Arizona Cardinals: Who is on a Hot Streak or a Cold Streak After Week 1?

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Sep 8, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer calls a play in the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Hot Streak : Carson Palmer (1)

Palmer had a solid night with less than stellar help from his pass protection. He completed 24 of 37 passes(64.9 percent) for 304 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed four times for 29 yards, a career high. He showed an ability to extend plays he has rarely if ever shown, which was a major factor in pulling out the win. His footwork in the redzone allowed the Cardinals to extend the play that eventually gave them their first touchdown, and a 3-and-10 scramble for 12 yards kept the hopes for a win alive.

He seemed to be making good reads throughout the game. He didn’t force deep passes and settled for screen passes or short completions when necessary. He did have a couple of those “Who was that to?” throws, but most quarterbacks do on most nights.  Palmer also made excellent use of the talent around him. Michael Floyd caught five passes for 119 yards, including a 63 yard bomb. John Brown, who has been the focus of a good deal of preseason hype, caught 2 passes for 29 yards and the game winning touchdown.

There is one exception, of course…