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Cardinals roll to 40-11 win vs. Colts

Karlos Dansby, John Abraham AP

The surging Cardinals continued their run into wild-card contention in the NFC, defeating Indianapolis 40-11 on Sunday in Glendale, Arizona.

The victory was the Cardinals’ fourth straight and moved them to 7-4 on the season. At present, they are a half-game up on idle San Francisco (6-4) for the final wild-card spot in the NFC. If the 49ers defeat Washington on Monday night, San Francisco will retake the No. 6 seed on account of having beaten Arizona earlier in the season.

The Cardinals and 49ers play in the season finale for both clubs in Glendale on Dec. 29.

The Cardinals started fast and never looked back against Indianapolis (7-4). Arizona scored on its first drive, with quarterback Carson Palmer connecting with Larry Fitzgerald on a four-yard TD first-quarter TD pass.

The Cardinals broke the game open with a 20-point second quarter to take a 27-3 halftime lead. The big plays were another Palmer-to-Fitzgerald TD, this one 27 yards; and a 22-yard interception return by linebacker Karlos Dansby.

Fitzgerald, who racked up 52 yards on five catches, became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards receiving. And Palmer was on-point once again for Arizona, completing 26-of-37 passes for 314 yards and a pair of scores.

By contrast, the Colts’ offense sputtered. Quarterback Andrew Luck was held to 163 yards passing on 20-of-39 attempts. Colts tailbacks Donald Brown and Trent Richardson combined for 17 yards on nine carries. Overall, Arizona outgained Indianapolis 410-239.

With the loss and Tennessee’s final-minute win at Oakland, the Colts’ lead in the AFC South is down to two games. The Colts can take a huge step toward the division title with a win vs. Tennessee next week. However, a loss would allow the Titans to draw within one game.

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42 Responses to “Cardinals roll to 40-11 win vs. Colts”
  1. thekiller678 says: Nov 24, 2013 7:55 PM

    I don’t think a team can be as under the radar as the Cardinals right now.

  2. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 24, 2013 7:59 PM

    This team is soooo gonna catch frisco.

  3. taintedlombardis says: Nov 24, 2013 7:59 PM

    Andrew Uck looked horrible.

  4. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 24, 2013 8:00 PM

    I’m glade to see Carson Palmer doing better he has an excellent coach props Carson

  5. osiris33 says: Nov 24, 2013 8:00 PM

    Um yeah Tony Dungy, I thought the Colts, not the Seahawks, were the best team in the NFL. Isn’t that what you said last week?

  6. giantlucksacks says: Nov 24, 2013 8:01 PM

    #chuckstrong = not actually preparing or coaching for the other team, just show up and let Luck throw it 50 times.

    Where the Luck/Colts fans at with all the RG3 comments? Luck still the most overrated young QB by FAR.

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 24, 2013 8:04 PM

    Palmer is dangerous when he has receivers and a defense.

    Too bad… Arizona can’t run the ball (25th in NFL).

  8. slbasegame257 says: Nov 24, 2013 8:04 PM

    I think we can finally put to bed the debate over Wilson vs. Luck as the better QB. Russell Wilson (passer rating 105) is clearly head and shoulders above Andrew Luck (passer rating 84). And don’t tell me team around Luck is an excuse. A 21 point differential between the two is more than just the team around them.

  9. jeffy1951 says: Nov 24, 2013 8:12 PM

    I can’t understand why BA didn’t use Stanton and some of the seldom used “benchies” late in the 4th. . . . . maybe he just wanted Carson and Crew to get groove on.

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 24, 2013 8:12 PM

    Russell Wilson has better receiving corps AND Marshawn Lynch.

    Andy has Hilton/Fleener and a bunch of jokers trying to run the ball.

  11. sidepull says: Nov 24, 2013 8:19 PM

    Luck sucked.

  12. taintedlombardis says: Nov 24, 2013 8:25 PM

    Luck has done way too many commercials. And a sitcom appearance. Twice. Looks bad.

  13. taintedlombardis says: Nov 24, 2013 8:27 PM

    Is Luck busting out? I mean, Jason Campbell was never this bad.

  14. allidoiswin55 says: Nov 24, 2013 8:28 PM

    The Seahawks were missing 4 starting offensive lineman the gain that they barely lost in the last few minutes against Indy in Indy. I smell overrated the Seahawks dominated the colts except for some special teams blunders and one drive in the fourth qtr .

    Luck is not overrated just recieves too much attention. He’s one of the guranteed next crop of stars and everyone knows it. Wilson has done more with absolutely no protection, now that his starters are back on the line and Percy has arrived it’s no wonder their the top dog or two of the entire league . They are 10-1 and have faced major adversity without folding that’s why they are the best NFC team.

