The Arizona Cardinals are off to a better start to the season than many expected, but the team's 17-3 loss Thursday night to the St. Louis Rams was a disappointing effort from a team that has shown it can do better in the early going.
The obvious problem for the Cardinals was an inability to do anything with the football, only scoring three points. That problem started in the trenches, as Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds elaborates:
It was a bad night for the offense. And that's putting it in kind terms... But what was an even bigger story (and not in a good way) for the Cardinals was the atrocious play of the Offensive Line. Kolb was sacked a total of 9 times, totaling in a loss of 52 yards. Linemen Bobby Massie and D'Anthony Batiste were abused all night. This affected the run-game as well, as RB Ryan Williams was only able to garner 33 yards off 14 rushes.
The defense held Sam Bradford to 7-for-21 passing, but two of those completions were for over 40 yards, one of which set up a score, and one of which was a 51-yard strike to Chris Givens that sealed the deal.
While the loss is surely disappointing, not many Cardinals supporters would have put the team at 4-1 after five games. Although the loss was a dismal effort to a St. Louis team not expected to be amongst the league's best, things have still gone well for Arizona thus far this season. Revenge of the Birds agreed, as the blog's front page notes, "it was a good streak while it lasted."