Cardinals Blasted by the Bills in Buffalo 33-18

Arizona Cardinals v Buffalo Bills

LeSean McCoy scored twice and safety Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor also scored on a 20-yard run at a time the Rex Ryan-coached Bills spent the past week taking the brunt of criticism after opening the season 0-2.

The win also came on the heels of Ryan firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman and replacing him with running backs coach Anthony Lynn.

McCoy scored on 24- and 5-yard runs, and finished with 110 yards rushing after combining for just 117 in his first two games. Taylor had 76 yards rushing, including a 49-yarder, the longest by a quarterback in team history.

Ryan’s defense also bounced back after allowing 493 yards in 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on Sept. 15. The Bills limited Arizona to 348 yards and intercepted Carson Palmer on each of Arizona’s final four possessions.

Click HERE to Read the Rest!

Cardinals vs Bills NFL Week Three Inactives

Cardinals

S Marqui Christian, G Evan Mathis, DT Olsen Pierre, DT Robert Nkemdiche, DT Frostee Rucker, DT Xavier Williams, LB Kareem Martin

Bills

WR Sammy Watkins, CB Ronald Darby, QB Cardale Jones, LT Cordy Glenn, WR Greg Salas, S Colt Anderson, C Patrick Lewis.

Cardinals at Bills NFL Week Three Capsule

ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-1) AT BUFFALO BILLS (0-2)

SERIES

  CARDINALS BILLS
SERIES LEADER   6-4
STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Bruce Arians: 0-0 Rex Ryan: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 40-7 vs. Tampa Bay L 37-31 vs. New York Jets
LAST GAME 10/14/12: Bills 19 at Cardinals 16 (OT). Buffalo RB C.J. Spiller rushes for 88 yards & TD. Bills K Ryan Lindell converts GW 25-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/5/08: Cardinals 41, Bills 17. Arizona QB Kurt Warner throws for 250 yards & 2 TDs for 107.3 rating. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has 7 catches for 52 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Walt Anderson
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter).

SIRIUS: 98 (Ari), 113 (Buf). XM: 386 (Ari), 230 (Buf).

STATS

PASSING Carson Palmer: 42-68-579-5 (T2L)-0-113.5 Tyrod Taylor: 33-52-408-3-1-98.9
RUSHING David Johnson: 28-134-4.8-1 LeSean McCoy: 31-117-3.8-1
RECEIVING Larry Fitzgerald: 14 (T3L)-162-11.6-3 (T1L) LeSean McCoy (RB): 8-43-5.4-0
OFFENSE 380.0 276.5
TAKE/GIVE +7 (1L) +1
DEFENSE 334.5 400.5
SACKS Markus Golden, Chandler Jones: 2 Jerry Hughes: 2
INTs Marcus Cooper: 2 (T1L)
PUNTING Drew Butler: 41.7 Colton Schmidt: 43.1
KICKING Chandler Catanzaro: 13 (7/8 PAT; 2/3 FG) Dan Carpenter: 8 (5/5 PAT; 1/2 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: QB CARSON PALMER passed for 308 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.0 rating last week. Has 100+ rating in 6 of past 7. Has 30-10 (.750) record as starter for Az…RB DAVID JOHNSON had 152 scrimmage yards (98 rec., 54 rush) in Week 2. RB CHRIS JOHNSON has 6 TDs in 5 career games vs. Buf. Had rush TD vs. TB…WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 6 receptions for 81 yards & TD last week. Had 6 catches for 93 yards & TD in last meeting. Since entering NFL in 2004, ranks 1st in catches (1,032) & rec. yards (13,528) with 101 TDs. WR MICHAEL FLOYD has TD catch in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC…LBs CHANDLER JONES & MARKUS GOLDEN lead team with 2 sacks each. CB MARCUS COOPER had 2 INTs last week, incl. 60-yard TD. CB PATRICK PETERSON had INT in last meeting…BILLS: QB TYROD TAYLOR has 110.3 rating & 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) in past 5 at home. Threw 3 TDs last week, incl. 84-yarder to WR MARQUISE GOODWIN & 71-yarder to WR GREG SALAS. Is 1 of 5 Bills QBs with 2 70+ TD passes in game…RB LE SEAN MC COY has 383 scrimmage yards (95.8 per game) in 4 meetings. Is only NFL player with 7,000+ rush (7,167) & 2,000+ rec. (2,309) yards since 2010. RB REGGIE BUSH had 83-yard PR-TD & 46-yard rush TD in 2009 Div. vs. Az. (1/16/10 with NO), only player with 80+ yard PR-TD & 45+ yard rush TD in same playoff game…WR SAMMY WATKINS has 15 catches for 276 yards (92 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 vs. NFC. WR Goodwin had 1st career 100-yard game (2 catches, 112 yards) last week…CB NICKELL ROBEY-COLEMAN had 36-yard FR-TD in Week 2. LB JERRY HUGHES has 4.5 sacks in past 7 vs. NFC. CB STEPHON GILMORE has INT in 3 of past 5 vs. NFC. LB LORENZO ALEXANDER played 2 seasons (2013-14) with Az. Had sack & FF last week. LB PRESTON BROWN had 16 tackles & FF in Week 2.

