Sunday was a great day to be a Cardinals fan as they rolled to a 30-20 victory over the Washington Redskins at home. Many of the Cards had terrific days. Below are the candidates that played extremely well and earned a spot on our "Player of the Game" poll.
1) Tyrann Mathieu
Honey Badger came to play Sunday afternoon. Late in the 3rd quarter Mathieu defended a 3rd down pass to force a Redskin punt. Because of this play Arizona was able to get the ball back, score, and give them a 7-point cushion to work with in the 4th quarter. Honey Badger also recovered Andre Robert's fumble early in the 4th quarter and recorded 4 solo tackles.
2) Jerraud Powers
Jerraud Powers was all over Andre Roberts. At the start of the 3rd quarter the score was 13-14. Powers came up with a big stop on 3rd and 1, reading the screen pass to Roberts and recording a tackle for a two-yard loss forcing Washington to punt. Early in the 4th, he forced Roberts to fumble, which was recovered by the Cardinals. In addition to all of this, very late in the 4th he intercepted Kirk Cousins on a pass intended for Desean Jackson. Powers was on fire.
3) Carson Palmer
All week the question was who would be the starting quarterback for the Cardinals and it took until just before the start of the game that Palmers name was given. Congratulations to Bruce Arians for making a great decision. After five weeks of absence, Palmer returned and went 28-44 for 250 yard and two touchdowns. Despite the numbers, he was the rock of the Cardinals offense and managed to kick start them early enough to give the defense some leeway.
4) Rashad Johnson
Johnson recorded 8 total tackles (6 solo) and defended two passes. But that isn't even the best part. With 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter, just as the Redskins were attempting to storm a comeback Johnson intercepted Kirk Cousins to kill their momentum and take more time off of the clock. But wait, there's more! With less than 30 seconds to play and the Redskins down by 3 - Johnson picked off Cousins (yes- again) and returned it for a touchdown to secure the win.
We'd like to give an honorable mention to Larry Fitzgerald for recording 98 yards, his 1st receiving touchdown of the year, and telling the critics, "No I'm not done yet!"
So what do you think? Who was the player of the game? Vote below or comment someone you think should have been a candidiate.