It had been seven quarters since Arizona had put up points on the scoreboard. But as soon as Arizona put up a field goal from Jay Feely, what had at one point looked like a shut out by the Buccaneers, turned into a massive momentum shift for the Cardinals.
Mike Glennon looked good to start the game. He was in control for the entire first half, which carried over to their defense. However, when the second half came he began to rush his throws, and make rookie mental errors, which in the end, cost him in the 4th quarter.
Arizona's defense performed well against the strong rushing attack of the Buccaneers and Doug Martin. On 31 carries, the Cardinals held the Buccaneers to 80 yards and a 2.6 yards per carry average.
Both Quarterbacks threw two picks, a touchdown, and completed 55% of their passes. The only difference was that Palmer threw for 248 yards, and was sacked once, while Glennon threw for 193 yards, suffered two sacks, and fumbled the ball.
The Offensive line struggled this game... As usual. Multiple false start penalties on Levi Brown and Eric Winston cost the team. Winston struggled early on, and this is back to back weeks where he has struggled. Brown did not allow a sack, so this was a good game for him.
Andre Ellington continues to shine, on four rushing attempts he averaged 7.3 yards, and recorded Arizona's longest rushing attempt of the season, for 25 yards. Rashard Mendenhall looked off today, running 21 yards on 12 carries, and fumbled the ball twice, losing it once.
Larry Fitzgerald, after starting the game with 0 targets and 0 catches, went off in the second half, recording 6 catches on 9 targets, and the game tying score. Michael Floyd was also a factor in the game, recording 5 catches for 87 yards, and nearly hauled in a one handed grab early in the game. Rookie receiver Jaron Brown, recorded just one catch for 19 yards, but the way he did it was in spectacular fashion.
We needed to drive down the field to score the go ahead points, and Palmer threw it to Brown, he elevated himself above his defender, and on his way down, was popped on a hit by safety Dashon Goldson, tacking on 15 yards.
Jay Feely booted two field goals, going 2/2 in the game.
Dontay Moch recorded a sack late in the game, and a pressure early on. He's got excellent speed, and with the lack of depth at linebacker now, will likely remain on the roster and get a shot to prove his worth.
Patrick Peterson recorded two picks late in the game. One lead to the Palmer to Fitzgerald touchdown, and the other secured an Arizona win.
Injuries wise, Jasper Brinkley left the game late with a groin injury, Darnell Dockett left the game with a groin injury as well. The line backer who was signed to replace the three backers put on IR, was himself, injured in the game with a concussion after a special teams play. Daryn Colledge left with a right leg injury, the same leg he injured in preseason, and was replaced by Nate Potter.
The good news from this game is that we come away with the W, we are 2-2, in third place in the division, and we get both Daryl Washington (Suspension) and Dan Williams (Personal) back against the Carolina Panthers at home next week.