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Panthers vs. Cardinals results: 5 negatives from 22-6 Arizona victory

The win was not all good.

Christian Petersen

If you watched the Arizona Cardinals in their 22-6 win over the Carolina Panthers, you will know that it was not pretty.

What were the not good parts of the win?

Carson Palmer's play

Palmer had his worst game to date. He was 19/28 for 175 yards, one TD, three INT and a passer rating of 57.0. That sort of play in a win lines up with the stat lines of other failed recent QBs -- John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Derek Anderson and Max Hall. He has thrown at least one interception in each of the team's five games and has thrown nine on the season. He has never thrown more than 20 in a season and he had only 14 last season. He is on pace for 29 this year. Yuck.

Playcalling in the first half

The fact that the Cards only attempted to run the ball only six time was ridiculous. Of course, that was remedied in the second half. On the team's best scoring drives this year, they have run the ball.

Covering the tight end in the first half

This was an issue in the first half. They had Jerraud Powers covering Greg Olsen. Olsen had five first half receptions for 79 yards. Something changed in the second half and Olsen was shut out the rest of the way, but the team clearly does not know how to go up against able tight ends that can catch the ball.

No pass rush off the edge

While the team picked up seven overall, they got no production from their outside linebackers in the pass rushing department. The league stats sheet did not give a single QB pressure to an outside linebacker. Matt Shaughnessy had three tackles and John Abraham had two, but Abraham is still sackless on the season.

The invisible Rob Housler

Housler was supposed to be a huge offensive contributor this season. Everyone...EVERYONE said it. The media, the fantasy football prognosticators, the coaching staff, Carson Palmer -- everyone. I think Ken Whisenhunt may still have been talking great about Housler. He was completely invisible on Sunday. He was targeted twice. Once he didn't even look to find the ball. The other he did not stretch his arms out to make a catch of a catchable ball. They way he is playing, I don't know if he could even produce against his own defense, which struggles against tight ends.

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