Arizona Cardinals Season 2015 Game Reviews

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Arizona Cardinals NFL season 2015 recap

The Arizona Cardinals season came to an unceremonious end last Sunday (Jan 24th). The franchise was handed a 49-15 thrashing by the Panthers. Nonetheless, the Arizona Cardinals finished the season with 13-regular season wins (a record in the franchise history) which earned them their 3rd NFC West division title.

All season long, the Cardinals produced some of the most fantastic moves and finishes of the season thoroughly entertaining their fans. The 2015 season marked the franchise’s 117th season since establishment (this makes them one of the most oldest franchises in the NFL), the 28th since they moved to Arizona, the 96th season in the NFL, the 10th playing their home games at the University of Phoenix Stadium and the 3rd season under Bruce Arians as their head coach. The NFC West Division title was their first since 2009. The Arizona Cardinals also earned a 1st round bye for the first time in the franchise’s history.

The defeat in the hands of the Panthers saw the cardinals commit 7 turnovers which tied with the most turnovers in the post season in this Super Bowl era committed by the Los Angeles Rams during their 28-0 defeat by the Cowboys in 1978.

Conference Championships of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers on Sunday, January 24, 6:40 PM, Bank of America Stadium

The Carolina Panthers routed Arizona Cardinals 49-15 to challenge Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Cam Newton of Panthers threw for two touchdowns and managed to run for two others. The Panthers defense stopped Cardinals famous offense. Panthers defense picked off Carson Palmer of Cardinals four times and forced two fumbles by him.

Carolina won 13th straight home game with Newton finishing with 335 yards passing and 47 rushing.

Ted Ginn Jr. of Panthers made a 32 yard punt return and set up a weaving 22 yard TD run and chased Patrick Peterson and prevented a second quarter touchdown.

Scoring started very early in the game. Newton managed to hit four passes for 35 yards on the opening drive and Graham Gano hit from 45 yards for a 3-0 lead over Broncos.

Panthers defense was unbeatable and made Palmer uneasy in the pocket and turned Larry Fitzgerald who was the star of last week’s victory against Green Bay into an unknown. The aggressive Arizona team could not make any significant moves against the Carolina’s impenetrable defense.

Linebacker Kuechy capped the barrage by returning an interception 22 yards for a score. He said, ”There was pressure all day and the guys up front played exceptional”. Panthers made the most points this season by achieving 49, and led the NFL with 500. The last time so much score was made by a tem was in 1990: Buffalo 51, the Raiders 3 in the AFC.

Divisional Playoffs of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals vs Green Bay Packers on Saturday, January 16, 8:15 PM, University of Phoenix Stadium

During the second quarter, it was all about the Packers as they kicked two field goals by Mason Crosby, thus making the score 7-6 going into halftime.

In the third the Packers came out strong as Aaron Rodgers found Jeff Janis for the second touchdown of the game, putting Green Bay up 13-7. It wouldn’t be until near the end of the quarter when Arizona would score a field goal by Chandler Catanzaro. The score was 13-10, very close to be going into the fourth.

The fourth begins with a very even matched game as nobody had scored until the very end. Palmer found Floyd for his second touchdown of the game, making the score 17-13 Cardinals and shortly after that, the Cardinals line up for a field goal attempt and score making it 20-13, seemingly out of hand for the Packers down by a touchdown. Quickly, the Packers march down field and score a touchdown sending the game into overtime.

Within the first minute of overtime, Palmer finds Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone to seal the deal for the Cardinals with a final score of 26-20.

Week 17 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, January 03, 4:25 PM, University of Phoenix Stadium

The Seattle Seahawks did not experience much competition from the Arizona Cardinals as they were able to dispose of them rather easily with a score of 36-6. They were also able to get revenge on them since this was the same team that dethroned them as NFC West champions. The nine game winning streak of the Cardinals ended in emphatic fashion when they were witnesses to Russell Wilson throwing three touchdown passes in the second quarter that blew the game wide open.

