From the Armchair: Arizona Cardinals, Week 11

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Nov 17, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws a pass as Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch (90) closes in during the fourth quarter of their game at EverBank Field. The Arizona Cardinals beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-14. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY SportsThe Cardinals visited Jacksonville, Florida to take on the struggling Jaguars team who coming off their first win last week, gave them a run for their money. While this game was intensifying for Cards fans during the first half and mostly a dull slopfest during the 2nd, they managed a projected powerful win with a score of 27-14. This game warranted very little national attention with all the huge matchups occurring this week, but despite of that, it did leave surprise and suspense to the imagination.

Carson Palmer had his best performance this season as he completed 71% of his passes for 419 yards, which is much more than his average throughout the season. He also threw 2 touchdown passes and didn’t have any interceptions for the first time this year. Palmer also threw a pass to Michael Floyd, who despite having a sprained shoulder, then ran the ball for 91 yards, which resulted in the longest pass play in 25 years, when Neil Lomax was the Cardinals starting QB. The running game however was not as efficient as in previous games with only 14 yards from 24 carries. Breakout rookie running back Andre Ellington had a piece of his braided hair yanked out by Jaguars defensive man Justin Babin late in the game, which created some outer game controversy with the local media here in Phoenix.

During the 1st quarter, the Cardinals’ defensive unit had trouble stopping the Jaguars offense, which consists of many backups substituting for several injured first round draft picks. The Jags lead by Chad Henne, managed to lead 14-7 in the first half, scoring their first 2 touchdowns at home this season within a few minutes of each other. The Cardinals turned the game around by preventing any more scores by the Jags and lead by 10 going into the 4th quarter, while keeping Jax to 2 out of 14 successful 3rd down conversions.

The Cardinals are now 6-4, surprisingly tying them with the 49ers for 2nd place in the NFC West, and have surpassed their total wins of last year, being 5, and are in the wildcard chase, though they will have to work very hard and make significant changes to make it given their tough competition in the NFC. Next week they host Coach Arian’s previous team: the Indianapolis Colts, which will be one of the toughest matches they face in the past few weeks.
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