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Cardinals vs. Bears final score: What we learned in Arizona 48-23 win

Arizona rolls with huge statistical numbers.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the Arizona Cardinals got what they wanted -- a road win to improve to 2-0. They got a 48-23 win over the Chicago Bears and the stats didn't even look all that impressive. For the second week in a row, the offense was outgained by the opponent, but the game was always in control.

What did we learn in Week 2?

Larry Fitzgerald is not washed up

With all the talk of Larry Fitzgerald and declining production, he has led the team in receiving in both games. He had eight catches for 112 yards and three touchdowns. It was the first time in his career he had three touchdowns in a regular season game.

Through two games, he has 14 catches for 199 yards and three scores. All that does is project to 112 catches, 1592 yards and 24 scores. No big deal at all.

David Johnson is special so far

On the heels of his 55-yard touchdown reception in Week 1, he scored another two times. Once was a 108-yard kickoff return to begin the game (how is that for momentum?) and then he scored on a 13-yard run. He happens to be the only player in NFL history to catch a touchdown, rush for a touchdown and have a touchdown in his first two career games. Not bad.

He also made a nice change-of-pace back. He carried the ball eight times for 42 yards. He had three carries that went for at least 10 yards. He looks like another third round treasure.

Chris Johnson steady in his start

He wasn't the big play threat he has been in his career, but he got a very steady 72 yards on 20 carries. He was tackled for a loss only once. He had three carries for one yard each. He never got to 10 yards on any carry. But it was exactly what the Cardinals needed. David Johnson was able to hit for big plays. In his eight carries, three went for at least 10 yards. More importantly, Johnson didn't get hurt.

Josh Mauro a playmaker

Mauro, who essentially caused Matt Shaughnessy to lose his job, played well. He had four tackles and a sack. He was flying all over the field. It was his first career sack. He plays when the Cardinals play dime and want to protect a little more against the run. But he also is active enough as a pass rusher.

Cards get it done in all phases

Arizona got a special teams touchdown. Tony Jefferson returned an interception for a score. The offense scored five touchdowns. The team rushed for over 100 yards. Carson Palmer had a passer rating of over 115.

Getting sacks, not giving them up

For the second week in a row, the Carson Palmer was not sacked. The defense picked up two -- one by Josh Mauro and one split between Kareem Martin and Markus Golden. Everyone has said how the Cardinals need to keep Palmer upright. So far, so good.

Catanzaro misses PAT, but it doesn't matter

Well, after missing three extra points in the preseason, kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed his final attempt of the game. Of course, when the team is up by 25 points, it doesn't hurt. However, it is something to watch as the weeks go by. Maybe he was tired after all the attempts.


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