The Arizona Cardinals had to have a win this weekend. After an embarassing loss to a Brady-less, Gronk-less, and a pretty depleted New England Patriots squad in Week one, the Cardinals rebounded.
Perhaps the biggest stat of the day was 24. That was the number of points the Cardinals dropped on the Buccaneers in the second quarter. The Cardinals came away with 10 points off of a pair of Jameis Winston turnovers, and could have been 14 had they converted their goal to go opportunity.
The Defense had a bounceback night. he Defense intercepted Jameis Winston four times. Recently acquired Corner, Marcus Cooper had two of those and returned one for a touchdown. Patrick Peterson had one and dropped a second later in the game. D.J. Swearinger had a pick in the final second of the game. In all, the Cardinals forced five turnovers. The fifth being a Jameis Winston fumble.
The Defense was much better in their third down defense as well. The Cardinals allowed the Bucs to convert only 5/13 third downs, a measly 38%.
David Johnson was the Cardinals leading receiver. He caught three passes for 98 yards. He was second on the team in rush yards, running 12 times for 45 yards. He capped off his night with 143 yards.
Carson Palmer had a better night in the pocket. He was sacked only once for four yards. From the pocket he finished 18/31 308 yards and a trio of touchdown passes. He had one miscomunication with David Johnson, that nearly lead to the Cardinals first turnover of the season.
After tonight, every NFC West team is sitting at 1-1 to start the season.
The Cardinals will travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills in Week Three.