That’s-much-better Bucs aftermath

Posted by Darren Urban on September 18, 2016 – 7:15 pm

Justin Bethel came flying down the field on the Cardinals’ second punt of the game and lit up return man Adam Humphries after a one-yard return, Bethel’s helmet flying off and Bethel emotionally jumping up and celebrating. Last week, Bruce Arians said Bethel had to decide if he wanted to play. This week? “He looked like Justin,” Arians said.

“It felt good to get back to my regular self, especially when it comes to special teams,” Bethel said. “I definitely felt I was myself, playing at the level I should be playing.”

Bethel might’ve been talking about everyone. The Cardinals had an off Week 1. You can talk about being overconfident or overhyped or too anxious or whatever, but the Cards clearly put that game in the rear view Sunday (Jimmy Garoppolo clearly showed this week it wasn’t a fluke of a game either, before he got hurt against the Dolphins.) It’s a week-to-week thing, and the Cards have to go cross country this week to play an early kickoff game in Buffalo. But for now, the ship has been righted. Pretty emphatically.

— Bethel said he predicted he’d have three special teams tackles in the game, and he had three tackles.

— Training camp MVP Jaron Brown was excellent Sunday. He had a huge 27-yard reception on third-and-10 that helped spark a touchdown drive (Michael Floyd’s one-yard TD catch) and, of course, hauled in the 51-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left in the first half. With Floyd’s future in Arizona uncertain because of upcoming free-agent status, Brown (who will be an unrestricted free agent himself) is an intriguing option.

“All his catches seem to be in the biggest time of the game,” fellow wideout Larry Fitzgerald said.

— Bruce Arians wasn’t happy that David Johnson ran the wrong route in the end zone, not only possibly costing the Cardinals a TD pass but nearly costing Carson Palmer an interception when Brent Grimes dropped the ball. Palmer, however, was forgiving of his star back. “He had just run like 90 yards and broke a bunch of tackles,” Palmer said. Close — it was right after Johnson’s awesome 58-yard catch-and-run into the red zone. “I was tired from just jogging down.”

— The Cardinals, after forcing five turnovers Sunday, are now a plus-7 after two games and have yet to turn the ball over. It won’t last — not like that — but it’s impressive.

— Don’t forget coming back out to University of Phoenix Stadium tomorrow for the weekly “Monday Nights at the Big Red Brew Haus” event. This week, running back David Johnson will be in the haus.

— Patrick Peterson’s first interception of the season, on a long bomb try from Jameis Winston to Mike Evans, had to make Fitzgerald proud. Peterson ended up behind Evans and then expertly kept his body up against Evans, cleanly squeezing Evans until the ball got over the 6-foot-5 Evans’ hands and into Peterson’s.

Of course, later Peterson could have had a second pick, but he dropped it. On the drive, the Bucs eventually scored on a TD pass to Evans over Peterson. “Usually when you drop an interception, bad s*** happens,” Arians said.

— Linebacker Chandler Jones got a sack in the waning moments, but he had a very quiet night. The Cardinals will need more QB pressure from him going forward.

— Arians wasn’t thrilled kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed an extra point. I’m not sure of the snap on the play, but a later snap on another Cat Man kick looked a little low. Rookie Kam Canaday is going to be watched carefully after his opening game.

— After two games, no defender is playing better on the Cardinals than safety Tony Jefferson. He too is going to be a free agent after the season. Not sure what will happen with him, but he’s played excellent football.



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20 Responses to “That’s-much-better Bucs aftermath”

  1. By BuckeyeChris on Sep 18, 2016 | Reply

    Seemed like Butler’s best game in a while too

  2. By CARDS62 on Sep 18, 2016 | Reply

    Darren you nailed it on Tony J. He looks like the Honey Badger. Looking good in coverage, pass rush, and tackling. Unfortunately the original badger just does not look right.

    CB from KC made some plays for us.

    Defense won this one for us and Tampa threw the ball 52 times so great practice for our pass defense. Pass rush needs to get better..

    Lets enjoy this one fans and hope offense can keep improving.

    Did like Cat Man kickoffs this game and Butler even had some nice punts early in the game.

    This is the time of year to go to Buffalo so lets go beat up on those guys like we did Tampa Bay.
    This is a great win for us and just what we needed.

    Go Cards!

  3. By georgiebird on Sep 18, 2016 | Reply

    Nice rebound game- I was very surprised with the final score.
    Glad to see Jaron Brown get a TD- he can be a top receiver.
    So now after two games, will the real Cardinals stand up. Hopefully, it’s the Cardinals we just saw.

