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Six winners and one loser from the Arizona Cardinals 18-15 win over the San Francisco 49ers

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


That’s all that is left to say about Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer.

Add to that a strong defensive performance and the Cardinals winners and losers are from their 18-15 win over the San Francisco 49ers is a pretty easy one to write.


Carson Palmer - He had his one moment, but after that he was rock solid again. Doing as much as he could with a bad offensive line. It remains to be seen how much more punishment Palmer can take, but he has had the Cardinals in three of their four games this season.

Larry Fitzgerald - He is the ageless one. Only four catches after his 13 catch outburst last week, but his last one was the biggest of the day, a 19 yard beauty from Carson Palmer.

Jaron Brown - Ja Brown has had some nice moments, but this week he looked like a guy who could be a teams number two receiver. He finished with 8 catches for 105 yards on the day and did the heavy lifting for the receiving core.

Running Backs Catching the ball - While Andre Ellington had two bad drops today, he finished the game with 9 catches for 86 yards and did yeoman’s work on that last drive, which earned him the spot, despite the drops. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson had three catches for 31 yards on the day. They combined for 50 yards rushing and 117 yards receiving. Not a bad game.

The defense - Not going to single anyone out here, but I thought, despite playing an anemic 49ers offense, we saw some solid to spectacular work from the defense today. They are not a dominant group, but they are good enough to help this team win games.


The offensive line - Yuck. Six sacks and 16... Yes 16!!! hits on Carson Palmer. It was an awful, awful job by the offensive line. Add in 20 carries for 50 yards, taking out Palmer, and this was one of the truly worst performances for any offensive line unit I have every seen. Yet... A win is a win.

There are many, many more things we can lament in this game and put in the losers section.

Really, too many to list.

However, with two starting offensive lineman, and the top backup interior offensive lineman out, with no semblance of a running game and no hope of one with the offensive line play. This team, found a way to win the football game and comeback to 2-2 as they head east to Philadelphia for another dreaded east coast game.

So let’s just enjoy the win, we will get back to the reality of the bad tomorrow.