CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)– The Arizona Cardinals’ defense appears to have sprung a leak.After holding San Francisco and Washington to a combined 35 points to start the season 2-0, the Cardinals are unexpectedly having difficulty stopping anyone.Arizona enabled Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to put together 4 scoring drives of 75 lawns or longer in a 31-21 road loss Sunday. That dropped the Cardinals to 2-2, raising concerns about what’s failed. Carolina piled up 444 lawns, was a combined 8 of 12 on third-and fourth-down conversions and controlled the ball for more than 37 minutes, making it hard for Kyler Murray and the offense to ever get in a rhythm.It likewise left second-year coach Kliff Kingsbury having a hard time to find responses.
“They had a fantastic plan,”Kingsbury stated.”Teddy played terrific and went to
the ideal place with the ball, and they safeguarded well. We had a difficult time getting pressure, and their receivers are truly talented. I’ve got to provide credit. We need to get off the field on those third-and-long circumstances. “That was never ever more obvious than after the Cardinals got to 28-14 late in the 3rd quarter
on a Murray touchdown pass. With an opportunity to seize the momentum, they saw Carolina put together a 15-play, 73-yard drive that took more than 8 1/2 minutes and led to a basket, making it a three-possession video game. “I’m a company believer that if you play your take advantage of and you perform and you just do your job, basic as that, the defense will be successful, “said Arizona linebacker Jordan Hicks.” It ought to work or a minimum of compete.(However)there were guys large open. They ran the ball. They were able to keep us on our heels. At the end of the day it’s all execution, it’s fundamentals and provide credit, they played well. “Carolina ran for 168 yards and 2 goals regardless of playing without 2019 All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey. It was Mike Davis and Reggie Bonnafon who tormented the Cardinals, not the 2017 first-round draft pick.Robby Anderson had more lawns receiving than DeAndre Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk combined.The Cardinals handled just three quarterback pressures on Bridgewater and didn’t sack him all day. They created one interception, but that was on a pass Bridgewater toppled his receiver.”We knew Teddy was getting the ball out quick and he liked getting the ball out fast, especially with the pass rush our people have,”Hicks said.While the loss drops the Cardinals 2 games behind the first-place Seahawks in the NFC West, Hicks said he’s not concerned.The good news, maybe, for the Cardinals is they deal with the
winless New York Jets next week, which must give the defense an opportunity to turn things around.”I don’t think there is any factor to panic,” Hicks said.
“I believe there’s factor to get back in the laboratory, detail our work, to deal with our execution. We have an entire season ahead of us.
I have actually seen crazier things occur than a team losing 2 games in a row. That’s my state of mind. That’s the state of mind I’m going to share. It’s information, execution, the essentials.
We need to go out there and play together, play comprehensive football.”___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL!.?.!Facebook Email