Garoppolo helps Pats beat Cardinals, 23-21

New England Patriots running back Le Garrette Blount is hit by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson during the second half of their NFL football game Sunday Sept. 11 in Glendale Ariz

It was not the best way to initiating their new season, but they had a guy very capable at taking on the quarterback slot while Brady was gone, Jimmy Garoppolo.

And, so does the running game – Running back LeGarrette Blount looked incredible Sunday night and was physically imposing his will on the game at times. Can Garoppolo help give the Patriots a couple more wins while Brady is waiting out his suspension? We beat a good team on the road. The snap was low and Catanzaro booted the ball to the left of the uprights.

“Just an old-fashioned miss”.

The good news though is that particular statistic is likely to correct itself, and the Cardinals defense looked great in other areas, with the exception of one area: cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. Jimmy Garoppolo went out in his first career start and already looked better than half the quarterbacks in the NFL.

24 for 33 for 264 yards and a touchdown (on his first drive) along with 12 yards rushing and — get this — one pass catch. He never seemed rattled. “He has got good vision”, Belichick said.

Fitzgerald extended his NFL-record streak to 180 games with a catch on a grab on Arizona’s opening drive and kept snaring balls from Carson Palmer.

Tom Brady, due to a ludicrous persecution of trumped-up charges by bitter, jealous competitors, was unable to play, and Bill Belichick and his staff were ready.

“It really is”, Garoppolo said.

“We’re confident in that group”, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “All I’m saying is we want to educate those, the youth that’s coming up”.

The Arizona Cardinals lost their season opener to the New England Patriots. The field goal attempt would be from 47 yards. “I think that was a great way to start the game for our team”. I spent a little time working out and obviously watched a lot of football.

We’ll see if losing a game like that has a lasting effect on a team with so much uncertainty. Arizona kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed a 47-yard field goal with 41 seconds to play.

New England, a five-point underdog, took the lead on its first possession and scored again to start the second half. Matt Cassel played the rest of that season, going 10-5.

The Arizona Cardinals could not generate consistent pressure, sacking Jimmy Garoppolo only two times, despite having a Patriots offensive line decimated by injuries. Fifteen minutes outscoring the cardinals ten to nothing on one of three of the patriots capping off the first quarter scoring on one of three Stephen gets cow ski.

Arizona’s running back David Johnson was very effective against the Pats, and while he was held under 100 yards that stat is deceiving.

On that 45-yard run, Johnson spun away from tacklers at the line of scrimmage, put his hand on the ground to steady himself, then stiff-armed a defender before racing down the field.

“I’m really trying to take it day by day”. “In the past, I’ve gone for that a few times”. Hopefully it was a defensive lineman and not a linebacker.

Hogan had three catches, including a 37-yard touchdown reception.

An enigma in the preseason, Garoppolo showcased his skill in the victory – though the young QB still had his fair share of mistakes.

Adam Levin covers the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots.

A celebration dance by Jones and D.J. Swearinger drew a 15-yard penalty after the turnover, but the Cardinals still drove for a score.