It was the most lopsided loss in coach Bruce Arians’ tenure for the Cardinals and it was not exactly the way he wants the regular season for his boys to end since they already clinched the NFC’s no. 2 seed and a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Perhaps, his boys were playing a little light as they were already looking forward to the playoffs. Arians admitted that everyone already pegged them as the favorites to win the Super Bowl this year so they got beat in every phase of the game. Despite the loss, Arizona’s Carson Palmer says they are not panicking in any way and he’s right. The team is looking forward to whoever they play next.

Week 16 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals vs Green Bay Packers on Sunday, December 27, 4:25 PM, University of Phoenix Stadium

With this win, the Cardinals have clinched a first round bye in the playoffs. As of now, they are second to the Panthers (who finally lost their first game of the season). Both teams have both clinched a playoff spot. Green Bay has yet to clinch their division, however, they do have a half game lead over Minnesota; whom they will play in the last game of the season.

Carson Palmer completed eighteen of his 27 pass attempts, throwing for 265 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Aaron Rodgers completed fifteen of his 28 pass attempts, throwing for 151 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also was sacked eight times, and fumbled the ball three times, two of them were recovered by Arizona and returned for touchdowns.

This game was scoreless at the end of the first quarter. All of the scoring in this game took place in the second and third quarters. The Cardinals led by seventeen unanswered points going into halftime and would score 21 in the third. It was in the third quarter that the Packers scored all eight of their points. This was by far the biggest margin that the Packers have lost by this season.

Week 15 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, December 20, 1:00 PM, Lincoln Financial Field

The Cardinals were battering the Eagles 40-17 and winning the AFC West title. David Johnson had a fantastic game as he completed three touchdowns and ran 187. Carson Palmer also had a memorable game as he threw a wonderful touchdown pass that saw the Arizona Cardinals thrash the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The win saw Arizona win their first NFC West title in six years.

The Cardinals will get a first round bye if they manage to beat the Green Bay Packers next week. They can still get the top seed if they claim a victory and Carolina makes a mess of its final two games.The Philadelphia Eagles can still claim victory this season. They will win the NFC East if they can defeat Washington at home this coming Saturday and then the New York Giants away on January 3.

However, it is all too obvious that the Eagles are nowhere near the league of the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona had a field day playing Philadelphia. They were outmatched and outclassed in every possible way while the Cardinals claimed an eighth win in a row.

David Johnson is a novice who stepped in for Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington, who are out injured, and he put in a very inspired performance on Sunday.

Week 14 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals vs Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, December 10, 8:25 PM, University of Phoenix Stadium

The Arizona Cardinals are going to look back at this game and thank one Dwight Feeney who earlier on had no team and it was already a month into the season. When they came calling and he obliged, he proved why he shouldn’t have considered retirement at all. Stripping the ball from the Vikings’ Teddy Bridgewater with five seconds to spare on the clock, Feeney deprived the Vikings a chance at field goal and this proved to be the deciding factor in the Cardinals win of 23 – 20. In a closely contested game that saw a lot of life in it.

Chandler Catanzaro also had a glorious moment when his 47 yard field goal that came with one minute and twenty three seconds to go was the winner for the Cardinals. Vikings, who were playing with a defense that had no regular starters, really gave the Cardinals a great game even though they won. Carson Palmer also had a great game by throwing 310 yards and two touchdowns and if Seattle loses at Baltimore then the NFC West is securely theirs. This was a really great game overall and it proved to show hat a great player Feeney is in the field.

Week 13 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams on Sunday, December 06, 1:00 PM, Edward Jones Dome

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who is said to have the biggest office and personality was very confident they would do well. He always asks his assistants the best running play that will help them win especially in the second half. Harold Godwin, the offensive coordinator suggested a running play named FAY’ as part of their plan. The game that was held at Saint Louis saw the Cardinals win with a whopping 27-3 against the Rams after using this master trick. It was used in two touchdown drives and helped them win the game. It was the first time they used it this year and it worked with perfection they couldn’t imagine.

