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Don’t panic: Preaching patience after Week 1 of the Wilks era “We need to fire Wilks AND Keim.”“I’m done with Bradford put in Rosen.”“Mike McCoy needs to be fired.”Maybe the only thing more concerning than the Cardinals’ performance on the field yesterday was the RotB comment section. Sure Black D.J. Humphries Jersey , most of it was probably just frustrated fans blowing off steam—and Cardinals fans definitely had reason to be frustrated—but there was a lot of this kind of sentiment before the game was even over. I haven’t seen an overreaction this bad since Veronica Corningstone told Ron Burgundy that he had bad hair.Now, no one blames Cardinals fans for, ahem, seeing red after yesterday’s game. We all know the numbers by now. Outgained 429 yards to 213, 30 first downs to 14. Time of possession 38 minutes to 22. One third down conversion. Only 37 yards rushing for David Johnson. A 4.5 YPA for Sam Bradford. To say nothing of the 24-6 final score. Yeah, it wasn’t a pretty start for the Steve Wilks era.But I’m here to tell Cardinals fans to not panic. I never thought it would be me—the guy who predicted the team to go 7-9, and saw a potential 5-11 season—but here we are. So, while there’s definitely reason to be concerned about the Cardinals after yesterday’s debacle of a season opener, it’s not time to panic. Here are a few reasons why. (All stats courtesy of ESPN.)Nothing That Happened Was SurprisingPerhaps the three biggest issues yesterday—shaky passing game, leaky run defense, and penalties—were also issues in the preseason. While it’s concerning that Wilks and his staff weren’t able to do more to address these known issues, at least no new problems surfaced. It might be time to panic if, say, Larry Fitzgerald looked old and slow instead of the lone bright spot in the passing game. Or if Chandler Jones and the pass rush struggled to generate pressure. Or if Patrick Peterson and Co. were beat over the top by Washington’s mediocre WRs. But none of that happened. What we thought would be strengths are strengths, and what we thought would be weaknesses are weaknesses. We can work with that.There Were Bright SpotsYou might have to squint a bit, sure, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom. As mentioned above, the pass rush was as advertised—the Redbirds generated 3 sacks and 8 QB hits in a game where the opponent really didn’t have to pass a lot. That should continue to be a strength. Washington WRs only had 8 catches (on 13 targets) 65 yards. Yes, that’s partially a function of Washington not needing to throw to them much (we were victimized by their RBs/TEs), but it’s still encouraging. The running game averaged 4.5 YPC—again, small sample size due to the game script, but we’ll take it. And special teams looked vastly improved. Andy Lee might’ve been our MVP yesterday (52.6 yards per punt, with 3 inside the 20) and rookie WR Christian Kirk had a nice long punt return, continuing his solid preseason play as PR. The game could’ve been even worse if it’s wasn’t for these areas.It’s Just One GameIt’s obvious, but that doesn’t make it not true. Week 1 was bad, yes, but it’s just one game out of 16. We wouldn’t be having the same kind of hyperbolic reactions if this were, say http://www.authenticsarizonacardinals.com/cheap-josh-bynes-jersey , Week 4 or Week 11 or any other week. For context, here are some teams who all lost in Week 1 last season: New England, Tennessee, New Orleans, San Diego, Seattle鈥?oh, and Arizona. What do all those teams have in common? They all finished .500 or better, and the first three even made the playoffs. There’s plenty of season left to go—94%, to be exact. So let’s maybe hold off on talks of firings or benchings for now?It’ll Get Better (Mostly Because It Has To)Let’s face it—this was about as bad a debut as anyone could have imagined. But we’re not going to go down 21-0 in every game. Our non-Larry WRs aren’t going to catch only one pass per game (at least I hope not). Our defensive staff isn’t going to underestimate our opponent’s RBs every game (especially with Todd Gurley up next). Sam Bradford isn’t going to average 4.5 YPA every game. And, almost certainly, DJ isn’t going to touch the ball only 14 times every game. Yes, Wilks and his staff were badly outcoached yesterday, and we were badly outplayed on both sides of the ball, but this is not the new normal. I repeat: this is not the new normal. Wilks, Holcomb, McCoy, Bradford, and the rest will figure it out. It might not always translate to wins, but we will play better than this.Final Thoughts“I know this was a bad game but people need to calm down a bit.”