10/7 Arizona Cardinals news: Defense carries the day, Josh Freeman's new home

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Post-game scores and analysis from Sunday's NFL slate.

The Arizona Cardinals' defense managed to grind out a win against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday despite Carson Palmer's multi-interception day. It's been tough going for the Cardinals' offense and with San Francisco and Seattle up next, it's not going to get any easier, but the impeccable play of the defense has the team at 3-2 and tied for second in the NFC West.

For those thinking it might be time to call Josh Freeman, you're too late.

Cardinals:

Relive CAR/AZ Highlights
All the big plays from the 22-6 win over Carolina.

Locker Room Reaction - Panthers vs Cardinals
Hear from the players after the win over Carolina.

Panthers aftermath
It was an impressive showing Sunday. It’s one thing to beat up a rookie QB like Mike Glennon. But Cam Newton had been playing pretty well, and while the Panthers got a few yards, they didn’t get points, and the big plays were everywhere.

Takeaways from Arizona's 22-6 Win over Carolina
The Week 5 contest between the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals was hard-hitting and low-scoring in the first half.

Arizona Cardinals' start held together with duct tape
For the second straight week the Cardinals can lay claim to a less-than-inspirational win over a shaky looking NFC South team.

Washington plays Superman as Cards' defense delivers win
Washington returns with all-around dominant performance as Cards' defense makes statement in win.

Defense flexes muscle, exerts dominance
In the locker room, the coaches didn’t need to yell or scream. The players did it themselves.

Bradley Sowell seen but not heard from Sunday
The first few seconds Sunday had barely ticked away when Bradley Sowell noticed his gum was stuck to the top of his parched mouth. Think he was a little nervous for his first NFL start?

Cardinals Turn To The Run
Bruce Arians acknowledged that "part of the problem" with the Cardinals’ offense in the first half of Sunday’s 22-6 win over Carolina was an imbalance with the running and passing games. So the coach changed it.

Bruce Arians says simplifying offense could net better results
The Cardinals offense has gone in reverse the past two weeks, scoring 20 points, converting six of 23 third downs and committing five turnovers.

NFL:

NFL Week 5: Score updates, highlights and more - SBNation.com
Two undefeated teams lost in the early afternoon games and the Broncos survived a shootout in Dallas to remain perfect.

Josh Freeman, Minnesota Vikings strike contract - NFL.com
Free-agent quarterback Josh Freeman is headed to the Minnesota Vikings on one-year contract worth about $3 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported late Sunday.

Jaguars OT Luke Joeckel lost for season with high ankle fracture - SBNation.com
The Jaguars have lost their starting left tackle for the season, just days after trading away the man he replaced.

Tony Romo breaks records, can't change narrative - SBNation.com
Tony Romo had his career-best game, but a late interception will color its perception.

Tom Brady's 52-game touchdown streak ends - SBNation.com
The Patriots 13-6 loss to the Bengals ended more than just New England's undefeated record.

Brandon Marshall expresses frustration after Bears loss to Saints - SBNation.com
The frustration is starting to mount for Brandon Marshall.

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