The Arizona Cardinals had a big bounce back game Week 2 exploding all over the Tampa Bay Bucs putting up 40 points and picking up four interceptions of Jameis Winston, but the probably still have some work to do to completely eliminate the bad taste of their opening week loss at home to the Patriots.
This week the Cards make the long trip easy to Buffalo where they'll find a Bills team in a bit of turmoil after tough losses to the Ravens and Jets, and the firing of offensive coordinator Greg Roman after the Jets loss a week ago Thursday. The irony of the Roman firing was the offense was productive vs. New York but Rex Ryan's defense was a mess and the pressure on the Buffalo head coach will be immense if the Bills don't bounce back here against a tough Cardinals team.
AZ 12TH OFF; BUF T23RD DEF
AZ 16TH RUN; BUF 14TH vs. RUN
AZ 8TH PASS; BUF 24TH vs. PASS
AZ 5TH PTS; BUF 22ND PTS ALLOWED
BUF 30TH OFF; AZ 12TH DEF
BUF 24TH RUN; AZ 10TH vs. RUN
BUF 29TH PASS; AZ 15TH vs. PASS
BUF T22ND PTS; AZ T5TH PTS ALLOWED
AZ 1ST TO/TA; BUF T7TH TO-TA
CARDINALS bounced back from Week 1 loss with 40-7 slaughter of mistake-prone Bucs, wracking up 416-306 edge in total yards and 5 takeaways, including 1 INT for score.
CARDINALS had no turnovers for second week in a row and lead league with plus-7 turnover ratio.
CARDINALS finished 3-1 vs. AFC opponents last season, but they lost their first game vs. an AFC opponent last year — 25-13 to Steelers on road in Week 6.
CARDINALS QB Carson Palmer (124.1 passer rating) threw 3 TDs to 3 different receivers in Week 2, including 52-yarder to WR Jaron Brown.
CARDINALS WR Larry Fitzgerald had 6-81 receiving in Week 2.
CARDINALS RB David Johnson had 3-98 receiving in Week 2, including 58-yard cash. Johnson has 933 yards from scrimmage in his first 7 career starts (133.3 ypg).
CARDINALS RB Chris Johnson had 15-54-1 rushing in Week 2.
CARDINALS newcomer Marcus Cooper might have solved problem at CB spot opposite Patrick Peterson with 7 tackles and a pair of INTs in Week 2, including one for a 60-yard score.
CARDINALS S Tony Jefferson has 34 tackles in his last 4 games after game-high 11 tackles in Week 2 along with 2 TFLs, 2 QB hurries and a FR.
BILLS , 0-2 for first time since 2010, fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman and replaced him with RB coach Anthony Lynn after Thursday-night 37-31 loss to Jets.
Schedule does BILLS no favors with this game vs. highly regarded Cardinals followed by road trip to Foxborough to take on Patriots.
BILLS ’ offense was much better vs. Jets than it was in Week 1 (393 total yards after only 160 in Week 1), but big chunk of offense came on 84-yard, 71-yard TD bombs.
BILLS ground game that led league in 2015 has managed only 151 yards rushing in first 2 games.
BILLS top WR Sammy Watkins, battling nagging left foot injury, had only 2-20 receiving on 5 targets in Week 2 loss.
BILLS ’ beleaguered defense allowed Jets 493 total yards, 28 first downs and 8-of-13 third-down conversions in Week 2.
BILLS CB Stephon Gilmore had big problems stopping Jets Eric Decker (6-126-1) in Week 2.
BILLS S Nickell Robey-Coleman provided defense with lone highlight in Week 2 — a 36-yard fumble recovery for a TD.
Check status of BILLS WR Marquise Goodwin, who was being checked for a concussion after burning Jets’ Darrelle Revis on 84-yard TD catch in Week 2.
Check status of BILLS starting OLT Cordy Glenn (left ankle; DNP in Week 2). Bills are thin at OT with backup Seantrel Henderson serving 4-game suspension for violating NFL’s substance-abuse policy.