Cardinals Rebound from Week One Loss; Pound Bucs 40-7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals looked like the team they are supposed to be, often at the expense of Jameis Winston.

Carson Palmer threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cardinals intercepted Winston four times in a 40-7 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Marcus Cooper, acquired for a conditional draft pick in a trade with Kansas City on Sept. 2, had two interceptions, returning the second 60 yards for a score. Winston also fumbled the ball away once.

“It is a humbling league,” Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said. “We got humbled today.”

Winston, who had four touchdown passes against Atlanta in the opener and was NFC player of the week, threw 51 passes, the most in his two NFL seasons, completing 27 for 243 yards.

Click HERE to Read the Rest!

Patriots vs Cardinals NFL Week One Capsule

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  PATRIOTS CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER   7-6
STREAKS 5 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 3-1 Bruce Arians: 0-0
LAST GAME 09/16/12: Cardinals 20 at Patriots 18. Arizona QB Kevin Kolb throws TD pass to WR Andre Roberts & adds rush TD. Cardinals’ defense records 4 sacks & INT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 09/19/04: Patriots 23, Cardinals 12. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 219 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots RB Corey Dillon rushes for 158 yards.
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (NE), 81 (Az). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NE), 225 (Az).

2015 STATS

PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo (Pre.): 36-54-406-1-0-95.1 Carson Palmer: 342-537-4671-35 (T2L)-11-104.6 (3L)
RUSHING LeGarrette Blount: 165-703-4.3-6 Chris Johnson: 196-814-4.2-3
RECEIVING Rob Gronkowski (TE): 72-1176-16.3-11 Larry Fitzgerald: 109-1215-11.1-9
OFFENSE 374.4 408.3 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +7 +9
DEFENSE 339.4 321.7
SACKS Jabaal Sheard: 8 Chandler Jones (NE): 12.5
INTs Ryan: 4 Tyrann Mathieu: 5
PUNTING Ryan Allen: 46.0 Drew Butler: 42.9
KICKING Stephen Gostkowski: 151 (1L) (52/52 PAT; 33/36 FG) Chandler Catanzaro: 137 (3L) (53/58 PAT; 28/31 FG)

NOTES

PATRIOTS: Only team in NFL history to win 12 division titles in 13 seasons. Have won 12+ games in 6 consecutive seasons, 2nd team to accomplish feat (Ind., 2003-09)…QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO makes 1st career NFL start. In preseason, completed 36 of 54 (66.7 pct.) for 406 yards with 1 TD & 0 INTs for 95.1 rating…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT rushed for 120 yards & 2 TDs in only game vs. Az. (10/31/10 with TB)…TE ROB GRONKOWSKI led team with 11 TD catches in 2015 & is only TE in NFL history with 5 career 10+ TD seasons. Since entering NFL in 2010, has 65 rec. TDs, most in NFL. WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 7 rec. TDs in past 8. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has 263 catches since 2012, 4th most by NFL TE. Spent previous 3 seasons in Chi…LB JAMIE COLLINS led team in tackles (89) in 2015 for 2nd consecutive season. CBs MALCOLM BUTLER (15) & LOGAN RYAN (14) led team in PD in 2015. Ryan also ranked 1st on club with 4 INTs last year…CARDINALS: Set franchise record with 13 wins, won NFC West & advanced to NFC Champ Game last season. Scored team-record 489 points (30.6 avg.) & led NFL in total offense (408.3 yards per game) in 2015…QB CARSON PALMER set franchise record with 35 pass TDs, 4,671 pass yards & 104.6 rating in 2015. Is only QB in team history with 2 4,000-yard seasons. Had 100+ passer rating in 11 games last year, most in NFL…RB DAVID JOHNSON led NFL rookies with 13 total TDs last season…WR LARRY FITZGERALD had team-record 109 catches in 2015, his 3rd 100-catch season. Had 1,215 rec. yards, his club-record 7th 1,000-yard season. WR JOHN BROWN had career-high 65 catches, 1,003 yards & 7 TDs last season…LB DEONE BUCANNON led team with 109 tackles in 2015. Was 1 of 2 in NFL with 100+ tackles, 3+ sacks, 3+ FFs & INT last season. LB CHANDLER JONES makes Az. debut. Had career-high 12.5 sacks last season with NE. S TYRANN MATHIEU tied for team lead with 5 INTs in 2015.

