaitis4mvp55 says: Oct 5, 2012 8:49 AM

    niners816 says:
    Oct 4, 2012 11:44 PM
    Giving up 16 sacks in 2 games…welcome back to reality, Arizona.

    ———————————————————————————–

    9 sacks, as Robert Quinn had a sack fumble on their final drive

  78. theroostercrowsloud says: Oct 5, 2012 9:36 AM

    I am not a Rams fan so just an obserservation….
    If you haven’t watched Chris Long play then you haven’t seen a D-Lineman put it all on the line and play every down like it is the last one of his life. Sports would be a lot more fun to watch if every player on the field put forth the effort and sacrifice that this kid does. He is disruptive, fast, fit, tough, and smart. Baller!

  79. sj39 says: Oct 5, 2012 9:59 AM

    Betcha the Rams win the division.

  80. joetoronto says: Oct 5, 2012 10:20 AM

    theroostercrowsloud says:
    Oct 5, 2012 9:36 AM
    I am not a Rams fan so just an obserservation….
    If you haven’t watched Chris Long play then you haven’t seen a D-Lineman put it all on the line and play every down like it is the last one of his life. Sports would be a lot more fun to watch if every player on the field put forth the effort and sacrifice that this kid does. He is disruptive, fast, fit, tough, and smart. Baller!
    ***************************************************
    He really is, what a kid and what a player.

    He’s not in the same class as his dad, but he’s a damn good player.

  81. chalkruz1989 says: Oct 5, 2012 11:06 AM

    theroostercrowsloud says:
    Oct 5, 2012 9:36 AM
    I am not a Rams fan so just an obserservation….
    If you haven’t watched Chris Long play then you haven’t seen a D-Lineman put it all on the line and play every down like it is the last one of his life. Sports would be a lot more fun to watch if every player on the field put forth the effort and sacrifice that this kid does. He is disruptive, fast, fit, tough, and smart. Baller!
    ***************************************************
    He really is, what a kid and what a player.

    He’s not in the same class as his dad, but he’s a damn good player.

    ************************************************
    Just to point it out to you, Howie Long only had 10+ sacks in three seasons while playing in 13 seasons. Chris Long has seen his sack total increase every year since being drafted in 2008. Chris will surpass his Dad in the sack category I will guarantee that.

  82. tformation says: Oct 5, 2012 1:49 PM

    Perhaps the Cards could trade for Jamarcus Webb? Seriously, as a Bears fan, I feel your pain, Card-fans.

    The game had me wondering though: “Was this the same Rams team that the Bears soundly spanked a couple weeks ago?” Rams D looked elfin TOUGH in that game. Are the Cards that bad? Or did the Rams wake up?

  83. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 5, 2012 3:23 PM

    Webb actually looked halfway decent Monday night ha.

  84. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 5, 2012 3:29 PM

    Just to point it out to you, Howie Long only had 10+ sacks in three seasons while playing in 13 seasons. Chris Long has seen his sack total increase every year since being drafted in 2008. Chris will surpass his Dad in the sack category I will guarantee that.
    —————

    Different style of football. I grew up in that era. The Raiders, like most of the league, played a 3-4. Bill Pickel was the man on those teams — freeing up Long to run loose on the outside.

    The only defensive ends who racked up sacks were guys like Reggie White, who played in a base 4-3.

    That’s if you’re going to fairly assess the way the Howie Raiders played defense and how the Chris Rams play (with a burgeoning stud opposite him, commanding double teams).

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