Arizona Cardinals: Quick start results in 10-0 lead

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The Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs have completed the first quarter

The Arizona Cardinals could not have started off the new season any better.  Quarterback Carson Palmer looked fantastic in his one series and so did running back Andre Ellington.  The on defense, safety Tyrann Mathieu found a ball thrown by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in his hands and set the Cards up for a field goal.

It was 10-0 Cardinals just six minutes and 37 seconds into the game.  There should be no complaints about the first team on offense or defense.

Palmer, returning from a torn ACL suffered last November, went 4-4 for 77 yards, including a 57-yard pass to Ellington.  Ellington caught it and almost out ran the Chiefs defense for a touchdown.  Three plays later, Ellington ran the ball in from two yards.

Then after taking the 7-0 lead, the Cardinals defense came up big.  Mathieu intercepted a pass from Smith and ran it back 26 yards.  That set up what would turn out to be a 33-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro.  So quickly, it was 10-0.  Quarterback Drew Stanton came in to replace Palmer and didn’t look good on his first drive.

The Chiefs moved the ball a bit as Smith got a second series to try and move the ball but ultimately they had to punt back to the Cardinals.  Stanton’s second drive did result in one first down to receiver Jaron Brown.  However the drive stalled as running back Kerwynn Williams was unable to get a first down on third and one.  The subsequent punt by Dave Zastudil though resulted in a great special teams tackle by linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.

The one negative I would take from the first quarter was from receiver Brittan Golden.  He complained about a non-pass interference call that was a good no call.  He went off on the sideline judge even after walking off the field.  He needs to learn to pick his battles but don’t tell these guys it’s preseason.