The Arizona Cardinals apparently found a new offensive scheme while demolishing the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Yes, Carson Palmer took some deep shots and was successful in doing so, but running the ball—specifically with rookie Andre Ellington—is the wise thing to do.
Who knew, right?
In all seriousness, this was the best game of the season for the Cardinals to this point, as Ellington and Co. ran it down Atlanta’s throat to the tune of 201 rushing yards.
The Cardinals (4-4) dominated at the point of attack, leading to many big runs from the running backs—Ellington especially.
Meanwhile, the Falcons (2-5) had no answer for anything Arizona did early in the run game. Ellington took a handoff 80 yards to the house on a run play up the middle, initially being stopped before bouncing to the outside and outrunning everyone.
Atlanta forced an early interception of Palmer, but the veteran quarterback responded with a six-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on the next possession, ending when wideout Larry Fitzgerald hauled in a Palmer 10-yard strike for his fifth touchdown of the season.
Here are some takeaways from the big win.