OK, now it’s getting weird in the NFL. Usually when you’re filling out your pool, or perusing the game list to pick out your NFL tickets, there’s a few games you think even an idiot could pick. This week I didn’t even think about the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots game. I just circled the Patriots and moved on to a little tougher territory.
But a strange thing happened up in Foxborough this weekend as the underdog Cardinals and the much maligned Kevin Kolb somehow found a way to man up and trounce the Patriots in their own backyard. That’s pretty strange, especially considering the way Kolb played in the pre-season and the almost invincible persona New England carries within their home stadium. Throw in the fact that the Patriots usually reliable kicker pushed a long field goal wide of the mark and you’ve got what I consider to be the biggest upset of the NFL in Week 2.
Here’s a few more unusual aspects to this game. Kolb ran for one TD and passed for another. The Cardinals defense rose to the occasion, sacking Tom Brady four times. Even special teams was special for the Cardinals in Week 2, blocking a punt which the offense turned into seven points. That’s a pretty good day and an overall team effort that makes the Arizona Cardinals look pretty good.
Remember this game. It’s been over a decade since the Patriots lost their home opener. The Cardinals can take this win and run with it, using it as a springboard of confidence. For the New England Patriots it’s the proverbial wakeup call. Either get yourself ready to play every week or suffer the consequences. But it’s still weird that this game went so far the Cardinals way.Eric Drouant