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Cardinals vs. Cowboys: Player of the Game Poll

7-1 feels good. Beating the Cowboys feels better.

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But having the best record in the NFL?  Nothing beats that.

Let's take a look at the candidates for Player of the Game.

1) Carson Palmer

The 11 year veteran, and only remaining QB from the 2003 draft, is having a season to remember.  Despite a pick-6 thrown early in the game, Palmer able to recover, going 22-34 for 249 yards and 3 TDs.  Although the offense seemed to stagnate at times, Palmer once again got the job done.

2) Dan Williams

The Cardinals D-line has taken some hits this year, but Dan Williams has held it down.  Against the Cowboys, Williams recorded 3 solo tackles and a sack for a loss of 9 yards.  He was a major reason as to why DeMarco Murray's streak of 100 yard games ended on Sunday.

3) Patrick Peterson

Minus the TD he gave up, Peterson had an outstanding game.  Paired with the Cowboys #1 receiver Dez Bryant, Peterson showed no signs of the concussion that had taken him out of the Eagles game a week prior.  Up until the last two minutes of the game, Bryant hadn't even brought in a single reception.  Yes, Peterson gave up 6 to to Bryant with 1:08 to go, but this was a garbage-time score, which essentially means nothing.  It was a great game for a corner that really needed one.

4) Tyrann Mathieu

The Honey Badger is back.  Mathieu ended the day with 4 solo tackles, a pass deflected, and an interception.  It's looking like the Tyrann Mathieu of last season is finally here, and it couldn't have come at a better time as the Cardinals enter the second half of the season.

5) Andre Ellington

The 7 victories that the Cardinals currently have are due in large part to the second year RB.  On Sunday, Ellington rushed 21 times for 95 yards.  But it's his receiving skills that truly set him apart from the rest, as Ellington once again was one of the top receivers for the Cardinals, bringing in 4 receptions for 39 yards and a TD in the 4th quarter.  As long as he stays healthy, the Cardinals have a rushing/receiving threat that will be key to any Playoff hopes that the team may harbor.

Who do you think was the Cardinals' Player of the Game?  Vote in the poll, or comment if you think someone not listed here is worthy of the title!