Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals’ first-team offense looked like their week-ago selves when they took the field Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. against the Minnesota Vikings.
The unit needed nine plays to march 93 yards down field in 3:26, ending their opening drive with a one-yard Jonathan Dwyer rushing touchdown on 3rd and Goal.
Palmer completed three of six pass attempts on the drive, targeting Larry Fitzgerald on three occasions and hooking up with him for a 20-yard pass down the right sideline.
In the following play, receiver Jaron Brown broke the drive open with a 51-yard run after a screen pass to the left, which featured some key blocking from fellow receiver John Brown.
Palmer’s day was done following a four-play, 25-yard second drive, which ended in a punt. In all, he completed 4 of 8 pass attempts, accruing 91 yards thanks to a 91.1 passer rating.
Running back Andre Ellington, meanwhile, grabbed just five yards on two rushing attempts.
Both Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown retired for the day having reeled in a pair of catches on four targets. John Brown also had a 22-yard reception.