Arizona Is Searching for Answers Heading into the Bye, Plus More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterNovember 5, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals breaks away from Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers on his way to scoring a touchdown at Lambeau Field on November 4, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 31-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Yesterday proved to be another slow start for Ken Whisenhunt's Cards.

Earlier in the season, the defensive side of the ball was holding tough, and now it seems like they are making mental mistakes early on in ball games. Yesterday, Aaron Rodgers was gashing them right up the middle and helping the Packers sustain drives when they needed him to the most.

Allowing 21 points in the first half is unacceptable when you don't have an offense that can keep up point for point. Missed tackles also plagued Ray Horton's defense in a big way. There was none bigger than Adrian Wilson's missed tackle on the goal line.

If he makes the tackle on Randall Cobb, Green Bay has to kick a field goal and the momentum could have easily swung Arizona's way.

Offensively, the Cardinals didn't fair any better.

The biggest story of the day for Mike Miller's bunch was the play of left tackle Nate Potter. He replaced the always awful D'Anthony Batiste in the second quarter and managed to hold his own for the rest of the game.

According to Darren Urban of, Potter had gotten plenty of first team left tackle work during the week.

By my count, I only had him down for three or four quarterback hurries. I didn't see him give up any sacks or quarterback hits. There's no question he will make his first start after the bye week, so it will be important that he spends these next two weeks doing as much as he possibly can to play catch up.

Potter seems to be one of the few bright spots right now, but heading into the bye week the Cardinals have plenty of questions that they need to ask themselves. For example, which quarterback gives Arizona the best chance at scoring points—John Skelton, Kevin Kolb or Ryan Lindley?

Do the Cards need to start playing for next year, or are they still in the hunt?

Can Horton get this defense back on track?

All three are valid questions in terms of self-evaluation. With that, let's take a look at other news stories from around the NFC West.


San Francisco 49ers

Cam Inman of the gives us his thoughts on the 49ers and how they fair at midseason.  

Dylan DeSimone of Bleacher Report makes a case for San Francisco as Super Bowl champs.


Seattle Seahawks

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says Russell Wilson found his rhythm against the Vikings.

Todd Pheifer of Bleacher Report breaks down the biggest Winners and Losers from yesterday's game.


St. Louis Rams

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes up a really nice piece about general manager Les Snead putting his stamp on the Rams' operations.

Steven Gerwel of Bleacher Report debates whether Greg Williams should stay or go come 2013.



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