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Cardinals Cover 2 - Week 1 'Not Cardinal Football'
Ep. 589 - Well, that was not what anyone expected to see on Sunday. It's one thing to lose. It's another to get outplayed in every phase of the game. And the Cardinals were certainly outplayed in a 44-21 season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi give their thoughts, starting with a defense that is undermanned. They then shift their attention to the offense, which was held to just seven points through three quarters. Overall, where do the Cardinals go from here? The guys revisit Dennis Gardeck's postgame comments.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Defense Cages Panthers In Carolina
Ep. 598 - Never apologize for winning on the road. That's the saying, right? The Cardinals improved to 2-0 on the road this season, beating the Panthers in Carolina, 26-16. And, once again, it was the defense leading the way. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi highlight the performances of Zach Allen and J.J. Watt, among others. The defense needed to play well with the offense, again, stuck in neutral during the first half. Kyler Murray and company didn't start rolling until the third quarter; and when they did, it was fun to watch. Overall, it's good to be 2-2.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Let's Reverse The Carolina Curse
Ep. 597 - Home. Road. It just has not mattered. The Cardinals have not been able to beat the Carolina Panthers. That needs to change this week. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi discuss what the Cardinals need to do to end what has become a six-game losing streak in the series. Complicating this season's matchup is the weather. Rain is in the forecast. How, if at all, does that change what the Cardinals plan to do on offense? Maybe run the ball more? Defensively, it is very clear what needs to happen: stop, or at least contain, running back Christian McCaffrey.
Cardinals Cover 2 - To Run Or Not To Run
Ep. 596 - That is the question, right? And it is a question that has been discussed before on the show when it comes to Kyler Murray's rushing attempts. But something changed on Wednesday where the question needed to be asked again. And it was Murray himself who initiated the change, telling reporters he wouldn't mind a few more designed runs. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck wonder aloud if that may be the answer to help spark the offense. Also, they go over the latest injury report which includes good news and bad news on the wide receiver front.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Hooray For Hollywood (Brown), But Not Much Else
Ep. 595 - Despite Hollywood Brown's best efforts, the Cardinals were once again on the short end against the Los Angeles Rams. And, once again, it was another slow start—both on offense and defense—that ultimately doomed the team. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi look back at the 20-12 loss at State Farm Stadium. The offense isn't scoring points and the defense isn't stopping the opponent from scoring in the first quarter of games. The bright spot, though, had to be Brown's career-high 14 catches on a career-high 17 targets
Cardinals Cover 2 - NFC West Play Begins
Ep. 594 - Which Cardinals team shows up on Sunday? Will it be the one that looked listless in Week 1 and through the first two quarters last week? Or the one that battled back from a 20-point halftime deficit against the Raiders? Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi hope it's the latter, especially with this week's visit by the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. The two breakdown the first division game of the season. The key matchups include, the obvious one, the offensive line trying to slow down Aaron Donald plus Byron Murphy perhaps on an island with Cooper Kupp. By the way, like the Cardinals, the Rams are 1-1.
Cardinals Cover 2 - A Handful Of Running Backs
Ep. 593 - Five running backs on the initial 53-man roster was eye-opening. Heading into Week 2, the Cardinals still have that same number occupying the running back room. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss, in hindsight, why it should not have been a surprise to see the team keep five running backs. Yes, James Conner is the starter, but Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams both are more than capable. Also, are the Cardinals capable of faster starts? The first halves of each of the first two games of the season have been less than ideal. Just one touchdown scored in four quarters.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Jackpot! Kyler Murray, Defense Win Big In Las Vegas
Ep. 592 - Here's hoping that what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas; at least how the Cardinals performed in the second half and overtime of Sunday's 29-23 win at Allegiant Stadium. It was truly a tale of two halves. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi discuss the two games that were played against the Las Vegas Raiders. Kyler Murray was outstanding with both his arm and his legs; the latter providing several viral moments. Byron Murphy, J.J. Watt, Isaiah Simmons and the entire defense stepped up. It was just one win, but it may be a win that changes the course of the rest of the season.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Viva Las Vegas
Ep. 591 - Everyone who visits Las Vegas wants to win, or at least come out ahead. The Cardinals are no exception. Their win, though, needs to be on the field. After a poor performance in Week 1, the Cardinals hope they have corrected the many mistakes they made. No team wants to begin the regular season with two losses. So what must happen? Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi breakdown Sunday's matchup against the Raiders. The Chandler Jones storyline is an obvious one. The Cardinals need to limit the Raiders pass rush and generate one themselves in their first-ever visit to Allegiant Stadium.