  4. By Chuck 1 on Sep 18, 2016 | Reply

    The Game Ball should have gone to Jefferson!!!
    Honorable Mention to Cooper for quickly improving the secondary.
    Props to Butler for picking up his game.
    What’s with Arians calling three pass plays from the ONE YARD LINE?????????
    Apparently, he doesn’t have any confidence in his OL or DJ or CJ!!!!!!!!!!

  5. By shooter28 on Sep 18, 2016 | Reply

    At 6″3/210pds (w/ 4.39spd) WR Jaron Brown is a beast, on most other teams he most definitely would a starting #2 WR its just AZ has one of the top 3 best WR Cores in the NFL Jaron has the talent to be a consistent 1,000+YD WR & He excels as an excellent blocking WR as well. Their is NO WAY in Hell Arizona lets him walk this off-season because for one he is just to good not to re-sign & very young still but also without much expierence , he wont cost that much. I don’t Juron Brown will sign a long term deal because he is going to want a 2-3yr deal allowing him to showcase his skills n then revisit his deal soon if he puts up huge numbers. I would bet money AZ signs him to somewhere around a 3 year/9 million dollar deal with a 3 dollar signing bonus making his salary 2M per year.

    AZ has close to 60M IN Cap Space next year so this off-season they wont be letting many guys walk especially their core guys. With Fitzgerald in the last years of his deal they wont be letting Floyd go either. At almost 6″3/220pds with elite 4.41 40 speed for his size, a 43in vertical, Elite athleticism/power with excellent body control & hands they wont be letting Floyd go., I think he is going to sign a deal for 4-5yrs n right around 45 million$$ dollar!!!!!

    SS Tony Jefferson is flatout balling playing at a borderline elite level , he came into camp with just like 9% body far in the best shape of his career, that man is a beast… Jefferson is another who wont cost an arm n a leg AZ most definitely brings back , he is a core player. I could see AZ signing him to a deal worth 4-5M per year & Elite OLB/DE is most definitely going to be resigned no way they let him go at worst they would franchise tag him. Jones is the only one who is going to cost elite caliber money or close to it , likely between 11-12 Million per year. In 2 games Jones has 2 sacks. Markus Golden has 2 sacks as well. 6″3 OLB/DE Markus Golden has been extremely impressive the 1st two games getting consistent pressure n playing 200MPH FULL GO Every Play Non Stop, he has All-Pro/Pro-Bowl caliber talent as a #2 OLB Pass Rusher that was a home run draft pick.

  6. By Dr. G. on Sep 18, 2016 | Reply

    Well,, barring injury, the Cards may just have found our new CB. Cooper’s effort and stats in this game are worth mega-praise and a starting position. You can’t be lucky and look this good…he’s a proven commodity now.

    And as most of you know, I’m not big on players who brag incessantly… Marcus demonstrates class that real pros have…. I will not explore the points in the Blog, but Arians’ bad **** happens from a dumb ass mistake was very accurate…

    Really strange, all our Division is in 1st place..! Moving on now knowing what the team can do… We’re in the kickin’ butt business….Go Cards…!*!

  7. By Big Ken on Sep 18, 2016 | Reply

    Big Red Machine!!!! Crank it up…

  8. By Canadian Redbird on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    Re: Buteler

    If the 39.5 average is considered one of Butlers best games, then we are either in trouble or are quite satisfied with mediocrity. Bottom line, is that we need an upgrade at that position.

  9. By dan on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    Calais actually had a decent game.

  10. By Marlin on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    Great game! Should have beaten NE by 20 last week. Marcus Cooper? Has Keim done it again?

  11. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    OK, I’d rather be 2-0, but for what it’s worth, did anyone else notice that despite being 1-1, the Cards are now leading the NFL in net point differential?

  12. By Marcelof on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    At some points I’ve had this terrifying vision of week 1’s game when Cards were allowing too many yards against the run or enough to get them first downs and good positions.

    Did I miss Pass rush or it was a bit of weak?
    CJones had a sack when the game was all said and done and Bucs were taking all the risks to do something by that time.

    As I already said once, I ain’t got the same knowledge you guys do, but here’s my takeways from the game:

    – Solid pass protection, give Palmer that much-needed time and he’ll show you big plays;

    – Either their front 7 was doing an outstanding job or DJ was not very effective running through the middle, CJ did a better, imo. However DJ is a beast, a treat to terrify any DC in this league;

    – Some missed tackles early in the game gave Bucs a chance to move;

    – We cannot be fooled by the couple of INT made by Cooper, but I think he played consistently well;

    – Special Teams (punt): gives me chills down the spine every time Butler kicks that ball, horrible;

    – Pass Rush…. hm…

    – Receivers did a way better job than last what they showed last week, loved it.

