Carson Palmer struggles against Bengals defense

The Cardinals starting offense looked good in their first two outings of the preseason, but things didn’t go nearly as well against the Bengals on Sunday night.

Carson Palmer finished his night with seven completions in 19 attempts and he threw a first-quarter interception that Bengals cornerback Terence Newman returned for a touchdown. The interception came on a clear case of miscommunication between Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald, who kept running down the field as Palmer delivered a pass that wound up ticketed for Newman from the start.

That pick came a series after Palmer missed Michael Floyd on a pair of deep balls that saw Floyd get open behind Newman. Either catch would have been a touchdown, but everything remained just out of reach. On the bright side for the Cardinals was the play of their offensive line, which held up well against the Bengals pass rush. If that proves more sustainable than the issues that hurt the passing game, things will be moving in the right direction for Arizona.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was more successful, completing 13-of-21 passes for 157 yards. He led the team on a pair of long second quarter drives that led to field goals against an Arizona defense that did a lot of bending without ever breaking. Rookie running back Jeremy Hill made the most of his first extended action with the first team, running four times for 23 yards.

26 responses to “Carson Palmer struggles against Bengals defense

  1. Watch out for CIN. Hue had been wasting away as a position coach. The man was born to be an OC and, eventually, a HC. As a Raiders fan I’m glad to see him take another swing at it. Bengals fans will soon love him.

  2. Carson Palmer puts a significant ceiling on what otherwise is a very talented Cardinals team. I’m not sure a QB better than him is on their roster right now though, so they’re kinda stuck.

  3. Palmer was off big time tonight… AZ O took it to Cinn but short passes, over throws and INT cost them…Cinn has a good team that might be there in the end

  4. I’m a Bengal fan and I’ve been PUMPED for the promotion of Hue Jackson to OC! I love the guy and can’t wait to see how he revives this offense. Jay Gruden getting the HC gig at D.C. and Hue getting promoted was the best news of our offseason!

  5. The shock will be that AZ wins that division.

    SF looks terrible on offense and their defense is slightly weaker. Cheattle’s D won’t dominate because of the enforcement of rules, and the offense was never that good to begin with.

  6. So let’s get this straight, the SF starting offense can’t score a touchdown and their depth looks horrible, Arizona’s offense is all about Carson Palmer not being Carson Palmer and the Rams season was counting on Sam Bradford being healthy and exploding but we’re still supposed to believe that this is the best division in football?!?!

    I admit they’ll all be physical teams and they won’t be easy outs but this looks like Seattle and 3 teams that’ll be in the 6-10 to 9-7 range this year.

  7. Actually, the real story is how bad the Bengal first team offense is when all they could do is score TWO FGs?

    Except for the defensive Td off an INT that came when Fitz ran the wrong route, the best the Bengals could do was FOUR FGs? At least the Cards second string QB and offense scored an offensive TD, but for the Bengals to produce 4 lousy FGs for an entire game should be deeply troubling for Bengal fans.

    Does this mean the Browns and Steelers are going to stop the Bengal offense all season long?

  8. Couple of drops, a few close overthrows, got the ball out quick, and still moved the chains. Basically a bunch of meh. No real story underlying this.

    INT return for a TD on miscommunication. It happens.

    OL did hold up well. This is a BIG difference from the last half decade.

    1st team Defense shined by giving up only 3 points.

    This means the Cardinals 1st team defense has given up 9 points via 3 field goals this preseason.

    Only TD of the game (on either side) came from rookie speedster/break your ankles juker John Brown from Stanton. Stanton would be better then last few QB’s we had before Palmer. Cardinals QB is just fine.

    Carson threw for over 4000 yards with a much, much worse line last year, and has more options then ever.

    Logan Thomas wasn’t put in a good position. Made some accurate throws and quick correct reads on blitzes. Again was looking downfield instead of running.

    Frostee Rucker has been having a good camp and played very well replacing Dockett. DL depth is NOT an issue.

    Abraham flashed his speed in his first preseason outing.

    Cantazaro continued the deep kickoffs and Feely missed a field goal. Feely looks toast.

    Ellington showed you why he’s being drafted high in fantasy leagues.

    1st round pick Deone Buchanon was all over the field.

    So there was good, bad, and a little bit of ugly. Overall though, seems we emerged without injuries.

  9. I know it’s preseason, but since leaving Cincy, Palmer hasn’t been able to beat his former team.

    This one didn’t count, but when he played them as a Raider, the game was over in the 3rd quarter.

    I love it.

  10. Bengals have the most talented roster in the AFC. Jackson should make a world of difference for Dalton who looks like a different QB this pre-season, so let’s see what strides he gtakes under Jackson in the regular season and, as long as there are no significant injuries, the playoffs.

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