Arizona Cardinals 42 Chicago Bears 23 end of 3rd quarter


The Arizona Cardinals defense sparked the third quarter quick start against the Chicago Bears

So I said at halftime that the Arizona Cardinals needed to shore up their defense.  Check.  Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson intercepted Chicago Bears backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen on the first Bears offensive drive and a couple of plays later the Cardinals found themselves scoring.

Cardinals Quarterback Carson Palmer threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to receiver Larry Fitzgerald to give the Cardinals a 35-20 lead less than a full minute into the third quarter.  It’s funny how a little defense can go a long way.

Clausen and the Bears came out and again struggled on their second drive.  The Cardinals got the Bears to punt and started moving the ball once again on offense.  Running back Chris Johnson got a nice first down on a couple of tough runs.  This Chris Johnson guy just might work out for the Cardinals.

There’s another Johnson doing work for the Cardinals today and that is David Johnson.  After his game-opening 108-yard kickoff return for touchdown, he scored on 13-yard run to give the Cardinals a 42-20 lead halfway through the third quarter.

Also doing work?  Some guy named Larry Fitzgerald.  He had a long 28-yard flea flicker touchdown catch while one arm draped around his neck before the David Johnson score.  He now has two touchdowns on the day.  It is Fitz of old and a beautiful thing to see.

So many weapons on offense.  The defense is still a little suspect but they’ve done enough to keep the game in the Cardinals favor.  One quarter to go.