1. David Johnson, week 5 at San Francisco 49ers
Previously mentioned was Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald saving the day. He did save the passing game in a big way.
The workhorse though this night in San Francisco without Carson Palmer at quarterback, was running back David Johnson. The Cardinals gave him the ball and kept feeding him.
For the night, Johnson carried the ball 27 times for 157-yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 28-yards.
The Cardinals made it clear they were going to use Johnson and often. Despite the 49ers having known that, the Cardinals still were able to expose their run defense. For the night he averaged 5.8-yards-per-carry. Not too shabby.
Johnson was able to put the Cardinals offense on his back and help secure the victory when their leader in Palmer was down and out. There was a lot of fear the Cardinals would lose with backup Drew Stanton in so the game plan in using Johnson as a workhorse paid off.