Posted: 7:08 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013
By Jon Benne
The Cardinals proved that they need to be taken seriously after crushing the Colts, 40-11. Arizona is now 7-4 and firmly in the playoff race.
The Cardinals stepped on the Colts' throats right from the beginning. Carson Palmer hooked up with Larry Fitzgerald for two early touchdowns and Andrew Luck had no answer for their defense. Karlos Dansby got a 21-yards pick-six to give Arizona a 24-3 lead as the Colts looked stunned. Luck had a miserable start to the game, completing just 6-of-15 passes for 42 yards and an interception in the first half. The Cardinals went into halftime leading, 27-3.
The Cardinals extended their lead in the third quarter with a touchdown by Rashard Mendenhall. A touchdown pass to Coby Fleeners was the only consolation of the day as Luck could never get anything going against Arizona's defense. NFC teams should start being afraid of the Cardinals after such a dominant performance.
Larry Fitzgerald hauled in the two touchdowns, but Michael Floyd dominated the box score, grabbing seven catches for 104 yards. Donald Brown was the popular pick over Trent Richardson in fantasy leagues, but he did nothing on Sunday, getting just one yard on two carries.
No notable injuries were reported in this game.
The Colts were favored by three points, according to Oddsshark. They failed to cover by losing big.
The Cardinals move to 7-4 and are suddenly major players in the NFC wild card race. Indianapolis dropped to 7-4 and are in danger of falling behind in the race for a first-round bye.
Arizona at Philadelphia, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. ET
Indianapolis vs. Tennessee, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. ET