The Arizona Cardinals (1-2) came out of halftime on Sunday with the dominating enthusiasm of a team that nearly won the Super Bowl last year.
In eight plays, the Cards marched 73 yards down the field in about four minutes, culminating in a 10-yard Anquan Boldin touchdown.
As for the rest of the game, to compare the Cardinals to a good high school football team would be insulting to high school football teams across the country.
In the Cardinals 31-10 loss to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts (3-0), the Cards gave up more than 500 yards of total offense and played four agonizing quarters of stupid football.
After taking a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter, Cardinals running back Tim Hightower fumbled at the Indianapolis five yard line, which led to a 95-yard Colts touchdown drive and a lead that was never lost.
Hightower went on to fumble again later in the game. That, combined with Kurt Warner getting intercepted twice and 35 team penalty yards was the nail in the coffin for the Cards.
At the end of the second quarter, the Cards had a shot to at least keep things competitive. At the Indianapolis one-yard line, with seconds to go, Warner was pressured into a one-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald that would have been a touchdown if not for the outstretched hand of Colts cornerback Tim Jennings.
Jennings deflected the pass and it was intercepted by Indianapolis safety Antoine Bethea, leaving the Cards with a 21-3 deficit going into halftime.
In his post-game interview, Warner, coming off last week's NFL record-breaking 92.3 completion percentage, looked like he could use hug.
In addition to the interceptions, Warner completed 30 of 52 passes, while only throwing one touchdown.
To be honest, the offense was moving the ball fairly well. However, what Kurt and the boys couldn't do was move the ball when it mattered.
The offense netted a total of 323 yards in the loss, but couldn't seem to find the end zone, or the uprights for that matter.
The Cards only converting on four of 14 third downs certainly didn't help.
Hightower ran for a pitiful 22 yards, but the passing game was on (when Warner wasn't throwing to the Indianapolis secondary).
Anquan Boldin had six receptions for 83 yards, Steve Breaston had seven receptions for 94 yards, and Larry Fitzgerald also had seven for 76 yards.
Seven receptions is hopefully enough to keep Larry's baby bro's Twitter page dormant for at least two weeks.
Fortunately, the Cardinals have a very welcome bye week next to sort out all the sloppy details, which gives fans an opportunity to use Sunday for something other than getting frustrated.
Fans are encouraged to go to church, temple, or any house of worship and pray for the Cardinals. Eternal salvation can wait. This season, on the other hand, is spiraling out of control.
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