After a game like that, the factory lights come on, the machinery is fired up and the clichés roll off the assembly line. And the tongue.
"A win is a win."
"We'll take them however we can get them."
"There's no such thing as an ugly win in this league."
As is the case with most clichés, they're true. The Cardinals' 13-10 victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday is like a bloop base hit; in the box score it looks just as good as a line drive.
Do you feel better about your football team on this Monday morning?
Under the camouflage of victory, do you feel better about Carson Palmer's two picks? Or about zero targets for Larry Fitzgerald in the first half? Or that toxic mixture of dropped passes, near fumbles, actual fumbles and poor decisions out of Rashard Mendenhall? Or that you were this (holding fingers a centimeter apart) close to losing to a rookie quarterback making his first ever start?
There are things to feel better about. First and foremost, the Cardinals are 2-2. It's a simple fact that negates almost every other critique of the team. 2-2 with three of the first four coming on the road. It has bought Bruce Arians a little more time to navigate his way through this challenged offense without having to spend too much time worrying about the standings.
Feel better that you were down double digits in the fourth quarter yet rallied to win. And remember, the other team that did that on Sunday (Seattle) is widely being praised for their toughness and unwillingness to quit. And feel good that you did it against a team with a pretty stout defense.
Feel better that Daryl Washington is back this week, though at this point it might be more of a comfort if he played on the other side of the ball. Feel better that you have a coach who doesn't mind suggesting they've been a tad too soft on Mendenhall in practice, and that has to change.
Feel better that Patrick Peterson is on your side.
In this league -- hell, in any league -- you take whatever you can get and never apologize for it. Just so long as it's understood that if they don't tighten the screws soon, the only thing that assembly line will be producing at a high volume are losses.