David Johnson scored on a ten yard reception. Kerwynn Williams also managed to sneak in a score from 35 yards. They did have casualties during the season, Chris Johnson who suffered a broken leg and Andre Ellington but this did not deter their spirit. All in all it was an impressive performance.

Week 12 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, November 29, 4:05 PM, Levis Stadium

The Cardinals have already entered the 12th week of the season with a divisional lead of five games over the 49ers; they fought throughout the 60 minute tough contest where the 49ers tries their level best in pushing the visitors to the extreme limits.

However, it was towards the end when some controversial penalties making way for the 14-play Arizona with the game-winning touchdown. The Cardinals at 49ers games was an interesting one where the 49ers lost to 3-3 at home with a 20-13 loss to the Cardinals on the 29th of November. The comeback chance of San Francisco feel short with Blaine Gabbert hitting Anquan Boldin for 18 yards on 4th and 20 close to midfield.

This loss resulted in the 49ers having their 6 games home winning line up snapped over Arizona. Blaine Gabbert had done the right job of completely avoiding pass rushes and minimizing mistakes in the first two starts.

The 49ers, considered worst team in NFC West could possibly use the big special teams play for toppling the Cardinals which are considered the best team in this division.

Week 11 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals vs Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, November 22, 4:05 PM, University of Phoenix Stadium

The Cincinnati Bengals suffered a 34-31 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, it was the second of the season and second in a row for the Bengals who lost just a week earlier to the Houston Texans. There was a lot of anticipation leading up to the game, in large part due to the history between current Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and the Bengals, a team he played with for eight consecutive seasons. Neither team disappointed as it was a fierce back and forth competition beginning with an early 7-0 lead from Cincinnati in the first quarter. The lead went back in forth until the third quarter when a relentless Cardinals offense was able to score an impressive three consecutive touchdowns, putting them ahead at 28-14.

The Bengals weren’t done however and were able to tie the game up to 31-31 in the fourth with only seconds left on the clock. Seconds were all that was needed however as Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro was able to put the ball through the uprights during the last two seconds of the game. Notably, and much to the chagrin of Bengals fans, Catanzaro was helped by a penalty call for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Bengals giving the Cardinals an additional ten yards. It was an exciting ending to an exciting game.

Week 10 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, November 15, 8:30 PM, CenturyLink Field

The Arizona Cardinals pulled off a win after their halftime lead of 22-7 was soon erased in the fourth quarter on a Bobby Wagner 22 – yard fumble return. Unfazed by the turn of events Carson Palmer continued to impress as he threw for 363 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception and went 29/48 as the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 39-32 to keep their season rolling at 7-2 and a comfortable 3 game lead in the NFC West. They have their eyes on the playoffs and will be a serious contender.

The Seattle Seahawks gave the division leading Cardinals a run for their money. Being down 22-7 at halftime, they came back in the fourth quarter and took the lead 29-25 with not much time run off the clock after a 22 yard fumble recovery for a score by Bobby Wagner.

Carson Palmer has been there and done that. And, like a true pro quarterback he is, he led the Cardinals on a scoring drive of 83 yards and finished it off with an impressive touchdown pass of 14 yards to Jermaine Gresham with almost 9 minutes remaining on the game clock. That was all the scoring that needed to take place in that game to give the Cardinals the big win on their run for the playoffs.

Week 8 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns on Sunday, November 01, 1:00 PM, FirstEnergy Stadium

Arizona cardinals Carson Palmer who is the quarterback did not complete over half of his twenty throws against the Browns. However, after halftime break, he was critical in engineering the 24-point performance that yielded a 34-20 come back for his team. He did complete 12 out of his 18 attempts for three touchdowns and 229 yards against one interception during the second half of the game. The cardinals’’ drive to score begun after the Cleveland 48-yard line right after Patrick returned a 56-yard punt that came from Andy lee 38 yards.

