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Week 1: Cardinals 28, Panthers 21

by Eric Tellez for NFLMIX.com on 14 Septemeber 2011

It was an amazing day for fans of offense. Carolina Rookie QB Cam Newton threw for a 1st game record of 422-yards. He rushed for 18-yards and a touchdown. He found WR Steve Smith for two touchdowns, Smith only had two touchdowns all of last season. Newton smiled, he laughed...he also lost.

If there's one thing that bothers me about the current sports media it's that we have a tendency to let the individual performance over shadow the performance of the team. When the individual performance overshadows the performance of TWO TEAMS, his and the team that won, you have to wonder where we went astray as journalists. Will there ever be another 422-yard performance in a rookie debut? Not likely. There will also never be another Week 1 victory in 2011, a first touchdown by rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson, or a first win for Kevin Kolb away from Philadelphia.

The truth to the matter is that Kolb had a pretty good game himself; 18 for 27 with 309-yards and 2-touchdown strikes for 48-yards and 70-yards. First round draft pick Patrick Peterson took a punt 89-yards for a go-ahead score after being terrorized by Carolina WR Steve Smith the entire first half. No offense Patrick, Smith has terrorized lots of people.

There's also a story that's being seriously overlooked; Beanie Wells getting 90-yards on 18 carries. Sure, fans out there might not be impressed by a simple 5-yard a carry average but to Arizona fans it resembled something we haven't seen in a long time. Balance. It reminded us of how a team looks when it holds a lead. It reminded us that sometimes teams are throwing for large amounts of yards because they are losing.


Eric Tellez is an independent football journalist from Las Cruces, NM. He has been a contributor to NFLMIX.com for two season and writes for AZCARDINALSMIX.com every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. You can reach him at cover4@rocketmail.com to talk football anytime.

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