For the first time in a long time, we saw big plays on both sides of the ball for the Arizona Cardinals. For the first time in a long time, we saw an Arizona quarterback throw for over 300 yards and 2 TDs. But as usual, we saw the Cardinals give up a big lead on the road.
The Cardinals were up 24-13 heading into the fourth quarter, but could not keep up with the Rams. After a touchdown and two-point conversion, St. Louis Kicker Greg Zuerlein swished two field goals, one with under a minute left, to win the game.
Carson Palmer was fantastic, throwing for 327 yards and two TDs and leading a Cardinals offense that placed 32nd in passing yards last season. Sam Bradford played well as well, throwing for 299 yards and 2 TDs.
Rashard Mendenhall played well in his first game as an Arizona Cardinal, carrying the ball 16 times for 60 yards. Daryl Richardson played well as the replacement for Steven Jackson, carrying 20 times for 63 yards.
Larry Fitzgerald returned to superstar form in this game, pulling in 8 catches for 80 yards and 2 TDs. Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts were phenomenal as well, grabbing 4 balls for 82 yards and 8 balls for 97 yards, respectively. but the biggest story of this game was the play of TE Jared Cook, who signed with the Rams this summer after spending the last four season with the Tennessee Titans. The Cardinals' secondary was never able to stop Cook, who caught 7 balls for 141 yards and 2 TDs.
Tyrann Mathieu showed off All-Pro potential in his NFL debut, adding 7 tackles and a key forced fumble that prevented a long TD pass to Rams TE Jared Cook. Many NFL analysts have predicted that Mathieu will win Defensive Rookie of the Year, including NFL.com's Chris Wesseling and Dan Hansus.
The Cardinals (0-1) play at home next Sunday against the Lions (1-0).
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