Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   The 38-points allowed marked a season-high.It was a good start for the Cardinals, who scored on their opening possession for the first time all season. However, the Falcons (7-4) responded with points on three of their first drives to take a 17-10 lead late in the second quarter.Back-to-back second-half touchdowns by the Falcons made it 31-13, the Cardinals’ largest deficit of the game.Carson Palmer went 25-of-45 for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He was also intercepted once and sacked twice.David Johnson accounted for 161 total yards, topping 100 receiving yards (103) for the first time in his career.The Cardinals have now dropped eight straight in Atlanta.THE GOODYou couldn’t have asked for a better start from the Cardinals offense. Palmer completed all five of his pass attempts, twice finding Jermaine Gresham, the second time good for a one-yard touchdown, making it 7-0 Arizona at the 9:39 mark of the first quarter. Palmer threw for 65 yards on the drive, helping give the Cardinals their first points on an opening possession all season.All Johnson needed was just about a quarter-and-a-half to hit 100 scrimmage yards for an 11th straight game to begin a season, extending his own franchise record. He joined Edgerrin James (2000 and 2005) as the only players in NFL history to post 100 scrimmage yards in each of the team’s first 11 games. Johnson had 49 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards for a total of 111. In a single third-quarter defensive possession, the Cardinals sacked Ryan four times, though only three counted. Tony Jefferson, Tyrann Mathieu and Markus Golden each recorded their second, first and seventh sacks of the season, respectively. Calais Campbell also dropped Ryan, but his sack was negated by a penalty. By the way, Golden’s sack total is the second-most on the team.THE BADTargeted a handful of times on the Falcons’ opening drive, Patrick Peterson gave up a 27-yard catch to Justin Hardy and was flagged for interference while covering Julio Jones on 3rd-and-goal from the Arizona 2; the latter of which handed Atlanta an automatic first down, and on the very next snap, Freeman rushed one yard for a touchdown tying the game at 7 at the 3:38 mark of the first quarter.Four more penalties, including a second pass interference call on Peterson, were called on the Cardinals in the second quarter. There were also a pair of holding calls on the offensive line, plus an intentional grounding call on Palmer. By the way, the whistle on Peterson wiped out a Deone Bucannon interception on 3rd-and-15. And it should be mentioned that the Falcons were never flagged in the first half. Twice on the Falcons’ third-quarter scoring drive they converted on third down, their first two conversions of the game after failing four times previous. There was a 3rd-and-2 and a 3rd-and-10; the latter of which Ryan scrambled for 11 yards to move the chains. Four plays later, Tevin Coleman rushed two yards for a touchdown extending Atlanta’s lead to double digits, 24-13, at the 2:56 mark of the quarter.Two fourth-quarter plays explained why the Cardinals are where they are here in 2016. First, Michael Floyd dropped a fourth-down pass. Then, with the Falcons punting on 4th-and-5, Campbell jumped offsides, handing Ryan a fresh set of downs. He took advantage, throwing another wide receiver screen to Gabriel, who this time went 25 yards for a touchdown extending Atlanta’s lead to 31-13 at the 8:48 mark.STAT OF THE GAME38: The Falcons became the second team in as many weeks and the fourth overall this season to hit the 30-point mark on the Cardinals, which entered the game with the league’s 10th-best scoring defense (19.0).HE SAID IT“I thought we did a very poor job of answering after we scored of letting them score,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “Great defenses don’t do that. They don’t let other teams score after you score.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel dives for his second touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. (Associated Press) And the hole the Arizona Cardinals are digging themselves only keeps getting deeper and deeper.Coaches and players will you they’re still in the thick of the playoff race, and that’s true. Yet for many, fans and media alike, the Cardinals are just too far back, with the finish line closing, to be a factor.And they may have just gotten lapped after losing in Atlanta, 38-19.Matt Ryan passed for two touchdowns, while Devonta Freeman rushed for two touchdowns as the No. 1 scoring offense was too much for the Cardinals (4-6-1) to handle as they lost their second straight and third in four games overall. The former NFC East rivals met twice a year from 1970-2001.Overall, the Redskins lead 75-45-2 in the all-time series, dating back to 1932. – / 24 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling NOTEDKerwynn Williams took a first-quarter direct snap and handed off to Johnson, who rushed for 16 total yardsLarry Fitzgerald’s 17-yard first-quarter catch extended his streak with a reception to 190 consecutive gamesFitzgerald’s 10-yard second-quarter catch was the 1,095th of his career, fifth-most on the NFL’s all-time listD.J. Swearinger’s second-quarter interception, his third of the season, was the Cardinals’ first in five gamesJohn Brown exited the game in the third quarter and did not return; he was ruled out with a hamstring injuryThe starting offensive line, left to right: D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, John Wetzel, Ulrick JohnAmong the Cardinals’ inactives included defensive tackles Olsen Pierre, Robert Nkemdiche and Ed StinsonUP NEXTAfter two straight road games, the Cardinals return home.They host the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Dec. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning five hours earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.The Cardinals won the last meeting in 2014 at University of Phoenix Stadium, 30-20, which snapped an eight-game losing streak in the series.The Cardinals have not won back-to-back games against Washington since sweeping the season series in 1998. Top Stories last_img read more

first_imgIran Reuse this content The threat of war with Iran is terrifying and the behaviour of the US government risks making the danger real. Its categoric claim that Iran was responsible for last week’s attacks on the two tankers in the Straits of Hormuz has been challenged by the Japanese and the German governments. It has served only to make a dangerous situation more serious.The context to this is Donald Trump’s scrapping of the nuclear deal with Iran last year, which blocked the way to normalising relations and immediately escalated tension. The accompanying sanctions have caused real economic damage and human suffering. In May the Trump administration turned the screw tighter by dropping exemptions for oil exports. These measures are part of the policy of regime change advocated by John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, Trump’s two senior foreign policy officials, both of whom have called for military attacks on Iran.Rather than falling in line with the Trump administration’s dangerous brinkmanship, the British government should be calling for restraint and de-escalation and explicitly ruling out military options.Mark Rylance ActorBrian Eno MusicianRowan Williams Former Archbishop of CanterburyMiriam Margolyes ActorFrancesca Martinez Comedian and writerLindsey German Convenor, Stop the War CoalitionMurad Qureshi Chair, Stop the War CoalitionKate Hudson General Secretary, CNDBruce Kent Vice-president, CNDMarsha de Cordova MPEmma Dent Coad MPImran Hussain MPGrahame Morris MPIan Mearns MPKate Osamor MPLaura Pidcock MPLaura Smith MPMark Serwotka General secretary, PCSKevin Courtney General secretary, NEUAndrew Murray Chief of staff, UniteAbbas Edalat Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in IranMohammed Kozbar Muslim Association of BritainAaron Bastani Novara MediaSalma Yaqoob CampaignerYusuf (Cat Stevens) MusicianDavid Edgar PlaywrightKen Livingstone Former London mayorSami Ramadani Writer and academicPeter Oborne JournalistSteve Ashley SingerMatthew Willgress Stand Up to Trump• Join the debate – email [email protected]• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition Letters Trump administration Iran Share via Email Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter Oil tanker ablaze in the Strait of Hormuz, 13 JunePhotograph: AP Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Shares9797 Since you’re here… Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Last modified on Thu 20 Jun 2019 13.26 EDT letters Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US politics Middle East and North Africa Thu 20 Jun 2019 13.24 EDT Topics Share on Messenger The British government should call for restraint and de-escalation, says a group of campaigners, politicians and leading cultural figureslast_img read more