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Updated Sep 23, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians: Road trip should be easy for players, a lot like training camp

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, right, talks to quarterback Carson Palmer (3) in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saintsin New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

Losing on the road in the manner the Arizona Cardinals did Sunday -- a 31-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints -- was tough enough.

Having to stay out on the road and reflect on the defeat without the comforts of home and family? Well, that's a different obstacle entirely.

However given the proximity between their Week 3 and Week 4 games -- 90-minute flight from New Orleans to Tampa -- that's exactly the challenge the Cardinals have elected to face head-on as they prepare in Sarasota, Fla. this week for their upcoming showdown with the Buccaneers.

And while the extended road trip isn't necessarily a common occurrence over the course of a 17-week season, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians thinks the scheduling decision might be the best medicine for a team coming off a 24-point loss.

"[Preparing for the game away from home] should be easy, because it's essentially training camp again," Arians told Arizona Sports 620's Bickley with Marotta. "We talked a lot in training camp about handling change. We addressed this situation last week and again today.

"We're here for a purpose, and I think our veteran leadership will make sure there's one focus. There's not a heck of a lot to do here, so we have plenty of time to sit down and play football, study football and get our best effort to get to 2-2."

While 2-2 seems achievable given that the Buccaneers head into Sunday's game with a bevy of problems to contend with -- an embattled coach (1-8 in last nine games) who is on the verge of losing the locker room, little production from the quarterback position (175 yards passing/game) and a lack of discipline (nine penalties/game) -- Arians noted that Greg Schiano's squad is a much better team than its 0-3 record might indicate.

"This is a game we have a chance to win," said Arians. "They're extremely, extremely physical and fast up front defensively. They pose a lot of problems. I look at this team and they're two plays, not two series but two plays away from being 2-1.

"They've had some opportunities to win both of their games before this past weekend. It's going to be a great challenge."

Arizona will also have to contend with another factor. Since their 20-18 win over the New England Patriots in Week 2 of 2012 season, the Cardinals have gone winless in nine straight road games.

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