On the twelfth week of the season, the NFL gave me, a clear understanding they don’t have a COVID protocol. Ok, that really doesn’t fit the rhyme pattern I wanted. But, week twelve was a burden for most fans, and even the teams getting bumped like this was a Southwest flight. This week-long week of football has shown us that one of the NFC darlings is still just a little guy. The aging Patriots fought off the Arizona Cardinals to remind them they have a ways to go. I am sorry for your loss Arizona Cardinals, but your season is over.
The Cardinals are one of the up-and-coming teams with one of the freshest minds in football, coach and beard model, Kliff Kinsbury. There is no denying the potential that the Cardinals offense can bring on a weekly basis through the air. Kyler Murray is winning people over with amazing plays, not just the charm of your little brother’s best friend. Week 12 was another story. Murray was only able to put up 170 yards through the air on 23 of 34 passes.
The Cardinals went into the half with a marginal lead. But, the New England defense held the line. They kept Drake out of the endzone on the first half’s final play. Arizona opened the third quarter with three straight busted drives. Two punts and an interception took the momentum from the Cardinals and allowed Cam Newton to meander his way into saving the day.
The game was closely played as the Pats and Cards were tied going into the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter. The perpetually banged up Super Man staggered out of the phone booth one more time for the Patriots. Newton scrambled for fourteen yards and got the helmet to helmet flag to add on another fifteen yards and get them into field goal position.
It has been fun to watch the Cardinals play in 2020. But, they are sitting one game over .500 and still chasing Kurt Warner’s ghost. At least the benefit of playing for Arizona is that Kyler Murray will always be fresh and ready to go for spring training.