“Relax, friends.”“Everyone calm down.”While it seemed like most Cardinals fans were ready to throw in the towel on the season, at least there were a few voices of reason out there in the RotB comments section. So I hope Cardinals Nation will follow their—and my—advice and don’t panic. It’s not time for that yet. And it won’t be even if we lose next week on the road against the Rams. Let’s give it a few weeks as this season—and this team—takes shape.So tell us, Cardinals fans, are you panicking already? Or are you like me and taking it a game at a time? Let’s all get through this together in the comments. Adrian Peterson didn't mind a healthy diet of action in the preseason 12 years into an NFL career that hasn't included much exhibition work."So many years I begged to play in the preseason and was shut down," Peterson said. "They didn't have to beg me at all to play this week."The Washington Redskins needed to see what Peterson had left in the tank, and the 33-year-old showed them by rushing for 56 yards on 11 carries in his debut, a 29-17 loss to the Denver Broncos on Friday night in each team's third preseason game."He surely doesn't look like he lost a step," left tackle Trent Williams said of his friend and college teammate. "I can tell you that much."Peterson carried the ball seven consecutive plays on one possession, and the 2012 MVP later picked up 15 yards on fourth-and-1. The Redskins signed Peterson on Monday after injuries to three running backs and wanted to see how he could handle a heavy workload.They got their answer: enough to likely earn the starting job Week 1 at the Arizona Cardinals. After only three practices http://www.authenticsarizonacardinals.com/cheap-mike-iupati-jersey , Peterson looked to have passed Rob Kelley, Kapri Bibbs and injured backs Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall on the depth chart.Peterson wanted to gauge how he'd handle a game after missing offseason workouts and training camp, and said, "Based on how I felt today, I'm pretty excited."His play was a bright spot for the Redskins as they were carved up by Case Keenum and Denver's first-team offense, and Alex Smith was an unimpressive 3 of 8 for 33 yards and said his performance was "not where it needed to be.""The big thing was I wanted to really focus in on the running game and try to give Adrian some good looks and we accomplished that to some degree," coach Jay Gruden said. "But I wish we would've done a little bit better job in the passing game today."Keenum was 12 of 18 for 148 yards before giving way to backup Chad Kelly.SANDERS SHINESThe Broncos' first-team offense scored two touchdowns and added a field goal in five series of work, led by dual-threat receiver Emmanuel Sanders. He was responsible for all 75 of Denver's yards on its second touchdown drive, catching passes of 15 and 33 yards from Keenum and scoring on a 27-yard end-around . Sanders finished with 88 all-purpose yards."As far as what we showcased tonight after this game, I would say, yeah, we're ready to go out and play against anybody and we can win, we can compete," said Sanders, who finished with 88 all-purpose yards. "Going in there as an offensive unit and how we performed in the first half putting up 17 points, it was something we can build off of."MOP-UP LYNCHAfter Kelly was 7 of 11 for 70 yards in the third quarter, the Broncos turned to demoted QB Paxton Lynch to finish the game when up 26-10. The 2016 first-round pick completed three of seven pass attempts for 39 yards and had a 5-yard rush in what was as much a trade audition as a chance to show Denver brass he should stick around."We'll see," said coach Vance Joseph, who refused to label Kelly or Lynch the Nos. 2 or 3 QBs. "We have one more game next week and Chad should play a lot along with Paxton, so that's yet to be determined."NATIONAL ANTHEMBroncos LB Brandon Marshall and WR Demaryius Thomas again were absent from the sideline during the national anthem and jogged out of the tunnel immediately after. Every Redskins player stood on the sideline, as they did in their first two preseason games.INJURIESBroncos: S Shamarko Thomas left with an eye injury and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. ... Marshall was evaluated for a concussion but returned.Redskins: Kelley, supplanted as the starter by Peterson, was injured on kickoff coverage and evaluated for a stinger. He returned and had eight carries for 19 yards. ... RB Chris Thompson and TE Jordan Reed, coming off surgeries, were held out.


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