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Arizona Cardinals Fall 34-24 to Houston Texans in Preseason Game 3

The Arizona Cardinals fall to 0-3 in the 2016 preseason after a loss to the Houston Texans.

Arizona Cardinals v Houston Texans Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

It has been a less than stellar preseason for the Arizona Cardinals and today’s third preseason game for the Arizona Cardinals did not change things much in the Arizona Cardinals 34-24 loss to the Houston Texans.

It started poorly,as Patrick Peterson rolled an ankle in warm ups and would be held out, and from there everything else went down hill.

First Team Offense

There was one sliver of good, as Carson Palmer and the first team offense scored their first touchdown of the preseason. The Arizona Cardinals, based solely on the preseason, look like a team primed to run the ball extremely well this season.

Carson Palmer threw two interceptions, the offensive line had some issues in pass protection, but there was still not a ton of action, as Arians pulled the plug quickly on the starters.

D.J. Humphries looked really good again today, as did David Johnson. J.J. Nelson had a nice day, even without much too show in the stats box. He’s been a nice little revelation this camp. Jaron Brown and Michael Floyd had good days as well, as much as you could see from them.

It just continues to be a question about Carson Palmer. Is there a reason to worry? I don’t think so, but age is undefeated, you have to just hope it isn’t that time yet.

First Team Defense

Mike Jenkins looks like he’ll be lost for the season, another unfortunate injury for Jenkins, who has had a career full of unfortunate injuries.

Defensively we saw Chandler Jones good and bad. He had a sack in the game, but he also was blown off the ball on the short Lamar Miller touchdown run. It was what made Patriots fans okay with losing Jones.

The secondary was without their two best players, but it is obvious that there are question marks throughout. Brandon Williams had his best game and that was because Mike Jenkins and Justin Bethel were struggling.

The starting defense was also the victim of bad offensive play, which led to short fields for the Texans.

The defense though continues to be difficult to run the football against, so it will be about finding a player to lock up the side opposite Patrick Peterson to make this defense special.

Notes from the Game:

  • Mike Jenkins and Stepfan Taylor both left the game. Jenkins injury looked serious, Taylor’s, I am not sure.
  • Drew Stanton struggled the first couple plays, but then settled in nicely until Andre Ellington’s "drop".
  • Matt Barkley led two scoring drives, but he was aided by his wide receivers, which is different than previous weeks where they were not making plays. He also threw two interceptions in the game. I know there is a large contingent of Barkley backers, but he has not done anything to unseat Drew Stanton this preseason.

  • Robert Nkemdiche is a bad, bad man. Double team, spin, find the RB, one yard gain. Fantastic play. I know it is against guys getting cut, but that is what you expect him to do to inferior players.

  • Jaxon Shipley and Chris Hubert finally showed up. There is going to be some good wide receivers available.
  • Andre Ellington the RB >>> Andre Ellington the return man.

What did you see?