On Sunday the Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-14 to improve to 3-0. The 49ers had the Cardinals on the ropes early and led 14-6 at halftime. The third quarter was good to the Cardinals and so was quarterback Drew Stanton. In his second consecutive start for starter Carson Palmer he was outstanding and led the Cardinals to victory. Stanton was 18-33 for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns. Andre Ellington added 62 yards on the ground with 18 carries. Michael Floyd led the receivers with 114 yards while John Brown caught both touchdown passes.
There were a lot of great things to come out of this game. The Cardinals seemed to have gotten over their recent 49er woes. The offense continues to be consistent and proved they can score with anybody in the league. Another take away from this game is Kicker Chandler Catanzaro. He is a perfect 9-9 on field goals, including a 51 yarder. Another great thing to take away from this victory is Larry Fitzgerald. Despite being seldomly used he proved to Cardinal Nation how important he really is. On second and very long he caught back to back passes that gave the Cardinals a first down and put them in position to score. The bad part is he fumbled on the next play and that’s all anybody will be talking about today.
The best thing to take away from this game is that now the Arizona Cardinals are undefeated through 3 games. They join the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles as the only unbeaten teams in the NFL. The Cardinals now have a bye week and are looking at 4 out of the next 5 games being very winnable. The only tough game is the Denver Broncos, but with the way the offense is rolling is winnable. I would love to see how much respect the Cardinals get nationally if at week 9 they are 8-0 atop the entire NFC and maybe even the NFL.