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Oct 15, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) talk after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Oct 15, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) talk after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Peterson’s Resurgence Helps Cardinals Fly Past Bucs

The Arizona Cardinals found themselves in unfamiliar territory on Sunday. With less than five minutes elapsed from the start of the third quarter, the Cardinals led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by 31 points. The offense had been rolling and the defense had been suffocating. By the end of the game the starters were in victory formation, taking a deep sigh of relief, after surviving a furious Tampa Bay comeback. The win put the Cardinals back in the conversation for a division title and ultimately a playoff spot. Here is a breakdown of what happened and how the Cardinals weathered the storm.

The Adrian Peterson Show

In the preview for Sunday’s game a major point of emphasis was getting newcomer Adrian Peterson on track. Peterson’s acquisition earlier in the week seemed to energize the team and fans ahead of Sunday’s clash. The days leading up to the game, talk focused less on what was broken with the offense or defense, and more about how exciting it would be to see Peterson in an Arizona uniform. To be fair, Peterson did not disappoint on Sunday, running rampant against the Buccaneers defense. The Cardinals offense found balance for the first time all season on Sunday. Peterson carried the football 26 times and finished with 134 yards and two touchdowns. The running back needed just one game in a Cardinals uniform to become the team’s leading rusher this season in addition to becoming the team leader in rushing touchdowns and longest run. Keep in mind that this was the sixth game for the Cardinals.
Peterson broke out quickly against a normally tough Tampa Bay defense. Peterson ran hard and ran angry, often requiring multiple defenders to bring him to the ground. The Cardinals utilized multiple tight end sets, often motioning a tight end to overload one side of the line. One play the Cardinals used multiple times was the “Power O” with a guard and tight end pulling over to the other end to create a hole and seal off the second level of the defense. The return of left tackle D.J. Humphries and left guard Alex Boone provided enough bulk on the left side to do some damage. On both of Peterson’s touchdowns, the Cardinals chose to run behind the left side of the line, with Peterson often going untouched the initial few yards after the hand off. The Cardinals have something interesting moving forward with Peterson. It will be important to replicate the success to keep winning.

Carson Palmer Nearly Flawless

One thing that a dominating run game can do is take away pressure from the quarterback to make big plays. Carson Palmer has been begging for some help on offense and Peterson’s fantastic debut allowed the quarterback to have a clean pocket and clearer throwing lanes downfield. Palmer was perfect in the first quarter, completing his first 14 passes, and finishing the day with an 81.8 percent completion rate. The Cardinals passing game benefitted from Tampa’s inability to stop the run. The defense was forced to add an extra defender into the box, often leaving single coverage on the outside and a run-focused linebacker on an athletic tight end. As a result, Palmer threw three touchdowns, all to open receivers.
The offensive line allowed less pressure on Sunday, giving up two sacks, buoyed by play action and multiple blocker sets. That protection gave Palmer the time needed to pick out his receivers, as exhibited by his completion percentage. This is the Palmer who made the Cardinals title contenders in 2015. This is the Palmer that the Bengals saw coming out of USC as the first overall pick. The main benefactor of a clean Palmer was Larry Fitzgerald. The veteran receiver found single coverage for most of the game and took advantage to a tune of ten receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald had a long of 29 yards and ran wild on the Tampa secondary. On Sunday, the passing game was crisp and dangerous, with Palmer leading the way and Larry Fitzgerald playing the star.

Michael Floyd had BAC of .217, could face jail time

When Michael Floyd was arrested in his vehicle on Dec. 12, he had a blood-alcohol level of .217, a number which could land him in jail.

Floyd was arrested and charged after the wide receiver fell asleep in the driver’s seat of his vehicle while stopped at a traffic signal. The Scottsdale, Ariz., prosecutor told ESPN that Floyd has now been been charged with more serious offenses due to the results of his BAC test, which were revealed Wednesday.