    However the cards are no laughing matter they play stout defense and have the ability to make some offensive plays I think their a year or two away from being truly competitive league wise , but they do have one hell of a home field advantage ..

    Good game cards good to see the nfcw rise up later in the year when good teams win.

    Go hawks

  15. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 24, 2013 8:28 PM

    I don’t know how good Luck was today… but… both Seattle and Indy drafted great quarterbacks.

    I don’t know why anyone would attack Luck with Wayne out and no rushing attack.

    Well… these are the same people who cheer for a guy who talks smack to the players on a 2-8 team.

  16. jimeejohnson says: Nov 24, 2013 8:31 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald is the man!

  17. FlyFromTheInside says: Nov 24, 2013 8:42 PM

    Sucked with Luck

    #RG3isbetter

  18. slbasegame257 says: Nov 24, 2013 8:47 PM

    allidoiswin55 :
    “However the cards are no laughing matter they play stout defense and have the ability to make some offensive plays I think their a year or two away from being truly competitive league wise , but they do have one hell of a home field advantage ..”

    I don’t know what team you’re talking about but the Arizona Cardinals that I saw play the Seahawks were an absolute joke. Wilson shredded that defense and Lynch ran wild on them. The Cardinals stink. I can’t believe Andrew Luck and the Colts weren’t even competitive with the Cardinals. Wow, how in the world did the Seahawks lose to the Colts? Even with a decimated offense the Seahawks still should have won. GO HAWKS

  19. delusionalcardsfan says: Nov 24, 2013 8:49 PM

    The defense is still the story of this team but the offense had finally got it firing on all cylinders! I sure hope that RGIII can get a W tomorrow night!

  20. csilojohnson says: Nov 24, 2013 8:55 PM

    Wow youngest to 11k. That is amazing considering the QBs throwing to him throughout his career. Yeah Kurt was good. That is it though. Easily one of the biggest wastes of talent in sports history. Imagine if he had an elite guy throwing to him early on. We would be debating who was/is better. Jerry Rice or Larry Fitzgerald.

  21. wwwfella says: Nov 24, 2013 9:05 PM

    without wayne luck is seeing what its like to be rg3 (receiver wise) but he still has a better o line than rg3.

  22. beastmode5150 says: Nov 24, 2013 9:12 PM

    The hawks lost to the colts the same way the cardinals beat the colts, any given week anything can happen.

  23. brownsclown says: Nov 24, 2013 9:24 PM

    TRich had another monster game that helped Luck quite a bit. At his current rate TRich will get 1000 yards in 2016!

  24. skins1970 says: Nov 24, 2013 9:31 PM

    Of course the media are going to give Andrew Luck a pass and say he doesn’t have any one to throw to now that Reggie Wayne is out.RG3 doesn’t have anyone to throw to either except for Pierre Garcon but he doesn’t get the pass that Luck does.

  25. skins1970 says: Nov 24, 2013 9:35 PM

    Russell Wilson is nothing special put him on a team that has a terrible defense, and he would have a losing record he isn’t a QB who can take a team with average talent to the playoffs like Andrew Luck and RG3 did last year.

  26. rickyspanish says: Nov 24, 2013 9:57 PM

    skins1970

    I love people like you that throw their favorite team under the bus to prop up the quarterback. Your QB took your lousy team to the playoffs, want a cookie?

  27. arlingtonsynn says: Nov 24, 2013 10:12 PM

    I find it puzzling how after every falter by Luck, Wilson, or RGIII… there are numerous comments on here trying to talk about which one is better.

    These teams are not rivals, all the QBs in question are still growing, and two of the three play for either a terrible team or a terrible coach (you know who).

    Here is what I think everyone can agree with…

    -All three of these QBs are going to be very good in this league in the future. Think 10 years, not 3.

    -Brandon Weeden remains terrible.

  28. commonsensedude says: Nov 24, 2013 10:18 PM

    MISSING: OBNOXIOUS COLTS FANS WHO SPEND EVERY SECOND MAKING COMMENTS ABOUT HOW LUCK IS SUPERIOR TO RG3.

    We are deeply concerned about the sudden disappearance of Colts fan trolls online who may be depressed in the aftermath of their team getting crushed by the Cardinals.

    If you happen to spot a despondent Colts fan – or even just a person whose head is hanging down and living in the state of Indiana, please refer them to the Obnoxious Colts Fan Recovery Hotline: 1-888-BE-QUIET. With counseling, these folks can become happy and well-adjusted football fans again who don’t feel the need to make constant claims about the superiority of their quarterback.

    Thank you for your help and attention.

  29. bigcowboy says: Nov 24, 2013 10:22 PM

    This Cardinals team is LEGIT. Thank god we don’t play them at their place this year-it would be a huge L. They are one of the toughest teams in the league to beat at home. They always play physical defense, and now that Palmer is hot, they will cause many problems for most teams. If they get into the playoffs (which they will) your team/my team will not want to play them.

