The latest edition of the podcast is live and ready for your listening pleasure. With the Arizona Cardinals picking up a big 27-17 win over the Los Angeles Rams with Colt McCoy starting at quarterback, Revenge of the Birds’ Seth Cox and I had a lot to talk about.
We discussed McCoy’s play and pumped the brake a bit on some of what is being said about him and the starting job.
We also talk about the defensive play against the Rams, Eno Benjamin’s release, our takeaways from the first episode of “Hard Knocks,” and we preview the Cardinals’ Week 11 matchup on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
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Here are the approximate timestamps for the different parts of the show.
(1:00) Colt McCoy’s play vs. the Rams
(18:46) Evaluating the defense’s play vs. the Rams
Ertz’ season end with 47 receptions, 406 yards and four touchdowns.
The Arizona Cardinals are down another starter on offense and this injury is for the rest of the season. Veteran tight end Zach Ertz, after making a catch against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, injured his knee and had to be carted off the field.
It looked serious.
Initial reports were optimistic he would be able to return before the end of the season but that is not the case.
This is a blow to the passing game. He had 47 receptions for 406 yards and four touchdowns through 10 games and was well on his way to setting the franchise record for the most receptions in a season by a tight end. His 56 catches in 11 games last season tied the single-season mark.
His 47 receptions and four touchdown catches lead the team through 10 games.
He will end up on injured reserve and perhaps Maxx Williams will be signed from the practice squad to replace him. It is another opportunity for rookie Trey McBride to play in a larger role.
There was a lot to like in the Cardinals’ win over the Rams on Sunday.
The Arizona Cardinals picked up a W on Sunday with a 27-17 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on the road Sunday afternoon. It was without Kyler Murray, D.J. Humphries, Matt Prater or Byron Murphy, who were all out with injuries.
Colt McCoy led the Cardinals to a win but it was the defense that did its job against a poor Rams offense.
What can we take away from the game? Our observations and takeaways from the win are below.
Check out the video with all the big plays from the Cardinals’ 27-17 over the Rams on Sunday.
The Arizona Cardinals kept their faint playoff hopes alive on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams with a 27-17 victory in Week 10. It was a battle of backup quarterbacks, as both Kyler Murray and Matthew Stafford were injured.
For the Cardinals Colt McCoy picked up his third win in four starts over the last two seasons and improved to 3-0 against the NFC West. He got the ball out quickly, completing 26-of-37 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.
Running back James Conner scored twice and rushed for 69 yards in 21 carries, while the defense was big against the Rams.
They held the Rams to only 256 yards of offense. The Rams converted only 3-of-11 third-down attempts. Receiver Cooper Kupp was held to three receptions for negative-one yards and the Cardinals forced two turnovers.
While it was an ugly game for most of the contest, there were plenty of highlights.
The Arizona Cardinals entered the game without starting quarterback Kyler Murray on the road against the Los Angeles Rams, but backup Colt McCoy led an efficient, mostly mistake-free offense against the Rams, leading the Cardinals to a 27-17 win, improving them to 4-6 and giving them their first division win of the season.
McCoy completed 26-of-37 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.
The Cardinals only had 295 yards of offense and were 5-for-15 on third down but were 3-for-3 on fourth down and the defense was great against Rams backup quarterback John Wolford.
The Arizona defense limited the Rams to only 256 yards of offense, held them to 3-of-11 on third down, had three sacks and forced two turnovers.
They limited receiver Cooper Kupp, who exited the game in the second half with an ankle injury, to only three catches for a loss of one yard.
Receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore were productive. Hopkins had 10 receptions for 98 yards. Moore had nine catches for 94, including a one-handed fourth-down catch for 26 yards.
In a battle of backup quarterbacks, Colt McCoy and the Arizona Cardinals bested John Wolford and the Los Angeles Rams, picking up a 27-17 win on the road Sunday afternoon.
McCoy had 238 passing yards and a touchdown, getting the ball out quickly, and James Conner had a pair of rushing touchdowns.
They got a strong defensive performance, forcing two turnovers, holding the Rams to 3-of-11 on third down and limiting star receiver Cooper Kupp to only three receptions for minus-1 yards before he exited the game with an ankle injury.
The Cardinals improve to 4-6 and move ahead of the Rams, who fall to 3-6, in the NFC West standings, and pick up their first division win of the year.