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The Arizona Cardinals lost a nine-point, fourth-quarter lead against the St. Louis Rams to begin the 2013 season, but there are many reasons to be encouraging by their performance.
Carson Palmer reminded everyone how bad the Cardinals quarterbacks were last season, as he threw for 327 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in defeat.
Thanks to the new-found competence at the quarterback position, Larry Fitzgerald resurfaced, catching eight passes for 80 yards and two scores.
Arizona's defensive front had a strong afternoon, limiting the Rams to 2.8 yards per carry. However, tight end Jared Cook couldn't be stopped. He reeled in seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
Palmer was sacked four times, which is a bit concerning after the vast pass-blocking issues in the past, but 390 total yards is more than respectable for one of the NFL's worst 2012 offenses.