The Week 5 contest between the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals was hard-hitting and low-scoring in the first half. However, the halftime adjustments made by Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians paid off in the end, as his team was fortunate to ultimately walk away with the 22-6 win.
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles called a great game, too, as his defense sacked Cam Newton seven times to along with three picks. The seven sacks is the franchise's highest single-game total since recording eight on Sept. 13, 1987 against the Dallas Cowboys—the team’s final season in St. Louis before moving to Phoenix.
Good teams find ways to win ugly games, and this was certainly an ugly game. Arizona has been no stranger to ugly games this season either, as all three of their wins in 2013 could be considered “ugly.”
With the way Bowles’ defense plays on a weekly basis, if Arians ever gets his offense to play even average football, the Cardinals will be a scary team for anyone to play.
Here are some key takeaways from the team's victory on Sunday.