The Arizona Cardinals added another "W" to their win column on Sunday, defeating the New Orleans Saints in a stunning victory. A week after a 41-10 thrashing at the hands of the San Diego Chargers, the Cardinals turned around their woes and outscored the defending champs by ten.
Rookie quarterback Max Hall started in the first game of his career, completing 17 of 27 passes for 168 yards and an interception. Hall led the Cardinals offense on their first scoring drive in two games, albeit off of a fumble that led to a Levi Brown touchdown. Hall's play sparked the Cardinals offense and apparently the defense as well.
Allowing nearly 30 points per game, the defense forced four New Orleans' turnovers and took Drew Brees out of the game. They also scored 14 of their own points, including the game-clinching interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Five weeks into the season, we can finally say the Cardinals didn't play in an ugly game -- win or loss. The Cardinals lone turnover of the game came early off of Hall's interception. Hall fumbled the ball twice -- both resulting in positive plays for the offense. They also drastically lowered their penalties, only committing 3 all game.
Nabbing a win over the Saints feels good, especially after last season's playoff loss and the poor start to this season. What feels better is the play of Max Hall. He gives the Cardinals and the fans something to look forward to this season and the future. With the Rams falling earlier Sunday, the Cardinals now sit alone at first place in the NFC West. What are your thoughts on the game?