**Once again, the Red Birds' defense was excellent. In two games, they've allowed just seven points. The Cardinals forced six turnovers, including two interceptions by safety Tony Jefferson. Linebacker Jasper Brinkley had two fumble recoveries and rookie Tyrann Mathieu paced the Cardinals with seven tackles. The "Honey Badger" started the game at free safety in place of the injured Rashad Johnson but had some coverage issues.
**After a poor effort last week, Arizona's Jay Feely was much better yesterday. The veteran place kicker connected on four of five field goal attempts, including a 53-yarder.
**Arizona's offense struggled. quarterback Carson Palmer was just 7 of 15 for 66 yards and the Cardinals scored just nine first half points despite five Cowboys turnovers. Rashard Mendenhall led the Cardinals rushing attack with 32 yards on seven carries.
''It's not anything we were physically beat on or beat with speed,'' Palmer explained to yahoosports.com, ''it was silly, sloppy things. I put that on my shoulders and it's unacceptable to have nine points off the opportunities that we had.''
**Cornerback Patrick Peterson made his first appearance on the offensive side of the ball and caught a six-yard lateral pass from Palmer. Kerry Taylor led the Cardinals with four receptions for 85 yards.
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