Arizona Cardinals: 3 things we learned in Week 11

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer explained Sunday night’s showdown in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals wasn’t heading to be “just one more sport.”

The contest carried some additional weight on a few different fronts, from it currently being the 100th game the Arizona Cardinals would play in University of Phoenix Stadium, to it coming against the previous crew Palmer demanded to be traded from, and to it being a possibility for his crew to enhance to eight-2 and tighten its maintain on a single of the top two NFC playoff seeds.

The Cardinals strike the trifecta with a 34-31 victory in excess of the Bengals throughout their second consecutive physical appearance on NBC’s “Sunday Night time Football,” as Palmer overcame two very first-quarter interceptions to toss for four touchdowns.

The Bengals rallied driving quarterback Andy Dalton (315 yards, two touchdowns) to tie the score, 31-31, with 1:08 to engage in on a 43-yard subject goal by kicker Mike Nugent. However, Palmer threw two rapid completions, and the Cardinals have been aided in a large way by a fifteen-property unsportsmanlike carry out penalty on Cincinnati defensive tackle Domata Peko for “contacting out alerts.”

The penalty turned what would have been a forty five-lawn match-profitable discipline goal try by kicker Chandler Catanzaro into a 33-yarder, which Catanzaro nailed with two seconds remaining.

“I was involved that (the officials) would blow it, but it was certainly what they named — one of these bounce-at-you deals,” explained Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, whose Arizona teams enhanced to 23-5 against opponents outdoors the NFC West, such as 7-one this period.

With their fourth consecutive victory, the Cardinals (eight-2) taken care of their three-recreation division lead and their a single-sport edge in the race for the No. 2 seed in the NFC postseason.

Palmer, who completed 20 of 31 for 317 yards, improved to 21-four in his past 25 starts off.

The Bengals, who held their prior a few opponents to ten details or less, lost for a 2nd consecutive 7 days following opening the time eight-. Nevertheless, it was the penalty on Peko that had mentor Marvin Lewis steaming afterward.

What we uncovered about the Cardinals:

one. Arizona possesses the depth to get over a average amount of injuries to important players. For instance, the Cardinals commenced the game with out their appropriate guard (Jonathan Cooper, knee) and then missing their beginning left guard, Mike Iupati, to a stinger. Ted Larson played for Cooper and did nicely, and Earl Watford arrived in for Iupati and performed solidly, too. The Cardinals didn’t have wide receiver Michael Floyd (hamstring), but rookie broad receiver J.J. Nelson stepped up with four catches for 142 yards, which includes a 64-yard landing. Arizona also lost cornerback Patrick Peterson to an ankle harm in the fourth quarter, but in stepped Justin Bethel with aid from do-almost everything participant Deone Bucannon, who also lined up at corner late in the recreation. Nose deal with Xavier Williams, inactive all year, even acquired a chance to chip in soon after veteran Frostee Rucker went down with an ankle injury.

2. Carson Palmer is a reputable NFL MVP applicant. He prospects the league with 27 landing passes and has now thrown for 11 in his final 3 games — wins at Cleveland, at Seattle and vs. Cincinnati. On Sunday, he tied a franchise record with his seventh three hundred-garden recreation of the season, becoming a member of Kurt Warner (2008) and Neil Lomax (1984) to have that several in a solitary time. And Palmer even now has six online games left to enjoy.

three. The Cardinals’ pace at broad receiver can not by overstated, and it is a huge cause why the team is a single of the largest threats in the NFC. Even although most of the quickness comes from smallish gamers such as John Brown and Nelson, the getting corps is just as hazardous as any, in accordance to mentor Bruce Arians. “I like pace,” Arians explained. “I like pace that comes in any kind of package. It is good when it is 6-foot-four and 220 kilos. If it truly is a buck fifty-eight and it’s nevertheless quickly, you will not have to be massive to capture it above your shoulder. I have always appreciated quick tiny fellas that are swift and can just take the best off of the protection. People tiny men are thrilling.”

And so forth.

–CB Patrick Peterson sustained an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and did not return. Coach Bruce Arians did not offer any update on Peterson’s condition following the game. If Peterson is out for any duration of time, Justin Bethel most likely would get his place in the starting up lineup.

–WR Larry Fitzgerald finished with 8 receptions for 90 yards Sunday, and he tied Randy Moss (982) for twelfth on the NFL’s all-time receptions record. He requirements 13 yards to pass Corridor of Fame Steve Largent (13,089) for 16th area on the league’s all-time obtaining yardage list.

–WR John Brown provided an explanation for his funky, wild, gyrating end-zone dances. “The history of the dance move is anything like my whole family, my sister and brothers ended up all dancers,” said Brown, who had a few receptions for 43 yards and a landing Sunday. “I received this dubsmash movie with my sister undertaking that very same dance, and my daughter watches it above and more than. So, I’m like, ‘I’m just heading to do it.’ I know my daughter loves it, so which is why I do it.”

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