From the Armchair: Arizona Cardinals, Week 12

11/26/13 in NFL   |   Kenne   |   16053 respect

Nov 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) and Indianapolis Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn (32) attempt to catch a ball during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY SportsThe Indianapolis Colts came to Glendale to take on the Cardinals in an unpredictable match that resulted in a score of 40-11, giving the Cardinals their 4th consecutive win and their highest scoring game in several years, leaving them with a record of 7-4 and a chance towards a wildcard playoff berth. Bruce Arians became the first coach in NFL history to face his former team the following season after winning Coach of the Year.
Carson Palmer threw for 191 yards with 75% completion rating with two touchdowns to Larry Fitzgerald, who had arguably his best game of this season. He also became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards at age 30. Michael Floyd had 100 yards receiving from 7 receptions for the 2nd straight game in a row. Rashard Mendenhall also ran in a touchdown for 5 yards. Kicker Jay Feely added 4 field goals to contribute to Arizona’s surprisingly high scoring game.
Linebacker Karlos Dansby intercepted a pass by Andrew Luck and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. The Colts couldn’t make a single score after a field goal in the first half, completing just 96 total yards through the first 3 quarters until the fourth quarter when they finally got a touchdown from Coby Fleener complete with a 2 point conversion.
The Cardinals have made several adjustments and changes to their typical style of play and the progress has shown greatly as they had the biggest point spread this week and against a near lock for the playoffs. Next week they face a well rested Eagles team in Philadelphia, so they will have to continue doing what they already are and try to avoid mistakes at any costs if they want a chance for a wild card playoff berth.
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