Who was the player of the game during this 18-17 victory?
1) Carson Palmer
Palmer had a shaky first half, as the offense was limited to just two FG's before halftime. However, he stepped up when needed, and finished 24-37 for 304 yards, two TDs, and most importantly, no interceptions. Both of Palmer's touchdowns came in the 4th quarter, and the Cardinals outscored Phillip River's offense 12-0 in the final quarter. Although Palmer has his low moments, he once again was able to come through for the win.
2) Larry Foote
A big question mark this off-season was how the defense would cope with the loss of both Daryl Washington (Suspension) and Karlos Dansby (Free Agency). Foote, along with Kevin Minter, was chosen to be a replacement for one of the league's best LB duos, and he delivered. Leading the team with 8 tackles, as well as recording one pass deflected, Foote was one of the biggest reasons the Chargers were only able to rush for a net total of 52 yards.
3) John Brown
The rookie out of Pittsburgh State was hyped up throughout the off-season, and against San Diego, he showed why. With 2:25 left in the game, Palmer was able to find Brown on a screen pass, who then illustrated his speed and mobility by running it in for a 13 yard TD to put the Cardinals ahead by 1 point. Brown will definitely be a player to watch as the season unfolds.
4) Chandler Catanzaro
Throughout last season, a major source of complaints for Cardinals fans was Jay Feely's inability to produce deep kickoffs. A major reason Catanzaro won the kicking contest during preseason were his deep kicks, and the rookie made sure that there were no regrets surrounding the decision to keep him. Catanzaro connected twice on FGs, one for 22 yards and one for 44 yards, and the Chargers' returnman, Eddie Royal, was never able to run a kickoff out.
5) Michael Floyd
With Larry Fitzgerald only being targeted four times throughout the game, Floyd seized his opportunity, bringing in 5 receptions for 119 yards. This led the Cardinals next highest receiver, Ted Ginn, by 90 yards. Floyd looks to carry over his dominance from last year's breakout season.
Who do you think was the player of the game? Vote to decide in the poll, or comment if you think someone else is worthy of the title.