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5 winners and 2 losers from the Arizona Cardinals 20-15 win over the New Orleans Saints

A look at the Arizona Cardinals players who stood out in the 20-15 win.

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20-15 is an odd score for any football game, but the Arizona Cardinals found a way to win a game with this final score.

Yet, when the dust settled, there were only a couple of problems coming out of this game, while there were many positives to take from it.

Let’s get to it.


Sam Bradford - 6-6 61 yards and a touchdown drive in three drives. In four drives this season, Bradford has gone 7-7 67 yards and two drives leading in Arizona Cardinals touchdowns. There is nothing too exciting about what Bradford is doing, but the outcomes are quite positive thus far.

Josh Rosen - There is not much to say, let’s just enjoy this:

I don’t think you are getting the greatness of this throw, let’s take a closer look.

Evan Boehm - What a difference a week makes. Boehm was the second team center and played well, and made it look like he deserves the Arizona Cardinals backup center position.

Deatrick Nichols - What a nice performance from Nichols. After a week one performance that showed some warts, he came back in week two and provided a spark.

Gerald Hodges - The difference between a linebacker and a player learning to be a linebacker is quite interesting. Hodges showed just that. He isn’t great by any means, but he showed what experience at a position provides.


Robert Nkemdiche - Nothing serious, that’s the report from Steve Wilks on the Nkemdiche injury, but it still was a problem. He was washed out early and often in his limited time, then left the game with another lower body injury, this time a foot issue. While it seems to be okay, it still is distressing to see a player who is being so counted on have to leave.

First team offensive/defensive line - Wow, what a difference a week makes. After looking like wrecking balls in week one of the preseason, they looked like it was going to be a long season in week two. After two series on each side of the ball, it was finally time for each side to settle down, but the first two series raised an eyebrow or two.

All of that said, you can’t get too mad.