The Cardinals had just lost to the Seahawks in a nationally televised game, a 34-22 decision that wasn’t really even that close. Afterward, quarterback Carson Palmer was blunt. “We all need to step up our game,” Palmer said. “Everybody needs to step up their game. Mainly me being the quarterback – that’s your job. We have to keep growing.”
The Cards were 3-4 and offensively limping along.
The Cardinals have played seven games since, leading into this week and the rematch with the Seahawks, this time in Seattle. That’s no easy task ever, but Palmer’s plea to have the Cardinals step up their game? Message received. In the seven games since Seahawks:
— The Cards have averaged 369 yards of offense a game and averaged 29.9 points a game.
— The Cards have given up 295 yards on defense a game and allowed 18.6 points a game.
— The Cardinals have gone from 29th to 19th in the NFL offensive rankings.
— The Cardinals have gone from 16th to seventh in the NFL defensive rankings.
— Palmer has a quarterback rating of 106.0, with 13 touchdown passes, four interceptions with 69 percent completions.
— Linebacker John Abraham has 9.5 sacks.
— WR Michael Floyd has 27 catches for 516 yards.
Oh, and the Cardinals have won six of seven to get into the playoff hunt. Now the Seahawks are standing in the way of continuing playoff hopes. Bruce Arians called this a barometer for his team. Measuring yourself against the best usually is.
— Speaking of playoffs, which we have done here a lot lately, the NFL put out the reality on paper Tuesday. If the Cardinals lose in Seattle and the Panthers and 49ers win, the Cards are done. A win in Seattle and the Cards are still breathing slightly based on Carolina and New Orleans at that point.
— A pair of Cardinals are up for weekly awards based on fan votes. Cornerback Antoine Cason is in contention for the GMC Never Say Never award for his overtime interception in Tennessee (vote here) and running back Andre Ellington is up for the Pepsi Next rookie of the week award (vote here).
Tags: Andre Ellington, Antoine Cason, Carson Palmer, John Abraham, Michael Floyd, Seahawks
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