Posted: 7:12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
By Jon Benne
Offense has been hard to come by for most of the game. The Panthers have been unable to cash in on redzone opportunities, settling for a 22-yard field goal and missing a fourth down conversion. Carolina blew another chance to score late in the second quarter when Cam Newton threw an interception to Patrick Peterson at the five-yard line. Peterson took it back to midfield, giving Arizona a chance to take the lead before halftime, but Palmer threw his second interception of the game in the endzone. The Panthers drove down the field and made a 51-yard field goal as time expired, going into the locker room up, 6-3.
The Cardinals finally found the endzone thanks to solid running efforts from Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall used a goal line plunge to give Arizona the 10-6 lead. They extended that lead when Calais Campbell sacked Newton in the endzone for a safety. The Panthers continued to squander red zone opportunities as Newton threw another pick to Daryl Washington. Following Newton's third interception, Arizona put the game away for good with a Jim Dray touchdown pass from Palmer.
With only two offensive touchdowns combined, there weren't many fantasy points to go around. Despite the win, Carson Palmer put up an ugly statline, completing 19-of-28 passes for just 175 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Cam Newton wasn't much better, throwing for four interceptions.
No notable injuries were reported in this game.
The Panthere were 2.5 point favorites heading into the game and failed to cover by losing big.
Arizona at San Francisco, Oct. 13, 4:25 p.m. ET
Carolina at Minnesota, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET