They only put up 21 points on the day, but the Arizona Cardinals‘ offense is still showing signs of improvement. Michael Floyd continued his recent emergence as he caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Floyd showed his speed throughout the game and was impressive in running after the catch, giving the Cardinals a two-head monster in the passing game with Larry Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald was just as impressive on the day as he also caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown of his own. Although he finished with two interceptions, Carson Palmer has continued to be the reason why Floyd and Fitzgerald have shone in recent weeks. Palmer is likely just a one-year answer for the Cardinals, but they already have the pieces in the receiving game for his successor to find results immediately.
The Cardinals were without rookie running back Andre Ellington because of a knee injury, but Rashard Mendenhall filled in nicely, running the ball 18 times for 76 yards. Although Bruce Arians has been adamant in getting Mendenhall carries even when Ellington is healthy, the veteran running back is likely in his last season as the team’s feature back. Ellington has looked very impressive in his limited role this season, so expect to see him get the majority of carries when he returns to the field.
The Cardinals did take their fifth loss of the season, which is costly given how close the NFC playoff race is shaping up to be. While the Cardinals’ offense showed against the Philadelphia Eagles that they have the potential to explode when healthy, but the likelihood of them making the playoffs with a 7-5 record through 13 weeks isn’t very high.
The Cardinals have the dominant defense needed to be a force in the NFL and their offense continues to show more promise each week, indicating brighter days are ahead for this Arizona squad.