“Phenomenal, lights out and not surprising whatsoever,” Palmer exclaimed to azcardinals.com.
The Cardinals quarterback saw what everyone else saw at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale – a dominating, swarming defensive performance that ranked with one of their best in recent memory.
Arizona sacked Cam Newton seven times, their highest output since 1987 against Dallas when the team was still in St. Louis. Not only that but they forced four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble) and a safety when Calais Campbell sacked Newton in the end zone.
“That’s how we’re built and that’s the way we want to be,” head coach Bruce Arians said.
What really stood out was how well linebacker Daryl Washington performed in his first game of the season. Washington was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Washington posted a team-high nine tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and an interception. He looked in mid-season form from 2012 when he led the Red Birds in sacks and tackles.
“I didn’t anticipate a game like this," Washington said.
The Cardinals are very glad they got it though. They're 3-2 now as they head into a big NFC West clash against San Francisco on Sunday.
Arizona's defense has allowed just 16 points in its last two games. No doubt the 49ers are aware of that as they prepare to welcome the Red Birds to Candlestick Park.
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