Its been a rough NFL preseason for last years Superbowl runner up. The Arizona Cardinals have only scored one touchdown in two games as they’ve stumbled to a 0-2 record. Things didn’t get any better on Saturday night, as the visiting San Diego Chargers added to their offensive woes en route to a 17-6 victory. The Chargers evened their record at 1-1, while the Cards slumped to 0-2.
The Chargers cornerbacks performed admirably against Arizona, and Antonio Cromartie said that’s been a focus for the team during the preseason:
“That’s one of our biggest focuses. Do whatever you’ve got to to keep them out of the end zone. We did that.”
Despite the teams struggles Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn’t particularly concerned:
“I’m disappointed that we haven’t had more touchdowns, obviously but I will say this, we haven’t game planned in the red zone. A lot of times when we game plan in the red zone we’re one of the best teams in the NFL, because we put our players in a position to best give them a chance to win.’
QB Warner sounded a similar tone:
“It is disappointing because we had some opportunities we didn’t capitalize on like we wanted to but there is going to be a lot of stuff we can learn from tonight. We will get better and be all right in a couple of weeks.”
The Chargers offense hasnt lit up the scoreboard either, and during this game suffered a lot of breakdowns in pass protection. San Diego coach Norv Turner indicated that this was an area of concern:
“The things we take a lot of pride in around here. Tonight our guys saw we have some work to do.”
LaDanian Tomlinson saw limited action”his first in the preseason since 2005. LT said that it was beneficial:
“I think it was just good to get in there and start to get a rhythm.
Arizona will host Green Bay on Friday night, while San Diego will continue their NFL preseason slate in Atlanta as they play the Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night. The Cardinals will open the NFL regular season on Sunday, September 13 as they host the San Francisco 49ers while the Chargers will start the 2009 campaign on Monday, September 14th as they travel to Oakland for a game against the Raiders.
Ross Everett is a freelance sports writer and respected authority on free picks. His writing has appeared on a variety of sports sites including sportsbooks and betting predictions sites. He lives in Las Vegas with three Jack Russell Terriers and a kangaroo. He is currently working on an autobiography of former energy secretary Donald Hodell.