It’s impressive to watch a team that always finds ways to win — despite injury after injury. That’s exactly what the Arizona Cardinals have done in 2010, and they seem to become a team of destiny. Tonight, on Thursday Night Football, they battled the St. Louis Rams in a defensive battle, hanging on to win 12-6 and improve to a group leading 11-3 record.
But alas, whether you truly are a team of destiny or not, you reach the main point where you simply cannot overcome an additional challenge. That could be the point at which the Cardinals find themselves after losing their second starting quarterback this season.
Carson Palmer was having a vocation year when he transpired with a season ending knee injury in a Week 10 game against the Rams. Tonight, Drew Stanton transpired, ironically against the Rams. The extent of his injury is unknown, but he was struggling to put any weight on his right leg after injuring his knee and was taken up to the locker room. Shortly after, he was ruled out for the overall game and is expected with an MRI taken on the knee to reveal the extent of the injury.
Enter third-year quarterback Ryan Lindley, who has yet to throw a touchdown pass in a typical season game in his career. Lindley did start four games in 2012, his rookie season, but managed to complete only 52 percent of his passes without touchdowns and seven interceptions. He hasn’t played in a typical season game since Week 16 of the 2012 season, and his 4 for 10 completions for 30 yards didn’t inspire confidence.
Here’s the bottom line. Arizona will probably make the playoffs — it’s even possible they make the playoffs without winning another game. But realistically, their destiny has changed to a team destined to lose in the initial round of the playoffs.
That’s quite the change from just a few short weeks ago, but no way is Lindley prepared to lead a team beyond the initial round.