    Nothing Cards may have done is worse than Stafford’s slide. Whats was that?

  13. By TheXgasm on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    Maybe this is what all those Pats fans talked about when they said Chandler Jones had a tendency to disappear some games. He was a non-factor and it really shows on third downs when they’re dropping 7 and expecting him to make a difference on the pass rush.

  14. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    This was a strange game. After the 0-0 first quarter and the way TB moved the ball on their first possession only to give it back to us going for the long pass to the end zone, I was buckling in for a tight game. But then they turned it over a couple more times, and we got the comfortable 17-0 lead halftime lead. Oh, but wait, make that 24-0 because TB fell asleep.

    That’s where you love the big-play Arians style. I think most coaches would’ve at least tried to get in position for a FG after taking the ball on the 26 with 1:05 and two timeouts. But then we had a holding on the first play, so now it’s 1st and 20 from the 16, less than a minute to go, and you’ve got a 17-0 lead. Thought it was great that we weren’t afraid to keep going for it.

    Like every other fan here, I’m pleased with a blowout win, but we need to be careful not to get too cocky when we’re the beneficiaries of a 5-0 turnover margin. 7-0 for the year in turnovers. If you told me we were going to be 7-0 in turnovers after two games I would have bet my house that we’d be 2-0, and yet even being +2 vs. NE, we still lost. Point being, that kind of luck isn’t going to continue. The question is whether we can win when we don’t force any turnovers on defense, and Palmer has a pick and one of our punt returners muffs a punt on our own 15. That will happen at some point, against a mediocre team like the Rams or Niners, and we still need to win the game.

    One other comment about the game: I think I saw one of the worst-ever officiating calls of my lifetime. Not from the point of view of its impact on the game, which was zero, but just in terms of the ineptitude of the officials. Arians challenged a play where a punt returner stepped out of bounds. I was at the game and they were showing the looks on the big screen and the guy steps out one yard past one of the 5-yard dividers. There was no question he went out of bounds; it just wasn’t immediately clear whether it was the 41, or 46, but I figured, well, they’ve got all the other angles so they’ll be able to piece it together. And then they said the call stands — which had the ball on the TB side of the 49, which was impossible based on where the guy stepped out.

    It’s one thing when the refs have to make a call like “was that a catch or not” which involves judgment. It’s another thing where you have a play where the physical evidence is right there in front of you — like when Fitz was short of the goal line, so they had to reverse his TD. That was obvious. And it was obvious the TB punt returner was out of bounds at a different spot than where they ultimately spotted him, so that play HAD to be overturned. And then it wasn’t.

    When I went home to watch the replay on TV, they didn’t spend a lot of time analyzing it because they went to an intervening commercial. You did get to see Arians mouthing to the officials though, basically to the effect of “How the bleep can you miss that call?” And he had every right to be ticked. Seemed like a weird play to challenge since it was only a few yards at stake, but I assumed he threw the flag because he was told there’s no way he could lose so he’s still have two challenges left. And then the refs ruled against him anyway, inexplicably.

  15. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    If Fitz would step down after this season, hopefully we can keep Floyd and Ja Brown – not that I’m hoping hoping Fitz will retire after this season. I’d hate to see Floyd go. I think he would have much bigger numbers if the Cards weren’t so loaded at the position. He’s the big physical wideout we’ll need when Fitz steps aside. Our other WRs are excellent, but I think all of them are under six feet tall.

  16. By Tradersbrain on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    It was great to see the Cards play up to their potential against an up and coming Bucs team. All three phases were impressive. Can’t wait to see how they play on the road in Buffalo. I don’t understand how Palmer doesn’t get more national media attention. Another game with QBR +100. The guy just produces.

  17. By kauaicardsfan on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    So nice to see Cards playing like they should! What a great pick up with Marcus Cooper!!! Kiem has done it again!

    Now we need to fix our kicking game, punts were a little better but missing extra points is not acceptable, Even the commentators were talking about a low snaps and the problems we have right now on the kicking game.

    Hopefully they can clean it up soon cause we will need every point on those close ones, we already blew 1 game like that, lets hope thats the last!


  18. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply


    You’re a little light on your figures.


    Rumors are, he wants to get Dez Bryant money and in the open market, he will get more than your 45 Million. So, I can’t see him signing anything with cards till he sees what the market will bare.

    BTW, Dez got 5 years 70 million , 45 million guaranteed. If Floyd is a #1 receiver with size and speed and big time potential, why won’t he get paid on the open market?

    Heck Marvin Jones got 5 years, 40 million and 20 million guaranteed and Floyd will be a much bigger fish than Jones.


