Arizona Cardinals 2y2qe6iei9ffjbymrpel3b2mj

RECORD: 1-1

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GAME INFORMATION

LOCATION: University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, AZ

BETTING LINE: AZ (-7.5)

OVER/UNDER: 50

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1700_tampa_bay_buccaneers-helmet-2014

RECORD: 1-1

NEXT OPPONENT: Los Angeles Rams

FINAL LINE SCORE

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
Arizona Cardinals 0 24 9 7 40
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 0 7 7 7

Arizona Cardinals Stats

TOP PASSER: Carson Palmer: 18-31, 308 yards, 3 TDs

TOP RUSHER: Chris Johnson: 16 carries, 54 yards, 1 TD

TOP RECEIVER: David Johnson: 3 catches, 98 yards

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Marcus Cooper: 7 total tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 TD

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Marcus Cooper: 7 total tackles, 2 INTs 1 TDs

Marcus Cooper showed his worth to the Cardinals after they traded a conditional 7th round draft pick for him, pick off Jameis Winston twice; taking one back to the house 60 yards for a touchdown.  Cooper was dominant in an already great performance by the Cardinals secondary.  He was also top three in tackles for the day.  Based on this performance he looks promising in this Arizona defense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stats

TOP PASSER: Jameis Winston: 27-52, 243 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs

TOP RUSHER: Jacquizz Rodgers: 2 carries, 29 yards

TOP RECEIVER: Mike Evans: 6 receptions, 70 yards, 1 TD

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Brent Grimes: 7 tackles

Arizona Cardinals Position Group Ratings

OFFENSIVE LINE: 7/10

The offensive line performed quite well in Sunday’s game against the Bucs only allowing one sack all day.  The only downfall is that the run game was not consistent.

TIGHT ENDS: 5/10

Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham were almost non factors in the passing game, with Fells tallying 4 catches for 31 yards.  They were also pretty poor in run blocking as the running backs only amassed 101 yards.

RUNNING BACKS: 6/10

The running game was very mediocre, except for a long runs.  Between David Johnson, Chris Johnson, and Andre Ellington the Cardinals running backs reached just over 100 rushing yards.  The bright spot is that David Johnson led the team in receiving yards with 89.

QUARTERBACKS: 9/10

Carson Palmer had himself a day, throwing for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He looked like the same Carson Palmer we saw last season.  The only flaw was that his completion percentage was on 58%.

WIDE RECEIVERS: 8/10

Larry Fitzgerald made some very impressive catches against an improved Buccaneers defense, including one for a touchdown.  Jaron Brown flashed some brilliance catching 2 passes for 78 yards and scoring once.  The only disappointing statistic from the game was John Brown’s 1 catch for 14 yards, he only has 2 catches on the year for 22 yards.  Also, it is never good when your running back is your leading receiver.

DEFENSIVE LINE: 9/10

The defensive line pressured the quarterback very well in this game, leading to 3 sacks for a loss of 22 yards.  They held Tampa Bay to 76 rushing yards between three running backs.

LINEBACKERS: 8/10

Arizona’s entire front seven was great in Sunday’s game but the linebackers consistent in both the pass and run coverage.  They did not put a ton of pressure on Winston allowing him to complete some passes for decent yardage.

SECONDARY: 10/10

The secondary looked dynamite against the Buccaneers only allowing 1 touchdown pass to Mike Evans in the 3rd quarter.  They were able to contain one of the tallest receiving corps in the NFL, while picking off Jameis Winston 4 times including one for a touchdown.  Tyvon Branch and Tony Jefferson combined for over 20 total tackles vs the Buccaneers.

SPECIAL TEAMS: 7/10

Chandler Catanzaro made both of his field goals, but he missed an extra point.  Drew Butler had a sub par day averaging 39.3 yards per punt.  Both kick and punt returns were minimal as well.

COACHING: 9/10

Bruce Arians led a talented Cardinals team to a convincing win after a shaky season opener.  James Bettcher did a great job of containing Jameis Winston and the Bucs running game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Position Group Ratings

OFFENSIVE LINE: 4/10

The offensive line was piss poor in both the running game only amassing 76 yards.  They also allowed the Cardinals defense to pressure Jameis Winston, including sacking him 3 times.

TIGHT ENDS: 3/10

The Bucs tight ends were non existent in this game combining for a measly 30 yards.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been especially disappointing, given that he was a 2nd round draft pick in 2014.

RUNNING BACKS: 2/10

There were many flaws with Tampa’s running game on Sunday.  Doug Martin was injured during the game after only gaining 23 yards on 7 carries, he looks to be out for a while.  Once Martin went down Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers struggled to find any sort of consistent yardage.

QUARTERBACKS: 2/10

Jameis Winston had arguably the worst game of his career, throwing 4 interceptions and only one touchdown.  The only reasons why he did not get a 0/10 from me, is because he threw for over 240 yards and had a touchdown pass.  Besides that this game was pretty painful to watch if you were a Buccaneers fan.  I do not think you will see him as NFC Player of the Week for week 2.

WIDE RECEIVERS: 4/10

Mike Evans was the only impressive player out of the Bucs receiving corps on Sunday, he caught 6 passes for 70 yards and 1 touchdown.  Besides that there isn’t much to talk about, just an overall poor performance.

DEFENSIVE LINE: 7/10

The defensive line was the most impressive position group for the Buccaneers, limiting David Johnson and Chris Johnson to just under 100 rushing yards.  Not many teams can say that, their only downfall is that they were not able to pressure Carson Palmer.

LINEBACKERS: 5/10 

The majority of the linebacking corp was sub par, Kwon Alexander is the only exception.  Alexander had the best performance totaling 7 tackles.

SECONDARY: 6/10

The secondary was not as bad as you may think, Chris Conte and Brent Grimes led the defense with seven tackles each.  Vernon Hargreaves and Bradley McDougald had 5 and 4 tackles respectively.  Despite that stat, they were torched by the likes of Jaron Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, and David Johnson.

SPECIAL TEAMS: 8/10

Bryan Anger had a solid game with 6 punts averaging 42.5 yards.  The special teams unit held the Cardinals to one punt return for seven yards.  And then of course Roberto Aguayo continues to struggle missing his only field goal attempt from 45 yards out.

COACHING: 6/10

Todd Monken and Dirk Koetter were stumped by Arizona’s defense on Sunday.  And Mike Smith’s defense got beat up by a strong Carson Palmer led offense.

GAME ANALYSIS

This game quickly went from being competitive to being a blowout.  The Arizona Cardinals seeked revenge after a tough loss at home to the Patriots, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were coming off a convincing 31-24 win over the Falcons.  Jameis Winston quickly showed that his sophomore season may not as great as many thought.  He threw an interception to Patrick Peterson on the first offensive drive of the game.  The Cardinals could not capitalize on that opportunity to score.  The two teams went back and forth, but could not generate anything until early in the 2nd quarter when Carson Palmer found Larry Fitzgerald for an eleven yard touchdown.  The ensuing Buccaneers drive Jameis Winston threw another pick to newly acquired cornerback Marcus Cooper.  Cooper, who was traded to the Cardinals for a 7th round pick, had a breakout game for the Cardinals with seven total tackles, three pass deflections, two interceptions and one touchdown.  On the offensive side of the ball Larry Fitzgerald is looking the same as last season, with three touchdowns in two games played.  Jaron Brown is another receiver who looked promising, catching two passes for 78 yards and one touchdown.  The Buccaneers will look to bounce back from this painful loss next week against the Los Angeles Rams.  The Cardinals dominated this game and will attempt to continue that against the Buffalo Bills.

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