9/16 Arizona Cardinals news: Winning at home, young players step up

Jeff Gross

Relive the Cardinals' home opener with today's links.

The Cardinals welcomed the Lions to Arizona for their home opener. In another solid outing, the team managed to come away with a win with some unexpected contributions from young players.

Cardinals:

Patrick Peterson-Calvin Johnson lived up to hype
One of the few givens Sunday was that Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was going to get his touches. It was how Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson responded, however, that would going to dictate the outcome.

Mendenhall Brings Balance to the Cardinals Offense
Rashard Mendenhall is quickly showing his value to a Cards offense that desperately needed a balance.

Kerry Taylor steps up for Arizona Cardinals in win
Arizona Cardinals receiver Kerry Taylor likely always dreamed of making his first NFL reception, though chances are he never pictured it being thrown by a defensive back.

Larry Fitzgerald "gutted" through injury
Larry Fitzgerald knows what his standard is, so when he wasn't playing at that level late in the third quarter of Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions, the All-Pro receiver told his coaches he couldn’t go any more.

Listed as 'other' running back on depth chart, Andre Ellington shines in win
On the Arizona Cardinals' depth chart going into Sunday's home opener against the Detroit Lions, rookie running back Andre Ellington and Ryan Williams were listed as "other" behind Rashard Mendenhall, Alfonso Smith and Stepfan Taylor.

Cards' D slows Lions with second-half surge
When the highlights are replayed, the Arizona Cardinals' last stand on defense will receive all the attention.

Lions aftermath
Some notes and thoughts from the opening win.

Takeaways from Arizona's 25-21 Win over Detroit
Carson Palmer was not great against the Detroit Lions, but the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback did enough when it mattered to lead his team back from a fourth-quarter deficit to notch his first victory with the team.

Locker Room Reaction - Lions vs Cardinals
Hear the reaction from the locker room on the 25-21 win over the Detroit Lions.

Relive DET/AZ Highlights
A look at some of the best plays from the home opening win.

NFL:

NFL scores, Week 2: Packers roll past Redskins early, Broncos beat up Giants late - SBNation.com
The Green Bay Packers rolled over the Redskins in Week 2, but seven of the nine early games came down to the wire. The Manning Bowl headlined the late afternoon schedule, where Peyton is got the better of brother Eli.

49ers vs. Seahawks, Week 2: Seattle gets early edge in NFC West rivalry - SBNation.com
Seattle's defense and a determined Marshawn Lynch were no match for the 49ers in Seattle on Sunday night.

Explaining Dr. James Andrews, the brand - SBNation.com
Dr. James Andrews is only doctor whose name appears as frequently on ESPN’s bottom line as the stars that he treats. How did he get there, and more importantly, does he take walk-ins?

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