The Arizona Cardinals (11-3) found a way to win again, beating the Rams, 12-6, last Thursday in St. Louis.
The Cardinals didn’t score a touchdown, but they didn’t allow one, either. Unfortunately, they lost their quarterback (again), as Drew Stanton suffered an MCL sprain and could miss a month.
Ryan Lindley, who has zero touchdowns and seven interceptions in his brief career, could be starting for the NFL’s best team.
“Carson going down and then Drew going down like that, it’s not fun to watch,” Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro said on The MoJo Show. “I see those guys’ work ethic and how they prepare for games. It’s unbelievable how hard they work and also how focused they are and how great of leaders they are. Whenever you see a leader go down like that, it’s really tough, but it’s kind of just been the norm all year for us. I hate to say it’s happened over and over again. We keep saying it, but I guess it’s next man up. That’s all we can say.
“But it was really tough to see Drew go down like that,” Catanzaro continued. “(He’s) such an emotional leader. But he’ll be back, I’m sure. He’s a fighter. I can’t wait to see him back on the field.”
Catanzaro was 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts last Thursday, spitting the uprights from 23, 44, 51 and 46 yards. The defense, meanwhile, forced two turnovers and held the Rams to just 69 rushing yards.
Nevertheless, very few people seem to be taking the Cardinals seriously. That’s what happens when you lose your top two quarterbacks.
Catanzaro doesn’t mind.
“I think ultimately (what we think) is what matters,” he said. “We got special guys, special leaders, on this team. The defense has stepped up all year, but really all phases have stepped up when others might have been slacking in games. I know that the other phases have covered for me when I missed (a field goal), and it goes vice versa for each phase. Everybody steps up for each other. We got a lot of heart. Ultimately, all we care about is what we’re doing inside the locker room: Our hard work and preparation and getting it done on Sundays.”
Catanzaro, a rookie out of Clemson, has made 26 of 30 field goal attempts this season and all 25 of his extra-point attempts. He’s also really enjoyed playing for Bruce Arians.
“I love playing for Bruce,” Catanzaro said. “He’s just a great coach. I really appreciate (how) he’s kind of backed me. He’s really a players’ coach, I think. When I’ve had a couple struggles here and there, he’s backed me up. I think that’s just a testament to what kind of coach he is. He’s really a players’ coach, and he knows how to win football games.”
Now he just needs to win one or two more. The Cardinals close the season against Seattle (10-4) and at San Francisco (7-7). Both figure to be low-scoring affairs, but Catanzaro is confident.
“It’s the norm that our defense will get the job done,” he said. “We’re really, really confident in our defense. They’ve stepped up every time this year when called upon.”