In addition, the cardinals got their lead over the brown to the 31-20 upon the Palmer’s 6-yard touchdown pass towards Fitzgerald with 9:32 to play regulation. Palmer went quickly and found Fitzgerald breaking free on the left sideline. The Browns’ defensive back Bademosi was focused to guard the face rather than looking for the ball, thus this gave Fitzgerald the chance to score. In the bid to keep the scoring drive alive, the cardinals did convert a three third-down attempts which included the third-and-four from the nine-yard line of the browns after Palmer did escape the pocket and also rumbled into the end zone. The cardinals were able to stay calm in the second half and managed to win the game.

Week 7 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals vs Baltimore Ravens on Monday, October 26, 8:30 PM, University of Phoenix Stadium

Despite pulling within eight points late in the fourth quarter when Arizona missed an extra point and had a blocked punt Joe Flacco’s pass was intercepted by Cardinals defensive back Tony Jefferson with only six seconds remaining on the clock resulting in a defeat of 26-18 for the Ravens. The Ravens were really hurt by the nine penalties and two turnovers that contributed to their eight point loss marking their largest defeat in 2015.

The only turnover of their game came at the half, before Jefferson’s interception, and led to a touchdown putting the Cardinals up 14-10, unfortunately Arizona never trailed again. Apparently they were having problems with their communications systems, particularly during the final drive. Coach John Harbaugh said that the phones were going out so Flacco couldn’t hear the offensive coordinator. What ever the cause of the challenges that they faced during the match It looks likely that they are now staring down at a lost season whilst the Cardinals continue to fly higher and higher.

Ironically Baltimore actually won the time-of-possession battle by about a minute and out-gained the Ravens 414 yards to 276. It is hard to imagine the Baltimore Ravens having any chance at the playoffs after this latest defeat at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Week 6 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, October 18, 1:00 PM, Heinz Field

While the Cardinals leave for Detroit on Saturday, they might not be home for pretty a while. They will be inside the hills of West Virginia among Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Lions and Coach Bruce Arians’ go back to Pittsburgh Steelers the subsequent week.

It’s an awful lot simpler to live in time area. Relaxation and recuperation is so much better for the next game.” They’ll live at the luxury Greenbrier hotel in White Sulphur Springs and exercise there on the facilities utilized by the Saints for learning camp.

“If you have the capability which could beer what you want to get completed,” Arians said. “That’s the main factor. It is no longer a distraction. As long as we’re feeling there is no distraction to our work week, then it’s honestly healthy for our guys.”

Coming again Chris Johnson said its miles the initial time in his entire career that he’s stayed on the road among video games. He backed up Arians’ philosophy although. Numerous years ago, he stated, he injured his knee in a sport, and when the group traveled pass United States the subsequent week, there was extra swelling inside the knee.

Week 5 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions on Sunday, October 11, 4:05 PM, Ford Field

Just how important is the crowd size to the team performance? Does it really have any connection whether directly or indirectly? Does cheering a team have any impact on the performance? Well, as you are pondering over those questions, think of what happened to the Detroit Lions in their recent game against Arizona Cardinals at Ford field. Early in the game, the Detroit Lions took the game to Arizona Cardinals but as the game progressed the tables turned and they found themselves wanting in more than one occasion. You may be wondering what caused the tricky and sudden turn of events but that’s why am here.

Their very own fans starting booing them! Weird isn’t it? Well, now there you have it. Although the fans do not get directly involved in the actual action, their cheering or booing in this case had a direct bearing on the eventual results of the game. Thus the cheering boosts morale and creates an atmosphere that makes the opponents to have butterflies in their stomachs. The presence of empty seats spelled trouble for the Detroit Lions with the booing as the match progressed pronouncing the sentence which some can say it was only a matter of time before it happened.

Week 4 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals vs St. Louis Rams on Sunday, October 04, 4:25 PM, University of Phoenix Stadium

Todd Gurley was unarguably the star performer in securing 24-22 road win over the Arizona Cardinals by the St. Louis Rams on 5th October. Never before such an explosive show of defense and offense has been seen on a NFL game! The 227 pound rookie covered up 146 yards on 19 carriers. Now that is very impressive even for the best rookies. Todd showed an impressive intellectual ability by putting up obstacles and blocks as the game progressed. He effortlessly trampled the two large defensive linemen showing an uncanny ability and ferocious will to continue towards his target. The obduracy to not give in to the defensive backs or linebackers puts him apart from other players.

