It probably will not get much national attention because it's the Cardinals and it was just the preseason. And lately, nothing about the NFL seems more irrelevant than the Cardinals and the show games in general.
Nobody in the whole league gives a song of them today.
Maybe it's justified. Maybe it is not. But in the event that anyone missed it, the unfortunate Cardinals just set the NFL on fire this past season with their penchant for collecting revenue at an alarming rate. In the first three games alone, they were able to accommodate a whopping 16 of them, including eight in Dallas on Sunday night in Dallas against the Cowboys.
No team in nearly 20 years preseason football has done such a thing. In fact, not since the Buccaneers in 2000, a team has ever recorded 16 or more takeaways during an entire preseason schedule. Tampa Bay finished 17 of them this year.
Yes, it's just preseason football, but imagine what the skeptics would say if the Cardinals had committed 16 turnovers through three preseason games. Rookie head coach Steve Wilks would never have heard the end of it. He would be roasted because in 2018 he was unable to accomplish anything.
Not that the odds makers of Las Vegas would expect much from Arizona. According to her, the Cardinals will be happy to finish with six wins this season.
Let them all think what they want, says cornerback Patrick Peterson. The perennial Pro Bowl selection knows the value of a defense that can produce sales faster than a pastry chef. And although the number of cardinals' forced turnovers seems almost the otherworldly, it was no shock to Peterson.
"Honestly, that's what I envisioned," said Peterson, who forced a fumble and returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown against the Cowboys. "That's what I've been talking about all spring and to this point, this defense is really opportunistic and it's really set up for us to make games in every position – from the linebacker position, from the front four to the back seven.
"When we're out there, we fly around, we play fast football and we play together and we communicate. It's fun to see how we fly around and play the kind of football we can play.
For Wilks, it reminds of his time as a defensive back coach for the Bears when he first entered the NFL in 2006. Chicago led the league with 44 takeaways this season and advanced to the Super Bowl.
"It has stayed with me ever since," he said, "and hopefully we can continue to do so here. This is a cornerstone of our defense by creating takeaways and points for defense. It's really the standard we set. It's what we emphasize, what we teach and what we preach as coaches – take the ball away. "
The Cardinals scored three touchdowns in the first three preseason games, including two against the Cowboys last week, which is the pinnacle of tireless work and the Cardinals do not expect sales to go down as soon as the regular season kicks off anyway, they're counting on creating more of them.
If they do that, they'll probably deserve some sort of nickname. "
" Yes, maybe, "said Budda Baker," The security had wiretapping in Dallas. " We can not do it yet. Not in the preseason. Maybe we can come up with something when the season starts.
They would have seen the smile as they ran back from David Johnson after playing with eight other players in Dallas He did not play, but he licks his chops and thinks about how many times the units of defense and special teams hit the ball Back to the offensive so he can do his thing.
Nothing makes a power play more powerful than a sales machine.
"Oh yeah, I'm excited about that," Johnson said, "talk about ways. It's crazy what our defense and special teams did. I can not wait for the season to start.
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