Larry Fitzgerald noted a lack of urgency and intensity from the Cardinals Sunday. Bruce Arians wasn't sure about that, with the offense driving down the field to open the London game (only to have Phil Dawson miss a 32-yard field goal) and the defense stiffening to hold the Rams to a field goal themselves on the opening drive.
But, Arians said, that didn't mean there were not issues.
"I think our team right now doesn't overcome bad things very well," Arians said. "If there's one thing I can say about our team is — and I hate to say we're kind of frontrunners — when things are going good, they're going really good. Right now, we have to be able to adjust on that sideline emotionally when something doesn't go our way."
Arians said a lot could be explained by youth, except that the Cardinals have a ton of veterans who are on the roster specifically for things just like this. There is a snowball effect to be sure. The offense has been uneven all season, and when it sputters, it feels like that is permeating to the defensive side.
"We have to find a way to put the fire out," safety Tyrann Mathieu said. "Football is really a game of momentum. There are little plays that may not show up on the stat sheet, all that adds to the energy and momentum of the game. Whoever makes those plays consistently, they'll always have the momentum."
The Cardinals have found momentum this season, but too often it is of the negative kind. They will try and reverse that going forward, but without the starting quarterback, the fire just got a little more out of control.