GLENDALE, Ariz. – GLENDALE, Arizona Cardinals’ defense changed the game by allowing pickups by quarterback Andy Dalton on two consecutive drives right before halftime. And the team kept pounding it during the second half to defeat New Orleans Saints 42-34. New Orleans Saints 42-34.
The Cardinals scored 42 points which are their highest score in a single game since Week 17 in 2016 and the highest score since the team was coached by Kliff Kingsbury. The win ended an eight-game streak of home defeats for Arizona which was tied for the longest losing streak at home since 1940.
The Cardinals are required to win this game in the direst possible way. They had an 0-4 start Their offense was sluggish and they were in the midst of a slow start to the season.
They then made a show on television in front of an impressive defensive display that was with two interceptions returning to score touchdowns. The two pick-sixes – the first from Cornerback Marco Wilson followed by one from the linebacker Isaiah Simmons on consecutive drives resulted in the Cardinals in control of a contest that was tied at 14 prior to starting the pick-six.
This Thursday’s game could prove to be the defining event of the Cardinals season. DeAndre Hopkins played well in his return from suspension. Hopkins racked up 103 yards on 10 catches, and re-acclimating to the offense just as as the Cardinals might have expected. However, the defense finding its groove against the pass, and complemented by an offense that was able to find its own rhythm was exactly the thing the Cardinals required to possibly change the direction of their season.
The game can be described using two terms The game is called Pick-sixes. Two interception returns to score touchdowns at the close of the first quarter provided the Cardinals an unbeatable lead of two points and gave them the winning.
This a bold prediction for the coming week with 10 days between Thursday’s contest and the Cardinals’ next game, which will be against Minnesota. Minnesota Vikings, Robbie Anderson will have plenty of time to learn the game plan down and know his role to be a more integral part of the offensive.
Unknown statistic The Cardinals scored 28 points during the first quarter. Before the game, they scored 29 points in the first half of the first six games.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints have pledged to correct the mistakes, the poor tackles, and the poorly-timed penalties. They’ve said repeatedly that there’s plenty of time to play.
After the sixth loss, they’ve suffered in the last six games and a loss in six games, the Saints are becoming worse. Dalton was able to give up 14 points all by himself using the two pick-sixes. the Saint’s defense was not helping matters, since the team that used to be the mainstay in the group has been struggling this season.
The injuries certainly played a role in the result as the wide receivers Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry were out, and three cornerbacks were sacked (Marshon Lattimore and Paulson Adebo as well as Bradley Roby). The injuries are just one of the causes but similar mistakes have been made by the Saints from the beginning of Week 1.
QB breakdown: Dalton and prime-time performances haven’t been a good match. Dalton was in this game the sole quarterback to have lost five consecutive prime-time games by at minimum 17 points, since the year 1970. Dalton didn’t contribute to this streak even after the Saints scored a few final touchdowns to narrow the gap. Dalton threw four touchdowns total however, back-to-back pick-sixes (one was blundering in the hands of the receiver Marquez Callaway) definitely didn’t help his reputation as a prime-time quarterback. As Jameis Winston getting healthier it was the worst timing to allow Dalton to deliver a poor performance of a performance if would like to hold the quarterback’s job as the starter.
The troubling trend The Saints started this game sporting the lowest turnover rate in the league, and they did not help the stats. Their defense did not take the ball at all, but their offense was able to give it away three times. The Saints have been very at committing turnovers this year and have faced penalties in the most inconvenient instances. Saints Coach Dennis Allen has said on multiple occasions that the team will tackle some of these issues, but to date, there is no evidence of fixing them.
The biggest gap in the game strategy: The Saints players seemed to disappear at various points of the game. New player Rashid Shaheed who was a part of the team that made its NFL debut this month and scored touchdowns in his first two career catches, didn’t get an opportunity to play following a 53-yard touchdown catch during the first quarter. Taysom Hill Taysom Hill was targeted by one player, which resulted in a touchdown, and was a big part in the 4th quarter sitting on the sidelines. It’s no surprise that the Saints are already short on offensively, so unless an injury-related issue, it’s odd not to employ players who have shown positive this year. -Katherine Terrell Katherine Terrell
Unknown statistic: Saints quarterbacks have delivered six pick-sixes since the beginning of the season. They are with the league’s highest total during that time together with those of the Los Angeles Rams.