Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley may feel like his career is on the rise after getting his first NFL start against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but his performance in that game has at least one analyst saying the rookie is on a downward trend. Lindley came out hot for Arizona, leading the offense down the field for an opening touchdown, but he struggled after that and tossed four interceptions.
ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando gave his view on which players in the division are rising and falling on Tuesday, and he didn't have kind words for Lindley:
Lindley played well for stretches of the first half, but his four interceptions doomed Arizona to its seventh consecutive defeat, this one by a 31-17 margin to the St. Louis Rams at home. Lindley has yet to throw a touchdown pass in six-plus quarters since replacing John Skelton. He has completed 4 of 17 passes with three picks when targeting top receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Lindley is expected to get a second-straight start for the Cardinals against the Jets in Week 13. His was fine in terms of completion percentage against the Rams, but his failures in getting the ball to the team's best player will make it difficult for Arizona to end their losing streak.