– 1st and 10 and Rams 25 – The Cardinals come out in a Pro-formation with 3 WR set (Fitzgerald, Floyd and Roberts) Wells once again the lone RB in the backfield. Lindley snaps the ball and appears to get his feet planted to throw but tosses it to WR Roberts who comes streaking behind him for an end around from right to left for a gain of 13 yards. Nothing spectacular about the play as it was a simple end around but the blocking from the WRs was rather text book and allowed the play to work. WR Floyd is an excellent run blocker and does very well in blocking on this play.
– 1st and 10 at Rams 12 – The Cardinals come out in a I-formation with 3 WR set (Fitzgerald and Floyd to the right and Roberts to the left) with Wells as the lone RB in the backfield. Lindley motions for Housler to come in motion from right to left as the Rams LB McIntosh follows him. Lindley calls for the snap and hands off to Wells who runs in essentially untouched for the 12 yard TD. This was a well executed play on all parts as the Cardinals did a magnificent job at run blocking on this play from every level. The WRs all blocked their man’s adequately. Wells isn’t the fastest RB but when the holes are as big as they were on this play then it’s a foregone conclusion that he will certainly take advantage of them.
The Cardinals on that drive illustrated just how capable they are in running the ball and throwing high percentage passes off the run. If a defense isn’t careful, the Cardinals from earlier in the season (at least the running game) can show up at anytime. The Cardinals aren’t losing because of lack of aggressiveness or the lack of effort; they have been losing most of their games due to being totally outplayed on both sides of the ball by the opposing team. Something this Jets team can certainly relate to.