From the Armchair: Arizona Cardinals, Week 4
Quarterback Carson Palmer showed his typical signs of irregularity in his passing by only completing 55% of his passes for nearly 250 yards, which is still an improvement to his lackluster performance last week against versus Bucs’ divisional rival: the Saints. Late in the 4th quarter after the Cards managed an interception, Palmer threw a 13 yard pass to Fitzgerald in the end zone to tie the game on the first play of that possession. The running game wasn't utilized much, with the total yards from running backs being at 50 even from 16 carries, with Palmer adding a few of his own to boot. The scoring MVP was kicker Jay Feely, who contributed 2 field goals and an extra point to contribute to the win.
Despite being injury ridden with key players Dan Williams and Rashad Johnson; the Cardinals defense managed to keep Bucs star running back Doug Martin limited to just 45 yards in 27 carries. Bucs rookie QB Mike Glennon was able to keep up the momentum during the first half, by helping his team lead 10-0, but showed signs of tiring down during the 2nd as the Cardinals defense stepped up their game. The MVP of the game was defensive back Patrick Peterson, who had 2 picks in the last half of the 4th quarter, which provided the Cardinals in their quick scoring drive.
This is the first road win for Arizona in over a full calendar year, the last one occurred in New England back in week 2 of the 2012 season. Despite their triumphant comeback after being scoreless and down by 2 scores throughout the first 3 quarters, this team had many visible flaws throughout the game that need to be addressed by Coach Arians. Each player needs to work on avoiding penalties and ensuring they understand the playbook, as well as the defense becoming motivated and focused before it’s too late. The Cardinals will return home to Glendale this week to play the Panthers at home in week 5.