The Arizona Cardinals took care of business against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. After head coach Bruce Arians spoke a lot over the last two weeks about running the ball more and better, they put their running backs to work.
Andre Ellington, with 88 yards on 24 carries and six catches for 72 yards, led the team in both rushing and receiving yards and Stepfan Taylor emerged with two touchdowns, carrying the ball 12 times for 40 yards.
The Cardinals got out to a 14-0 lead. In the first quarter, Carson Palmer led the Cardinals down the field for an 11-play, 88-yard drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown pass to Taylor, who dove and got the ball across the goalline before his knee came down.
They would follow up that score with a 33-yard scoring pass from Palmer to Michael Floyd.
But late in the second quarter, Arizona could not finish strongly. Two big plays led to 10 points by the Raiders to pull to 14-10 before the half.
Derek Carr completed a 55-yard pass to Brice Butler that set up a one-yard TD run by Darren McFadden. Then Carson Palmer's first interception of the season, a pass that John Carlson tipped and Charles Woodson caught, led to a Sebastian Janikowski field goal.
In the third quarter, Oakland pulled within one with a Sebastian Janikowski 53-yard field goal, but then the Cardinals offense started putting in work. They followed up that field goal with an eight-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a Taylor's second touchdown run to give the Cardinals a 21-13 lead.. They ran the ball seven times, threw it once and had a pass attempt to Andre Ellington result in a pass interference penalty on Oakland.
The scoring was capped in the final minute of the game with a 41-yard field goal to make the game 24-13. The field goal tied the rookie record of 15 consecutive made field goals to start a season.
Arizona improves to 5-1 on the season and maintains their place in first in the NFC West.
Quarterback Carson Palmer finished the game 22/31 for 258 yards, two scores and the one interception. Nine different offensive players caught the ball. He was sacked once.
Arizona rushed the ball 37 times for 123 yards, the most they have run the ball all season.
Defensively, they held Oakland to only 220 yards of offense. They sacked Carr once. Carr was 16/28 for 173 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Their leading receiver was Butler, who had the one 55-yard catch. Darren McFadden was Oakland's leading rusher, gaining 48 yards on 14 carries and getting the lone Raiders touchdown. Oakland gained only 56 yards on the ground.
They will host the Philadelphia Eagle next week.