Well that was unexpected It had been well over

first_imgWell, that was unexpected.It had been well over a calendar year, 427 days in fact, since the ArizonaCardinals won a game away from University of Phoenix Stadium.But a string of 11 straight road losses came to an end on Sunday with a 21-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.John Skelton, making his 2nd straight start at quarterback for the injuredKevin Kolb, threw three touchdown passes, including a 5-yard scoringstrike to Early Doucet with 1:53 remaining in the game to lift the Cardinalsto the victory. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   And when there was a chance to win a game by making a play, Skelton gotit done–an area where Kolb has failed four times this season.Of course, Kolb still has that contract, so there’s no way there will be aquarterback controversy with this team. When Kolb’s ready to go, the job ishis.And how about that defense? – The Cardinals defense did a nicejob against two of the league’s most dynamic offensive talents on Sunday.Michael Vick was average at best, throwing for 128 yards and 2 picks. Andeven though Vick ran for 79 yards, that yardage wasn’t a big factor in theball game. LeSean McCoy had 81 yards, but was held 22 yards under his seasonaverage. I’d call that a victory.center_img Top Stories The Eagles last-ditch attempt to answer that score ended when A.JJefferson picked off a Michael Vick pass on 3rd down and 20 with just :33remaining.With the win, the Cardinals improve their record to 3-6 and notch back-to-back wins for the first time since beating Detroit and St. Louis in weeks 15and 16 back in 2009. And “The Dream Team”, err, I mean the Eagles fall to 3-6 and has droppedtwo straight.The Player of the Game – Two words. Larry Fitzgerald. One ofthe big story lines heading into this game was Fitz vs. the Eagles’secondary. No contest. Fitzgerald caught 7 balls for 146 yards and twotouchdowns, and made an unbelievable over-the-shoulder catch at thePhiladelphia one-yard line to set up Arizona’ go-ahead score.A little closer to a QB controversy -I’ll give John Skelton thismuch.He wins football games. Skelton did throw two crippling interceptions onSunday, one that was returned for a touchdown by Asante Samuel in the2nd quarter, and the other was a horrible throw that was picked off byNnamdi Asomugha deep in Cardinals’ territory that led to a 4th quarterfield goal that put Philly up 17-14.But Skelton obviously did some nice things too, including directing threetouchdown drives, all that were at least 84 yards in length. And he’s donea great job of targeting Fitzgerald more than Kolb had been. In Kolb’s lasttwo starts prior to his injury, Fitz had 15 balls thrown his way. In the lasttwo weeks, Skelton has thrown 25 to Fitzgerald. last_img read more