Arizona Cardinals Lead Jacksonville Jaguars 24-14


Nov 17, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks to throw during the first half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals passing game seems to be on track today.  By far this has been Carson Palmer’s best game as the Cards starting quarterback.  He has not thrown an interception yet.  He has at least one in every game so far this season.  They lead the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-14 at the end of the third quarter.

It was quite the circus of a third quarter though.  The Jags apparently had two turnovers.  Both were correctly take away.  On the first, Patrick Peterson muffed a punt and Jacksonville seemed to recover before Peterson came up with the ball.  The play was challenged, which it shouldn’t have been, however the correct call still resulted.

Then Palmer threw his first interception of the game.  However, the refs ruled the Cards had called a timeout prior to the play and the interception was wiped out.  The Jags came out and played inspired defense on the next two plays to give the Jags good field position after a Cards punt.  The Cards defense once again though, clamped up.

The big play of the quarter was a 91-yard pass and catch from Palmer to Michael Floyd.  It was the longest touchdown reception of the season in the NFL to date.  Floyd appeared he would be tackled soon after the catch but got himself out of it and ran it down the left sideline for a score.

Of concern is the special teams.  They’ve put the Cards offense in long fields, muffed punts and allowed long Jaguars punt and kick returns.  Maybe one reason is the loss of Justin Bethel, who left the game in the second quarter to a possible concussion.  The Cards are currently driving and will have the ball to start the fourth quarter.