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Who was the player of the game in the Arizona Cardinals win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

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It may seem like an obvious choice, but it’s important to consider ALL the options.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals nose tackle Josh Mauro (97) tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims (34) during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium.
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An absolute blow-out occurred at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday. The Arizona Cardinals demolished the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-7.

This Player of the Game poll may be easier than the others. However, with a score like that, the success was spread all around the team. Only one can be named the Week 2 Player of the Game.

The Nominees:

Carson Palmer – Palmer passed for over 300 yards for the 17th time with Arizona. He spread the love with touchdown passes to three different wide receivers in the first half. No love for the Bucs though – 0 interceptions. He made some great reads and accurate throws that allowed the Cards to jump out early and quickly.

David Johnson – DJ split his carries with Chris Johnson, but still managed to scoop up 54 yards and a touchdown on the ground. His real impact in this game was through the air. He had three catches for 98 YARDS. He had two big plays. Deep in Cards territory, Palmer dumped a pass off to DJ. He made two guys coming in from different angles miss and took off up the sideline for 58 yards until he was forced out of bounds. Missing out on Ameer Abdullah may just be the best thing to happen to Arizona Football. He also just had a badass stiff arm.

Marcus Cooper – The search is over. The Cards have found their cornerback opposite of Patrick Peterson. Cooper stepped on the field as a substitute for Brandon Williams. Before Williams could get a drink of water, Cooper picked off Jameis Winston. He defended three passes and recorded seven total tackles. In the third quarter, Cooper recorded a pick six. A batted ball was then tipped by a Bucs wide receiver and fell into Cooper’s hands. Williams had better get comfortable. Cooper earned his spot in the starting lineup on Sunday afternoon.

Josh Mauro – Consulting with some other Cards analysts, I felt the fourth nomination should go to someone who’s not Larry Fitzgerald or Patrick Peterson. Mauro pumped up the Cards pass rush that was missing in the first half. He batted the ball that Cooper picked off. Cooper may have gotten the credit, but without that batted pass, there’s a good chance this one turns out a little differently.


Who do you think deserves to be named the Cards vs. Bucs Player of the Game? Cast your vote below!

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