GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona’s late-season fade is beginning to really feel like a full-blown collapse.
The Cardinals did not clinch a playoff spot for the third straight week after a 22-16 loss to the banged-up Indianapolis Colts, who have been lacking arguably their finest defensive participant and 4 beginning offensive linemen.
After a 7-0 document to begin the season, the Cardinals are simply 3-5.
The errors began early Saturday and piled up in a brutal first half: Kicker Matt Prater missed a protracted area aim and an additional level. The offense had a turnover on downs and gave up a security when quarterback Kyler Murray could not deal with a low snap. Arizona was known as for seven penalties earlier than the break and 11 for the sport.
“At any degree of soccer, you may’t do these issues,” Murray stated. “Proper now, we’re just about killing ourselves.”
It is the second yr in a row the Cardinals have had a late-season fade. They began the 2020 season with a 6-3 document however closed with a 2-5 mark to overlook the playoffs for a fifth straight season. The comparisons are inevitable and working again Chase Edmonds is aware of that the criticism is coming.
“Proper now, we’re simply in a tricky spot,” Edmonds stated. “We have to band collectively, we have got to get collectively, keep one as a household. We all know what will come subsequent with the noise.”
The excellent news for the Cardinals is that they’ll nearly actually make the playoffs even when they lose their ultimate two video games of the season towards the Cowboys and Seahawks. There is a myriad of how for Arizona to again into the bracket, even by ending 10-7.
That is little solace for a workforce that seemed like one of many NFL’s finest a pair months in the past.
“All you need to do is get in, that’s all you bought to do,” Murray stated. “However on the finish of the day we don’t wish to get in the best way we’re enjoying. We wish to go in enjoying good, feeling good about ourselves.”
There have been some accidents which have undoubtedly damage. Three-time Defensive Participant of the 12 months J.J. Watt has a shoulder damage that can doubtless preserve him out for the remainder of the yr. Three-time All-Professional receiver DeAndre Hopkins can also be doubtless out for the remainder of the common season due to a sprained knee.
“I feel everyone has to deal with their job,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury stated. “A number of the guys out … guys try to do an excessive amount of at occasions and we’ve acquired to take it one play at a time, reset and do it once more.”
The Colts — and nearly anybody else on this COVID-19 stuffed season — will not have a lot sympathy for the Cardinals. Indianapolis discovered hours earlier than the sport that 2020 All-Professional linebacker Darius Leonard and two others had examined constructive for the virus. They have been lacking 4 beginning offensive linemen and their beginning tight finish by the top of the primary half due to accidents.
But the Colts nonetheless discovered a win.
That is at the least partly as a result of the Cardinals preserve discovering methods to lose.
Kingsbury is 0-5 with the Cardinals once they’ve had an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot.
“The factor about it’s it is fixable,” Murray stated. “We simply need to look ourselves within the mirror and cease making these errors as a result of that recreation was very winnable. Good groups don’t do this.”
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