No style points were awarded Thursday night (and there probably weren’t many ratings points earned either).
But the Cardinals were in a desperate enough spot that they weren’t worried about either, after beating a fellow bad team San Francisco to improve to 2-3.
“It’s huge,” defensive tackle Calias Campbell said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “We’ve been saying all week, ‘It starts with one and then just stack them.’ Now, we have to figure out we can do to keep that ball rolling. . . .
“We come in here, on the road, on a Thursday night, have things stacked against us and have a backup quarterback. The biggest thing was whatever it took to get this win. Find a way to get it done and try to figure it out from here.”
The backup quarterback in question, Drew Stanton, wasn’t what you’d traditionally describe as good. But he was good enough on a night when the bar wasn’t set particularly high.
Stanton completed 11-of-28 passes for 124 yards, but he threw two touchdowns to Larry Fitzgerald which was enough.
“Once I got a chance to settle down, I felt good about everything,” Stanton said. “Throughout the course of a game, you have to find that rhythm, and I hadn’t been out there in awhile. My goal was to come out of here with a victory, and I feel good about accomplishing that goal.”
No one knows when starting quarterback Carson Palmer will return from his concussion (or when he’ll return to his previous form), but the Cardinals are entering a tougher stretch of opponents, with a Monday nighter against the Jets followed by a Sunday Night Football appearance by the Seahawks and a trip to Carolina, a few opponents with their own issues and degrees of desperation.