The Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears game was a roller coaster of emotions from start to finish. Arizona started off hot with Sam Bradford throwing two touchdown passes in the first quarter. Bradford had finally thrown a pass farther than 10 yards, and he did it twice. At that moment I thought maybe they had figured out their problems. Maybe I was wrong about Bradford. Then, the first loop happened and I remembered why I had such a harsh take on Bradford. He returned to his old ways. He was unable to throw a pass more than 10 yards, and the offense was stagnant for the rest of the game. The Bears took a while to come back, but once they did it was over for the Cardinals. They tried changing things up at the end and threw their 10th overall pick in this years draft, Josh Rosen, into the game to try to change the momentum. This failed, and Rosen threw 4-for-7, with 36 yards and an interception. This was a difficult situation to put the rookie in, but Bradford has played so bad for the Cardinals that it was only a matter of time.
On the plus side of this loss, Arizona’s defense finally showed that unlike their offensive counter-parts, they are able to actually play good football. The team held Mitchell Trubisky to 220 yards and forced an interception. This might not sound great, but in the case of the Cardinals, they did all they could to help their offense. The defense also sacked Trubisky three times. The run defense wasn’t perfect, but they did hold Chicago to only 122 yards. The majority of their offense comes from their two talented backs. Jordan Howard had 61 yards, on 24 carries, and Tarik Cohen had 53 yards, on 5 carries. The defense showed up this game and proved that if they can get a little time to rest between possessions, they will have the energy to make plays on their end.
Bradford started out hot with his first two touchdowns but finished the game 13-for-19, for 157 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a lost fumble. Bradford was a hot mess after the two scores. David Johnson was utilized more in this game with 61 total yards and a touchdown. They used him early but failed to keep feeding him once Bradford started struggling. The run game was easy to stop once they stopped the passing. Larry Fitzgerald had an underwhelming game with only two receptions for nine yards.
After Bradford failed to get the team into scoring position, Rosen was given his first chance to shine. With over four minutes left in the game, the Cardinals put him in to try to get them into field goal range. On Rosen’s first attempt he moved the ball slowly down the field and on a fourth down threw an interception. The Cardinals had all their time outs left, and they gave Rosen one more shot. He threw a pass right to a Bears defensive back and returned for a touchdown. The score was later taken off the board because of a penalty. On the last play of the game Rosen tried to throw a Hail Mary, but Chicago’s aggressive defense sacked him. Rosen was not given much of a chance to prove himself in the loss, but hopefully he will take what he learned and put it into his next opportunity.
Rosen looked composed and ready to play in his time on the field. After his interception and failing to stage the comeback, there was still more confidence in his abilities compared to Bradford. Rosen is young and I doubt they wanted to play him so early, but they needed to. Rosen won’t completely change the Cardinals, but he is sure to give the team and fans hope. He is the future of that organization, and mentally, he seems ready for the challenge. The Cards looks desperate for a change and the questions are not just about the quarterback. Rosen will have the start for Arizona in their next game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. This will be their first division game and a test for Rosen against a struggling team. If Rosen helps lead the Cards to a win, fans will automatically love him.