The Arizona Cardinals have won four straight games. Last year, the same feat happened in the first quarter of the season and the team appeared to deteriorate as time went on. This year they couldn’t pick a better time to demonstrate peak performance on the field. Defense has been a topic to rave about all season, but it is the offense that has people taking notice over the past two weeks. As head coach Bruce Arians said, “I thought Carson (Palmer) was lights out. He has been for a month now…You can obviously see the chemistry now.” Palmer lit up the Indianapolis Colts defense in his second straight game without an interception after throwing 15 in the past 10 games.
Arizona left tackle Bradley Sowell talked about his new team making a statement with their 40-11 win over his former team, “We got out there and we executed exactly how we wanted to execute. I’ve probably never been part of a game like that, where everything was going our way.” He is right. The Cardinals offense has been better at balancing the pass and rush game, running back Rashard Mendenhall looked healthy and quicker than he has all season, and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in the NFL to pass 11,000 yards receiving. Carson Palmer locked on to 10 different receiving targets, Karlos Dansby earned a defensive touchdown after an interception that he took for 22 yards, and the team had 27 first downs (the most they’ve earned all season in a single game).
The Cardinals head to Lincoln Financial Field in Week 13 to face the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are coming off a bye week preceded by a three game winning streak with former University of Arizona quarterback Nick Foles at the helm. Arizona is the only team in front of them for a Wild Card spot at this point, barring a win by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night. The Cardinals also had an embarrassing victory over the Eagles in Glendale last year, 27-6, and have won the last two match ups. You can bet that Philadelphia (6-4) will put up a good fight against Arizona (7-4) next week.