Cardinals outlast a Buccaneers comeback in Arizona with serious offense

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The Cardinals (2-3) went out and acquired Peterson on Tuesday after a trade with the New Orleans Saints.

Awesome what a difference one man can make to an National Football League team, especially if that man is Adrian Peterson.

"I can't help but think what B.A. will come up with when we get T.J. Logan back and Dave back", Palmer said. "It's unfortunate, but at the end of the day, I know there are going to be a lot of opportunities". He was the heart of their offense and Carson Palmer looked like he was an issue. It wasn't flawless, but the return of left tackle D.J. Humphries and left guard Alex Boone, along with Earl Watford taking over at right guard clearly made a difference.

Peterson has four carries for 54 yards and a touchdown already, as the Cardinals are out to a quick 7-0 lead on the Buccaneers. "We shouldn't be biting our nails off to get that onside kick".

With Peterson helping to establish a running game and making opposing defenses have to actually start respecting the Cardinals' play-action pass, it figures to do wonders for Palmer, the 37-year-old quarterback who entered the game having been sacked more times than any other quarterback in the league.

"I'm OK, just a little stiff right now", he said. Of course, the Cardinals are without the versatile but injured David Johnson.

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Peterson said he aggravated an injury he suffered last week. "Me telling him to throw that damn pick, me telling him to throw that slant to Larry, but Larry's got to hold on to that one".

First play of the game = @AdrianPeterson's first carry as a member of your #AZCardinals.

But he popped a 27-yard scoring run on his first possession with his new team.

The third touchdown drive was kept alive by an offside penalty against the Buccaneers on third down, Palmer throwing 11 yards to Fitzgerald for a touchdown to put Arizona up 21-0. The home team led 24-0 at halftime and seemed to be rolling.

"I obviously did a frightful job of getting these guys ready to play", Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said, "because that was the worst first half of football I've ever seen". Before the injury, Winston completed five of 10 passes for 61 yards.

Head coach Dirk Koetter said that X-rays were negative and that Winston would undergo an MRI on Monday. Because of how Peterson ran the ball early, the Cardinals finally were able to use it. If P2 is down, the Cards will feel it, although Peterson insisted he will be ready to play against the Rams next week That was a big part of the fourth-quarter problems Sunday. Defensive lineman Xavier Williams left with a knee injury in the third quarter.

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