Arizona Cardinals finish off Chicago Bears 48-23: Quick reaction


The Arizona Cardinals finish off the Chicago Bears with all three phases of game coming together

The Arizona Cardinals offense was very good all day long.  The special teams was special at times.  The defense sputtered in the first half and brought it together in the second half.  The Chicago Bears?  Well, they have work to do.

The Cardinals had several stars in the game.  Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson, John Brown, Patrick Peterson, Carson Palmer, Tony Jefferson all played great Sunday afternoon in the Cardinals victory.

It looked like it would be a tight game early on after Chicago tied the Cardinals 14-14 in the second quarter.   The Cardinals made some mental mistakes at the end of the first half that easily could have put the Bears in a tie game at 28 at halftime, however all they could muster was two field goals to make it a 28-20 game.

Then the second half happened without Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who injured his hamstring on a pick six to Cards safety Tony Jefferson late in the second quarter.  Backup Jimmy Clausen could not get anything done.  As for the Cardinals, Carson Palmer looked great all day, save for the tipped interception to the Bears Jared Allen.

Palmer went 17-24 for 185 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.  The running game was healthy again for the Cardinals as well.  They rushed for 117 yards after 120 against the New Orleans Saints last week. Chris Johnson ran 20 times for 72 yards and David Johnson, who had a game-opening 108-yard kickoff return, ran five times for an impressive 42 yards.  The rest was history and the Cardinals take a 2-0 record back home to face the San Francisco 49ers next week.