GLENDALE, AZ - Five trips into the Red Zone and not one touchdown! After Saturday's game against the Cowboys, the Cardinals are in desperate need of six points when they get inside the opponent's 20 yard line.
According to Coach Bruce Arians, who calls the plays for the Cardinals, "Just like last week, we play extremely well all over the field until we get inside the 20, then we have a ton of mental errors. It baffles me. With all three groups, we had mental errors in the red zone and ended up with field goals."
Not exactly what the coach was looking for in Game 2 of the pre-season, especially with a veteran quarterback like Carson Palmer.
The other issue for the Cards is capitalizing on turnovers. Six turnovers in the 12-7 win over Dallas, but just three field goals as a result. Let's face it; you're not going to win a lot of games in the regular season if you can't score off turnovers.
With Palmer, we were hoping his 149.3 quarterback rating against the Packers wasn't a fluke. But after posting a rating of 59.3 against the Cowboys, some might start to wonder. Is Palmer going to be better than the guys who have led the Cardinals over the past three years?
On two of the Cardinals possessions inside the Dallas 20 yard line, one ended with a 25 yard Jay Feely field goal after a third down incompletion while the other ended on a 4th down pass from Palmer that bounced off the turf in the direction of running back Rashard Mendenhall.
After struggling against the Packers in week one, Feely hit on 4 of 5 attempts but missed a chip shot from 30 yards out. Two games in, coach Arians is still not happy with his kicking game.
"To have 49 plays, 9 points and miss a chip-shot field goal, which is unacceptable also, somebody's accountable. It's all about accountability. We'll get it fixed," Arians said.
Carson Palmer, who finished with 66 yards and seven completions said he's as much to blame as anyone, but added, there's still room for improvement.
"There are some things we put on film that are really good, and there are some things we put on film that we need to talk about as a group," Palmer said.
The Cardinals host the San Diego Chargers next Saturday night (August 24) at University of Phoenix Stadium. In that game, coach Arians says the starters will play into the second half.