Cardinals Make a Deal with Chiefs for CB Marcus Cooper

Marcus Cooper

The Cardinals have acquired cornerback Marcus Cooper in a trade with the Chiefs. Darren Urban of Azcardinals.com reports.

The Cards sent an undisclosed conditional pick in the 2018 draft to the Chiefs in return.

Cooper, in his fourth season, started six of 16 games as a rookie in 2013 and made three interceptions. He was named the Chiefs’ rookie of the year. But in limited action the past two seasons, Cooper had no interceptions and was being tried at safety this offseason.

Cardinals CB Mike Jenkins Tears ACL, Season Over as Placed on IR

Mike Jenkins

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced that cornerback Mike Jenkins tore his ACL Sunday night in the third preseason game against the Houston Texans, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

“It was a shame because he had a chance to be our starting corner and he was battling through the hand,” Arians said of Jenkins. “(It) was another one of those non-contact injuries.”

Jenkins suffered the injury in the first quarter, and had an MRI on Monday after the team returned from Houston.

Jenkins, an eight-year veteran who played the last two seasons for Tampa Bay and was signed by the Cardinals on July 19, was in the mix for Arizona’s starting cornerback job opposite of Patrick Peterson, Arians said last week.

Jenkins was signed as a potential replacement for Justin Bethel, who missed all of OTAs, minicamp and the first few weeks of training camp with a foot injury.

Arizona’s Jaron Brown Makes The Most Of His Limited Role On Team

Jaron Brown

Since being signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Jaron Brown has used the month-long warmups at training camp to get his reps in and prove himself to his coaches and teammates. However, since the team has much depth at the receiver position, Brown hasn’t received the amount of playing time that he would like to have. With the Cardinals entering the season as one of the NFL betting odds favorites to win the Super Bowl, Brown likely won’t see a lot of playing time unless someone gets hurt.

Despite not having a lot of playing time, Arizona’s coaches have noticed the hard work Brown has put in since he joined the team, and are happy about the way he has progressed as a player. Even quarterback Carson Palmer had nothing but good things to say about Brown’s dedication to his craft, which says a lot about how far the undrafted player has come in three years.

Unlike other players trying to make NFL rosters who have great training camps and preseasons but eventually get cut and signed to practice squads, Brown doesn’t have jaw-dropping fields. However, Brown is one of the most consistent performers in the league, which is what his coaches love about him because they know what he brings to the table every game.

Brown has made the Cardinals’ final roster in each of his three seasons in the league, and barring a serious injury, he is expected to make the team’s roster again.

While Carson Palmer felt bad that Brown doesn’t get as much playing time as he would like because the team can’t bench players like Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd for him. Palmer said having a player like Brown on the team gives them a security blanket in case of an injury, which is a good thing.

According to Palmer, Brown gets underestimated a lot, which is one of the things that drive him. He is also deceptively fast, which always takes defenders by surprise whenever he is in a game. Palmer also said Brown makes contested catches and is almost as physical as Fitzgerald when it comes to blocking, which makes him a great weapon to have if one of the other receivers go down.

Whenever a receiver has gone down during the offseason, Brown has stepped into their roles and taken the reps the players would have had, which he says has been very beneficial to his progress. It is also the reason why he has learned how to play every receiver position so that he can step in at a moment’s notice, and the offense wouldn’t skip a beat.

In his three years in the league, Brown has caught 44 passes for 513 yards and four touchdowns. What makes his numbers even more impressive is the fact that he has caught more than three passes in a game just once in his career, which shows that he makes the most of the few passes that come his way.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said if Brown was in another system, he would be a very capable second or third receiver. The coach added that the offense is so confident in Brown that they don’t hesitate to throw to him in clutch situations.

Write For Us