  30. eviltwin007 says: Nov 24, 2013 10:31 PM

    taintedlombardis says: Nov 24, 2013 8:25 PM

    Luck has done way too many commercials. And a sitcom appearance. Twice. Looks bad.
    ————————————————————–
    Just curious, what are these commercials you speak of? The only commercials that Luck has done have been on our local media for the public library. Nice try though.

  31. eviltwin007 says: Nov 24, 2013 10:41 PM

    rickyspanish says: Nov 24, 2013 9:57 PM

    skins1970

    I love people like you that throw their favorite team under the bus to prop up the quarterback. Your QB took your lousy team to the playoffs, want a cookie?
    ————————————————————–
    Don’t forget they play in the NFC East which with the past several seasons have been a weak division.

  32. eviltwin007 says: Nov 24, 2013 10:46 PM

    wwwfella says: Nov 24, 2013 9:05 PM

    without wayne luck is seeing what its like to be rg3 (receiver wise) but he still has a better o line than rg3.
    ————————————————————–
    I would have to disagree with your assessment there. The Colts offensive line has never been really been that good. Even with Manning the offensive line has always been subpar.

  33. eviltwin007 says: Nov 24, 2013 10:54 PM

    slbasegame257 says: Nov 24, 2013 8:04 PM

    I think we can finally put to bed the debate over Wilson vs. Luck as the better QB. Russell Wilson (passer rating 105) is clearly head and shoulders above Andrew Luck (passer rating 84). And don’t tell me team around Luck is an excuse. A 21 point differential between the two is more than just the team around them.
    ————————————————————–
    Your wrong dude about the debate. As much as you don’t like to hear it but the Seahawks have a better team all around compare to the Colts. Put Wilson on a mediocre team like the Redskins, Rams, Titans and I guarantee you he wouldn’t be that good.

  34. eviltwin007 says: Nov 24, 2013 11:00 PM

    FlyFromTheInside says: Nov 24, 2013 8:42 PM

    Sucked with Luck

    #RG3isbetter
    ————————————————————-
    How do you figure? Luck is 7-4 and RG3 is 3-7

  35. eviltwin007 says: Nov 24, 2013 11:05 PM

    giantlucksacks says: Nov 24, 2013 8:01 PM

    #chuckstrong = not actually preparing or coaching for the other team, just show up and let Luck throw it 50 times.

    Where the Luck/Colts fans at with all the RG3 comments? Luck still the most overrated young QB by FAR.
    ————————————————————-
    Overrated huh? How do you figure? Where’s the Redskins going to be after the season is over? Oh that’s right sitting on their couch watching the Colts play in the playoffs.

  36. stairwayto7 says: Nov 24, 2013 11:08 PM

    Colts were out of it as soon as game started. Remember seachickens now have 2 db’s out 4-6 weeks due to injury and PED use. Could get real interesting…

  37. taintedlombardis says: Nov 24, 2013 11:18 PM

    NFC East is weak? Alright, I’ll give you that, but the AFC South is the worst all-time. Hands down.

  38. whereyaat says: Nov 24, 2013 11:50 PM

    Carson Palmer
    26/37
    314 yards
    2 TD passes

    Their offense has looked much better as of late. The Cards’ victory makes the 49ers/Redskins game really important for the 49ers and their wild card hopes. GO CARDS!

  39. raideralex99 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:34 AM

    Where’s are the Palmer haters?

  40. realfootballfan says: Nov 25, 2013 12:43 AM

    Warned people in the off-season, here come the Cardinals. Palmer is actually playing well for the first time since 2008 or so. With that defense, that is a very scary proposition. And for Seahawk fans popping off at the mouth, playing them down in Glendale will be quite different from playing them in Seattle. Even over the Panthers, this would be the one team I wouldn’t want to see in a playoff game.

  41. beardinals says: Nov 25, 2013 11:59 AM

    LOL! A thread about the Cardinals and a big win and the comments are everywhere BUT on the Cards. Please keep it up. this team plays better with no respect.

  42. nickspacers says: Nov 26, 2013 8:36 PM

    Mr All I do is win 55:
    Please do us all a huge favor, please quit making your idiotic remarks about how lucky the Colts got by thoroughly beating your precious Seahawks. Your making us all dumber. Remember that the Cheathawks led that game 12-0, meaning we dominated the rest of the game. 34-16 after that point, I would say we spotted you 12 points, but as for being a Luck hater, it was great pleasure one of his 10 4th quarter game winning drives came against a team full of misfits like Seattle. I respect a handful of players on that team including Wilson but stay off Indy pages the game is 6 weeks old now. Get over it!

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