Floyd, who was released by the Arizona Cardinals after his arrest and has since been claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots, was initially charged with obstructing a roadway, DUI impaired to the slightest degree, DUI blood alcohol content above .08, and failure to obey a police officer. Two additional charges, one for BAC of .15 or more and one for BAC of .20 or more, were added, giving him a total of six charges. All charges are Class 1 misdemeanors, which allow him to leave the state without restriction.

Arizona state law carries harsh penalties, including jail time, for having a blood alcohol level over .15 and even tougher penalties for a BAC over .20. If Floyd is convicted for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle with a BAC over .20, he faces a jail sentence of at least 45 days, will have to use an ignition interlock system, pay a $500 fine and contribute $1,000 to a prison construction fund and $1,000 to a public safety equipment fund. Penalties for a second offense within 84 months of a first conviction are even more harsh.

The prosecutor told ESPN that a conviction on the pending charges in Arizona mandates jail time, but the amount of time is flexible. He could theoretically serve a portion of his sentence in jail and then the remainder under home detention with home alcohol monitoring.

Floyd’s first court appearance is scheduled on Feb. 24 for a pretrial hearing. He does not have to be present.

This is Floyd’s second DUI arrest. While at Notre Dame, he had a BAC of .19 when he was arrested on campus in 2011.

Police have released video of the most recent incident, which shows that Floyd’s eyes were closed, his head was back and his mouth was open when an officer approached his Cadillac Escalade at approximately 2:48 a.m. on Dec. 12. After the officer knocked on the window with his flashlight in an attempt to awaken Floyd, the officer pounded on the window with his fist and Floyd awoke with surprise.

Floyd was ordered to put the car in park and turn off the vehicle, but he did not immediately follow those instructions. Floyd then rolled down his window, with the officer ultimately reaching into the car to unlock the door to remove Floyd from the vehicle.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday said the team was aware of the video of the incident. Floyd practiced with the team Wednesday.

“Yeah, we were aware of his situation when we claimed him,” Belichick said. “He’s in an ongoing legal situation; I’m not going to comment on.”

Belichick was asked if the team has a system in place to support players in those types of situations.

“We have a lot of things on our team to handle a multitude of things that players, coaches, anybody in our organization, really, that come up,” Belichick said. “There are a lot of things outside of football that we all deal with. It’s a long, long list and we provide a lot of resources for everybody on that.”

Carson Palmer Cardinals Jersey

TEMPE, Ariz. — The pelvic thrust that may lead to a fine for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer(Carson Palmer Jersey) wasn’t meant to taunt the Seattle Seahawks crowd late in a 39-32 victory on Sunday night.

Palmer told ESPN it was a gesture directed at three of his friends who were sitting in the stands behind the Cardinals’ bench. Palmer identified his friends as Pup, Phil and Sugar Cane. The gesture was caught by cameras during NBC’s broadcast of the game, and has gone viral.

After the win, Palmer discussed his celebration, which included a fist pump and a pelvic thrust, in relation to Drew Stanton’s running, jumping, kicking and punching celebration after Andre Ellington’s 48-yard touchdown run sealed the win.

“I had my buddies in the sideline, right four or five rows up,” Palmer said. “I saw them pretty excited and [that] got me excited to see them excited.”

Palmer could be fined for violating Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1(c) of the NFL rule book, which states: “There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct. This applies to any act which is contrary to the generally understood principles of sportsmanship. Such acts specifically include, among others: (c) The use of baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams.”

Additionally, Note 4 of the rule states: “Violations of (c) will be penalized if any of the acts occur anywhere on the field. These acts include but are not limited to: throat slash; machine-gun salute; sexually-suggestive gestures, prolonged gyrations; or stomping on a team logo.”

Palmer could be fined either $11,576 for unsportsmanlike conduct or $8,681 for taunting, according to the NFL fine schedule.

“The last thing Carson Palmer would ever do was taunt an opposing fan,” Carson’s brother, Jordan, told ESPN. “It’s a joke.”