    How good do you think Jefferson is? This is a huge year for him. Not to mention, he is young and just reaching his prime, can play both the run and pass. Can he reach top 25 status?
    Look at these names and ask yourself, is he better or worse than these guys? Lowest gets 5 million to Honey Badger getting 12.5 million a year. This is a big year for Tony to see how much he gets paid. If he puts up 16 games like the first 2, I’d put him right in the middle of this group getting 7-8 million a year. He has 21 tackles right now after putting up 78 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 pass defensed and 2 picks last year. Impressive.

    Tyrann Mathieu Eric Berry Harrison Smith Earl Thomas
    Devin McCourty Mark Barron Jairus Byrd Malcolm Jenkins
    Tashaun Gipson Reshad Jones Kam Chancellor Rodney McLeod
    Aaron Williams Eric Weddle Morgan Burnett George Iloka
    Da’Norris Searcy T.J. Ward Marcus Gilchrist Antoine Bethea
    Mike Mitchell Ron Parker

    As for Chandler Jones, what is the open market paying?

    Clay Mathews signed last year for 13.2 million a year and Justin Houston signed for 16.8 million a year, while Miller signed for 19 million a year.

    While Chandler is no Von Miller, That doesn’t matter. He will be a free agent who can rush the passer. Everyone wants and needs him.
    So, the franchise tag will be around 14 million. A contract most likely, could be more.

  19. By Richard S on Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

    Who’d a thunk this late in the season the Cards would be tied for first place with the other 3 competitors. After reading Shooter 28 comments I had to go check the roster stats. I had no idea Jaron Brown was pretty much as tall as Michael Floyd. On TV he looks shorter. I guess between those two you can pick your poison. For the 2nd time in the last couple of months (both times reading cartoons) I got one of those phishing messages where my screen freezes up and the message pretends to be a tech outfit saying I need to call them and follow their instructions. Thank the Good Lord for Control Alt Delete. Of course if you have apple you don’t have that option.

  20. By Eazy E on Sep 22, 2016 | Reply

    Very nice bounce back game for sure! I thought for sure the Bucs were going to be a good test for us and they were for like a quarter or so.


    Carson had a game, going 17-30, 304 yards, and 3 TDs!


    CJ2K was actually the lead rusher with 54 yards on 16 carries and a tough TD run getting blasted by Kwon Alexander, helmet flying off and all, and still scoring! David had 12 carries for 45 yards which is sub-par for him, but did some serious damage receiving the ball 3 times for 98 yards and a huge 58 yarder!


    Larry continues to look like one of the greatest WRs ever easily with 5 catches for 77 yards and a TD. Michael Floyd caught 2 passes for 8 yards and a 1 yard TD that they were trying to get to Fitz! Jaron only had 2 catches, but boy were they huge, one on a 3rd and 10 of 27 yards and another right before the half with a go route or 9 route all verticals, great job! Darren Fells caught 4 passes for 31 yards himself.


    I thought O-Line played very well save for D.J. or Earl Watford getting beat by Noah Spence on a nice sack. We did alright moving Tampa’s front. They’re pretty good up front though.


    I thought the D-Line played extremely well against the run although star back Doug Martin got hurt early. They only allowed 85 yards total rushing. Pass Rush wise, I like where we are. Chandler tallied another sack, but only 1 tackle. Markus continues to play very well with a couple tackles and a sack. Calais seems to be a off though. He has been a non-factor in both games by his gaudy expectations! Frostee not playing sucked, but again I thought our backups filled in well.


    DBs had a game! Y’all already know, or if y’all didn’t know, I been loving Jameis since he was a Freshman at Florida State, and even said when he came out that we should say ”forget it” and trade our whole draft for him because I believe he will be that great in the league and boy is he off to an awesome start! Patrick and Evans battled all game long with him ending up with 6 catches for 70 yards and a TD against Patrick on a beautiful back shoulder fade that is unguardable when a perfect throw is made, but Patrick I believe if I had to pick a winner won because not all 6 we’re against Pat and he ran Mike’s route for him on the deep ball that he picked off great game! Marcus had a stupendous game with 7 tackles, 2 INTs, and a pick-six! Now he did shut down the great Vincent Jackson who had a paltry 4 catches for 44 yards himself! Tony Jefferson and Tyvon Branch had great games too and combined for 21 tackles!!! D.J Swearinger had the other pick on a Hail Mary to end the game!


    Cat Man be tripping with the extra points with him missing 5 last year and already 1 this year. He did make both field goals though. Drew Butler did do better, but he needs to improve still. Return game wasn’t needed too much as we only had 1 punt returned by John Brown for 7 yards and no kickoff returns.

    Great game from them as I mentioned to open up and bring on Buffalo! Great Turnover Differential at a whopping +7!!!!!!!

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