Cardinals Get Big Games from Palmer and Johnson; Top Redskins 31-23

Washington Redskins v Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns, David Johnson scored twice and the Cardinals held on to beat the Redskins 31-23 on Sunday.

The loss by the Redskins (6-5-1) clinched a playoff spot for the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys.

Palmer’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Johnson with 11:09 to play put Arizona ahead 24-20, the fourth lead change of the second half.

After a Washington field goal, Palmer’s 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson with 1:56 padded gave the Cardinals (5-6-1) a 31-23 lead.

Washington drove to the Arizona 28-yard line before Patrick Peterson’s interception of Kirk Cousins’ pass with 41 seconds left sealed the victory.

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Cardinals Return to the Playoffs in Danger; Fall to Falcons 38-19

Arizona Cardinals v Atlanta Falcons

Taylor Gabriel took two short passes for touchdowns and the Atlanta Falcons returned from a bye week to add to Arizona’s misery, blowing out the Cardinals 38-19 on Sunday.

Gabriel, who was cut by the winless Cleveland Browns before the season, scored on plays of 35 and 25 yards that showed off his speed.

His second score finished the Cardinals, who began the season touted as a Super Bowl contender but have been one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams.

The Falcons (7-4) began the day leading the NFC South and moved a step closer to their first playoff berth since 2012.

The Cardinals (4-6-1) have lost two straight and three of their past four, putting them in danger of missing the postseason a season after reaching the NFC championship game.

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Cardinals vs Falcons NFL Week 12 Inactives

Cardinals: WR Marquis Bundy, S Christian Bryant, LB Sio Moore, G Cole Toner, DT Olsen Pierre, DT Robert Nkemdiche, DT Ed Stinson

Falcons: P Matt Bosher, CB Desmond Trufant, DT Ra’Shede Hageman, OL Wes Schweitzer, DL Cliff Matthews, S Sharrod Neasman, RB Terron Ward

Cardinals Can’t Stop the Big Play; Fall to Vikings 30-24

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The Minnesota Vikings returned, literally, to their winning way.

Xavier Rhodes took back one of his two interceptions 100 yards for a touchdown and Cordarrelle Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards for a score in Minnesota’s 30-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, helping the Vikings stop their four-game losing streak.

“It’s been a long, long, long month, but it’s good to feel this again,” said coach Mike Zimmer, who urged his team multiple times this week to stop chasing those momentum-shifting plays and focus instead on fundamentals. “It’s good to see the fight that the players had, to see the hard work.”

The Vikings (6-4) held onto their first-place tie with Detroit in the NFC North, with a rematch against the Lions looming in four days. After scoring twice each on defense and special teams during their NFL-best 5-0 start, the Vikings failed to produce a return touchdown over their last four games until this breakthrough.

They also sacked Carson Palmer four times, two by Danielle Hunter, for the most since their last victory six weeks ago.

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NFL Week 11 Cardinals vs Vikings Inactives

Cardinals: S Tyrann Mathieu, WR Chris Hubert, CB Tharold Simon, G Cole Toner, DT Olsen Pierre, DT Robert Nkemdiche, DT Corey Peters

Vikings: WR Jarius Wright, LB Edmond Robinson, TE David Morgan, OG Zac Kerin, T Rashod Hill, QB Taylor Heinicke, DT Sharrif Floyd

Cardinals Switch Punters; Ink Drew Butler and Release Ryan Quigley

Drew Butler

Cardinals have switched punters, re-signing Drew Butler and releasing Ryan Quigley, the Associated Press reports.

Butler was the Cardinals’ punter for the first three games of the season before injuring a calf. He was waived with an injury settlement and the team signed Quigley.

Neither has impressive statistics.

Quigley is last in the NFL in punting average (41.6 yards) and net (37.2 yards).

Butler’s statistics were worse in his three games at 40 and 33.7 yards, respectively. Butler has punted in 34 regular-season games for Arizona.

