COMMENTARY | Carson Palmer's shoulders are getting awfully heavy piling up all of these losses. The latest version was a horrific 34-22 loss at home to the Seattle Seahawks where the Palmer-led offensive "attack" piled up all of 234 yards.
A significant chunk of those yards were accumulated late in the game when the result was virtually decided. Palmer was horrible, atrocious, gruesome and lurid. The offensive line couldn't stop the Seattle defensive line coaches, much less the players. The final score didn't properly show the ugliness.
CARSON PALMER WAS APPALLING
The final numbers show Palmer completing 30-of-45 passes for 258 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He took seven sacks, fumbled once and targeted Andre Ellington the same amount of times he targeted Larry Fitzgerald (five times).
True, the offensive line is somewhat to blame. However, there's no sugarcoating this one. Peyton Manning could play behind this line and get results. The truth of the matter is, Palmer is mediocre at best and just can't produce without a better line and running game.
RASHARD MENDENHALL WAS DREADFUL
Let me remind you that Beanie Wells was released and hasn't found a home. Now, let me give you the statline of 13 rushes for 22 yards. That 1.7 yards per carry reminds me of Edgerrin James when he was in the desert.
Again, the offensive line is somewhat to blame and the terrific Seahawks defense deserves some credit. But, this isn't a new revelation. The Cardinals have struggled to run the ball since Marcel Shipp was in town. In fact, the last time the Cardinals finished in the top-21 in the league was 2002, when they were No. 15 in rushing yards.
THE OFFENSIVE LINE WAS GHASTLY
Perhaps a better word is horrendous, foul, nightmarish or macabre. They may as well have been ghosts because that's how effective they were in creating protection for Palmer. The Seattle defense knocked Palmer down 13 times and recorded seven sacks.
The Cardinals were tackled for a loss nine times. It's fair to say that meetings aren't going to be fun for this group if they're going to watch film. If there was a silver lining, it's that Palmer wasn't hit hard for the most part.
BIG PLAYS BY THE DEFENSE, BUT A LOSING EFFORT NONETHELESS
In a similar scenario to the loss against the San Francisco 49ers a week earlier, the defense played hard and made some plays but got crushed by the tight end and just got pummeled by the rushing attack of Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch rushed 21 times for 91 yards and a touchdown, but it was his bruising style that did the most damage. The fact that he was the one initiating contact was embarrassing for Cardinals fans. During his run to the one yard line in which he knocked Darnell Dockett's helmet off, he may as well have knocked the whole team out.
If it weren't for John Abraham and the forced fumbles, this game could have really gotten out of hand. As it was, the Cardinals, specifically on offense, were awful, nauseating and deplorable.
Michael Dunlap covers the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks for the Yahoo Contributor Network. He is an NBA credentialed writer who is also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of HoopsHabit.com.
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