The Arizona Cardinals were able to put a win on the scoreboard Thursday night for first time in three weeks
It wasn’t pretty, especially in the first half, however the Arizona Cardinals were able to put away a much less effective San Francisco 49ers team 33-21 on Thursday night. The Cardinals are now 2-3 on the season.
The first half was mostly punts until the late part of the first half when both teams were able to put points on the scoreboard. The 49ers got on the board first thanks to a touchdown pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert to receiver Jeremy Kerley.
The Cardinals didn’t take long to even the score though. A tipped pass lead to a Calais Campbell interception. One play later quarterback Drew Stanton threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Stanton, who went 11-27 for 124 yards and two touchdowns, didn’t always throw a great pass but he threw a few. Most importantly, he did not throw a single interception.
The Cardinals were without quarterback Carson Palmer, who stayed home in the Valley. The game plan of putting the ball though in running back David Johnson’s hands worked. He carried the ball 27 times for 157 yards. It is the most rushing yards by any back in the NFL so far this season.
Also having another fine game was Fitz. He caught six of Stanton’s 11 completions for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense missed some tackles early and did allow the 49ers to run the ball on them a bit. It is something to work on as the Cardinals get 10 days off until they face the New York Jets on Monday Night Football on October 17th.
Despite the work that needs to be done on the rushing defense, the Cardinals did get three turnovers and seven sacks, including two by Campbell. Campbell topped his night off with a late safety of Gabbert. A win is a win in the NFL. They don’t ask you how you got em’, only if you got em’.