Well, in our look back at the 2014 season, somehow we managed to skip over both Weeks 7 and 8. Today we look back at the Week 7 game the Cardinals had on the road against the Oakland Raiders, a 24-13 win.
In the game, the Cardinals were able to run the ball and pull away late in the game.
After jumping ahead 14-0 in the second quarter, Arizona allowed the Raiders to sneak within four before halftime. In the second half, the defense dominated and the offense did just enough to mail down the win.
What went right:
Arizona ran the ball a lot. The attempted 37 running plays. Andre Ellington carried the ball 24 times and Stepfan Taylor got another 12 carries. Taylor scored a pair of touchdowns, one on the ground and one on a stupendous effort on a reception to get into the end zone.
Unlike later in the year, the Arizona defense smothered any rushing attack Oakland had. They allowed only 56 yards on the ground.
What went wrong:
This game was never supposed to be close, but Arizona once again had problems before the half defensively. They allowed 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half.
Carson Palmer threw his first interception of the season.
What we learned:
We learned the Cardinals could grind out wins. They had possession of the ball for nearly 37 minutes of the game. We also saw another case of second half defensive adjustments. And while this isn't about the Cardinals, we learned Derek Carr has some talent, even if he only threw for 173 yards and no touchdowns.