49ers vs Cardinals NFL Week 10 Capsule

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-7) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (3-4-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  49ERS CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER 29-20  
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Chip Kelly: 1-3 Bruce Arians: 4-3
LAST WEEK L 41-23 vs. New Orleans Bye (Wk. 8: L 30-20 at Carolina)
LAST GAME 10/6/16: Cardinals 33 at 49ers 21. Arizona RB David Johnson rushes for 157 yards & 2 TDs. Cardinals DE Calais Campbell has 2 sacks, safety & INT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/27/15: Cardinals 47, 49ers 7. Arizona RB Chris Johnson rushes for 110 yards & 2 TDs. Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu has 2 INTs, incl. 33-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Brad Allen
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dan Miller, Brady Poppinga. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 145 (SF), 81 (Ari). XM: 88 (WW1), 227 (SF), 225 (Ari).

STATS

PASSING Colin Kaepernick: 53-102-728-4-2-80.0 Carson Palmer: 177-282-2068-10-6-87.9
RUSHING Carlos Hyde: 109-429-3.9-6 David Johnson: 156-705-4.5-8 (T3L)
RECEIVING Jeremy Kerley: 33-353-10.7-2 Larry Fitzgerald: 56 (3L)-554-9.9-5
OFFENSE 314.5 374.4
TAKE/GIVE -6 +3
DEFENSE 428.0 297.0 (1L)
SACKS Arik Armstead, Ahmad Brooks: 2.5 Markus Golden: 6
INTs 3 tied: 1 Marcus Cooper: 3 (T3L)
PUNTING Bradley Pinion: 45.5 Ryan Quigley: 41.3
KICKING Phil Dawson: 51 (18/18 PAT; 11/12 FG) Chandler Catanzaro: 43 (19/20 PAT; 8/11 FG)

NOTES

49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK passed for 398 yards & 2 TDs for 102.3 rating in Week 9. Has 2,005 career rush yards, 2nd QB in franchise history with 2,000+ rush yards (HOFer STEVE YOUNG). Has 100+ rating in 4 of 6 career starts vs. Az…RB DU JUAN HARRIS had 142 scrimmage yards (83 rec., 59 rush) & TD catch last week. RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for 78 yards & TD in last meeting. Has TD in 2 of 3 career meetings. Has 5 TDs in past 3 vs. NFC West…WR JEREMY KERLEY had 8 receptions for 102 yards & TD in last meeting. WR QUINTON PATTON had 6 receptions for 106 yards last week, 1st career 100-yard game. TE VANCE MC DONALD had 84 rec. yards, incl. 65-yard TD last week. Had 75-yard TD catch in Week 2 & is 4th TE since 1970 with 2 65+ yard TD catches in same season…DE DE FOREST BUCKNER has 17 tackles (8.5 per game) & 2 sacks in past 2 on road. LB AHMAD BROOKS has sack in 3 of past 4 vs. NFC West. LB GERALD HODGES had 11 tackles & sack in Week 9. S ERIC REID had 6 tackles & FF in last meeting…CARDINALS: QB CARSON PALMER completed 35 of 46 (76.1 pct.) for 363 yards & 3 TDs for 111.1 rating in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ yards. Is averaging 307.8 yards & has 7 TDs in 5 meetings…RB DAVID JOHNSON leads NFL with 1,112 scrimmage yards & leads NFC with 8 rush TDs. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 8 consec. games, longest streak in franchise history…Since entering league in 2004, WR LARRY FITZGERALD leads NFL in receptions (1,074) & rec. yards (13,920) & has 103 TDs. Is averaging 93.7 yards & has 4 TDs in past 3 vs. SF. WR J.J. NELSON had 2 rec. TDs in Week 8, 1st career multi-TD game…DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2 sacks, INT & safety in last meeting. LB DEONE BUCANNON aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 13+ tackles. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 10 tackles & 2 sacks in last meeting. S TYRANN MATHIEU has 3 INTs (incl. INT-TD) in past 3 vs. SF.

Cardinals vs Panthers NFL Week Eight Inactives

Cardinals: WR Chris Hubert, LB Alex Okafor, DT Olsen Pierre, TE Darren Fells, DT Ed Stinson, G Cole Toner, DT Xavier Williams

Panthers: DT Vernon Butler, OT Michael Oher, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, LB Jeremy Cash, TE Chris Manhertz, TE Scott Simonson, CB James Bradberry

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