The Rams put on exceptional game at all three levels on Sunday. It was a spectacular game to watch. Todd removed much of the pressure from the quarterback Nick Foles. The victory means much to the Rams following the disparaging remarks of the Cardinals’ head coach last year. They came and they played their best to let Cardinals know who is the boss in the field! The Rams although started from a shaky opening but luckily Cardinals could not use it to their advantage. But even after the defeat, Cardinals remain at the top in NFC West.

Week 3 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, September 27, 4:05 PM, University of Phoenix Stadium

The Arizona Cardinals are starting the season strong by rolling over teams this year. This game was over quick, Arizona scored a quick 14 points. At halftime, the score was 31-7. Arizona quarterback, Carson Palmer, threw for 311 yards, two touchdowns, one interception on 20 completions and 32 attempts.

Palmer has won nine games straight, the longest current streak in the NFL currently, and has won sixteen of his last eighteen games. He was also sacked for the first time this year, intercepted, and fumbled the ball one time. 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, threw 4 interceptions-two were returned for touchdowns- he had 9 completions on 19 attempts for 67 yards. He threw two quick interceptions within four pass attempts.

This after going 142 pass attempts and five starts without throwing one. The Cardinals’ defense, even scored a safety in the third quarter to add to their two touchdowns. Their defense alone scored 14 points, more than the whole 49ers team did. The only bright spot for the 49ers in this game was that former Rugby star, Jarryd Hayne, returned a punt 37 yards to put them at the Arizona 19 right before halftime. A twelve yard run from Kaepernick put all the points on the board that San Francisco would score in this game.

Week 2 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears on Sunday, September 20, 1:00 PM, Soldier Field

The Soldier Field in Chicago was the home of another adrenalin drawing game. This time it was the Arizona Cardinals taking on the Chicago Bears. At the end of the day, the cardinals triumphed over the bears, thrashing them 48-23. With the results, the Cardinals improved their season to (2-0), while the Bears declined (0-2). The Cardinals were on a demolition mission with Carson parker throwing four touchdowns. Although, the Bears suffered an upset with Jay Cutler leaving with a hamstring injury, their performance was still lackluster compared to the display created by the Cardinals. Having only returned a week earlier, Carson showed that he was here to stay and the Cardinals know with him on the line up they can beat anybody.

Fitzgerald also looked to be on his way back to his glory days as he connected with palmer’s three touchdowns and made 112 yards equaling a career high he set seven years ago. The bears had never given up 48 points in a home game and this is disappointing news for new coach John Fox, who up to now remains winless. However, the season is only two games old and there is a lot to learn and adjust in future. Let’s wait and see what this weekend has in store for both teams.

Week 1 of NFL season 2015: Arizona Cardinals vs New Orleans Saints on Sunday, September 13, 4:05 PM, University of Phoenix Stadium

The University of Phoenix Stadium was like an amusement park for the almost 63,000 fans in attendance. This was on the first day of the stadium’s 10th season as an NFL venue. The Arizona Cardinals took the fans to nauseating lows, dizzying heights and at the end did just enough to leave them wanting more. By beating the New Orleans saints 31-19, the Cardinals provided both optimists and cynics with something to argue about how the team performs this season. What really matters is that the cardinals won the first game of the season.

After the match, the Cardigans’ coach said that it is always nice to win and have a number of things to work on. For instance, the team needs to work on how to prevent opposing running backs from gaining 148 yards. They also need to avoid going without scoring in four possessions in the heart of the game. There were positive moments for the Cardigans too. For example, they yielded only only touchdown to the Saints, a team that has always had one of the league’s best offense. No previous Arizona Cardinals team has opened a season so promisingly. All the fans can hope for is the team to continue losing.

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