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Cardinals blow out the Bucs

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) AP

In Week One, the Buccaneers looked like a team on the rise, while the Cardinals looked like a team on the decline.

Week Two always serves as a good reminder not to overreact to Week One.

Today in Arizona, the Cardinals whipped the Bucs 40-7, in a blowout that was a beautiful sight to Arizona fans and ugly beating for Tampa Bay. The game was never close, as the Cardinals scored early and often. The blowout could have been even worse; Arizona backed off late in the game.

After Jameis Winston looked so good in Week One, he struggled in Week Two, throwing four interceptions (including one on a Hail Mary on the last play of the game), losing a fumble and getting sacked three times. The Bucs can’t afford to have any more five-turnover games from Winston.

Carson Palmer was excellent for Arizona, throwing for 308 yards and three touchdowns, with no turnovers. It was a big game for Palmer, who had a strong season end in disappointment last year and who didn’t quite get things turned around in Week One.

Just as we shouldn’t overreact to Week One, we shouldn’t overreact to Week Two, either. This game doesn’t mean Winston is a bad quarterback or the Bucs are a bad team, nor does it mean Palmer will play at an MVP level and lead the Cardinals to the title. There’s still a lot more football to be played.

But the Cardinals looked great today, and the Bucs looked lousy. That’s quite a turnaround from a week ago.

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20 Responses to “Cardinals blow out the Bucs”
  1. nhpats says: Sep 18, 2016 7:26 PM

    What did we learn here? The Bucs are not the Pats…

  2. fedegene says: Sep 18, 2016 7:29 PM

    Maybe we shouldn’t overreact like those who were writing here last night and this morning that Arians is a fraud and the Cardinals were off to a 0-2 start and the Bucs were smelling blood and ready to pull an upset…Where are they now?

  3. jerrytown says: Sep 18, 2016 7:36 PM

    Cards have the west on lock. That’s clear after watching the Rams Seahawks game. What a turd burger that was

  4. joetoronto says: Sep 18, 2016 7:37 PM

    Wait, I thought I read earlier that Winston was declared the MVP by WR, Mike Evans?

  5. MostlyRight says: Sep 18, 2016 7:38 PM

    Where are all those Seahawks fans who were predicting 0-2 for the Cardinals?

    Nice game vs. the Rams, boys!

  6. motleytrap says: Sep 18, 2016 7:39 PM

    Jameis for MVP.

  7. skawh says: Sep 18, 2016 7:42 PM

    So where was this team attitude during the home national tv season opener?

    I swear, AZ has a problem getting up for big games…that’s now two dating back to the NFC championship. Be honest AZ fans, your team does not play up to its capability in big games.

  8. absolutevisuals says: Sep 18, 2016 7:47 PM

    Saw this coming.

  9. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Sep 18, 2016 7:50 PM


  10. icebergsimpson says: Sep 18, 2016 7:58 PM

    Tampa will blow out LA next week. Arizona will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

  11. bonecrushinghits says: Sep 18, 2016 7:58 PM

    where ya at haters? Thought the Bucs were gonna roll?


  12. wartface says: Sep 18, 2016 8:02 PM

    Arizona… Tied for 1st place in the NFC West!

    14 more games to go… Go Cards!😎

  13. heavenow1 says: Sep 18, 2016 8:05 PM

    I honestly didn’t expect this at all.

    I guess maybe the Bucs offense is still predicated on Doug Martin’s ability to move the football.

    I’m not saying I expected the Bucs to handle the Cards. I did expect it to be close.

  14. icebowler says: Sep 18, 2016 8:06 PM

    icebowler says:
    Sep 15, 2016 1:57 PM
    Buc’s win in Arizona? Snowball’s chance in hell!
    13 20
    As I said Thursday Mike. I wish the Buc’s could have pulled it off too, but lets be realistic.

  15. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Sep 18, 2016 8:26 PM

    Meanwhile in Seattle,they’re still trying to get a score and beat the Rams at some point this decade.

  16. tyelee says: Sep 18, 2016 8:40 PM

    Same ole Bucs!… Whoever said their qb for MVP needs his head checked… Qb got exposed!

    No solid offense or defense…. 6-10 season…

  17. stairwayto7 says: Sep 18, 2016 9:33 PM

    All 200 Tampa fans left stadium when it was 33-7

  18. razzzmajazzz says: Sep 18, 2016 10:03 PM

    No team deserves this humiliation more than the miserable Bucs and their rapist quarterback.

  19. laserw says: Sep 18, 2016 10:50 PM

    We are seeing the real Rapist Winston today. He is a mirage – a fraud – and the talk of him being MVP should end right now.

    You’ll see more of this incompetence. That is who he is.

  20. ChickenTurkeySaurus says: Sep 19, 2016 1:01 AM

    razzzmajazzz says:
    Sep 18, 2016 10:03 PM
    No team deserves this humiliation more than the miserable Bucs and their rapist quarterback.

    I don’t know, I think the Seachickens more than deserved their humiliation today, after signing and retaining all of those guys with domestic violence charges against them, and then bragging all week.

    Seattle’s scoring v. its opponents: 15 – 19
    Arizona’s scoring v. its opponents: 61 – 30

    Hmmmmm…, I wonder which one is the team that finished in second place last year.

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