Notes following Cardinals 34-31 win over Bengals on Sunday Night Football

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

BY: ED COLE

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals pulled out another tight one at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday night, knocking out the Cincinnati Bengals by a 34-31 score.

Here’s some notes following the victory, courtesy of the Cardinals Media Relations Department.

  • In beating the Bengals, the Cardinals improved to 3-0 in primetime games this season, and 5-2 overall in primetime under head coach Bruce Arians. This season marks the first time in franchise history that the Cardinals have won three primetime games in a single season. Arizona had just two primetime victories in the previous five seasons (2010-14) combined.
  • Combined with their thrilling 39-32 win over the Seahawks in Week 10, Arizona became just the fourth team to win back-to-back games on Sunday Night Football since NBC began airing the program in 2006 (New England-2007; Washington-2007; Philadelphia-2013).
  • The Cardinals, by virtue of the win on Sunday night, are now guaranteed at least a .500 record this season. It’s the seventh time in the last 10 seasons at University of Phoenix Stadium that Arizona’s posted a .500 record or better.
  • Arizona is now 50-27 during the regular season since moving into University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006.
  • The win over Cincinnati is Arizona’s fourth straight. They’ve had a winning streak of at least four games in all three seasons under Arians. Before Arians arrival in 2013, the Cardinals have had just four such streaks in the previous 25 years.
  • Arians is now 29-13 as head coach of the Cardinals. No coach in team history has more wins than Arians through their first 42 games with the franchise. Including his 9-3 record as interim head coach with the Colts in 2012, Arians is 22 games over .500 as an NFL head coach (38-16).
  • After scoring 34 points on Sunday night, Arizona has now scored 336 points through the first 10 games this season. The Cardinals 336 points are the highest total in team history through the first 10 games of a season (329 in 1948). Arizona also leads the NFL in scoring this season.
  • Going back to the 2013 season, Arizona’s now scored 30 points or more in a game 12 times. They’re 12-0 in those games.
  • Arizona’s offense is averaging 417.3 net yards per game this season, ranking them No. 2 in the league in offense (New England-418.7 ypg).
  • The Cardinals defense is giving up just 322.2 yards per game on defense in 2015, ranking them third in the league in total defense.
  • Quarterback Carson Palmer went 20-of-31 for 317 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 111.2. He leads all quarterbacks with 27 touchdown passes this season.
  • Only New England quarterback Tom Brady (111.1) has a better passer rating than Palmer (108.6).
  • In throwing for 317 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday, Palmer became the first quarterback in team history to throw for 300+ yards and at least three touchdowns in three straight games. Palmer leads the NFL with four such games this season.
  • Palmer has a 21-4 record in his last 25 starts with Arizona dating back to Week 8 of the 2013 season. His .840 winning percentage in that span is the best in the league.
  • In those 25 starts, Palmer’s completed 561-of-869 pass attempts (64.6%) for 7,225 yards, 54 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and a passer rating of 101.6.
  • Rookie wide receiver J.J. Nelson had a monster night for Arizona, catching four passes for a game-high 142 yards (35.5 avg.) and a 64-yard touchdown catch. His 142 receiving yards are the most by a rookie in a game this season.
  • Nelson has seven catches for 212 yards and a touchdown this season. He’s averaging 30.3 yards per catch in 2015. Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8, Nelson caught three passes for 70 yards (23.3 avg.).
  • Nelson became the fourth different Cardinals player to have 100+ receiving yards in a game. Arizona, Chicago (4), New England (4) and New Orleans (4) are the only teams in the league to have at least four different players with a 100-yard receiving game this season. Larry Fitzgerald (3), Michael Floyd (2), John Brown (1) and Nelson (1) all have at least one game with 100+ receiving yards.
  • Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had a team-high eight catches for 90 yards versus the Bengals, moving him past the 13,000 receiving yards mark for his career (13,077). At 32 years, 83 days old, Fitzgerald became the third-youngest player in NFL history to surpass 13,000 receiving yards. He joins Randy Moss (31 years, 298 days) and Jerry Rice (32 years, 59 days) as the only players in the league to reach 13,000 receiving yards prior to their 33rd birthday.
  • Fitzgerald extended his franchise record streak of consecutive games with a catch to 173. It’s also the longest active streak in the NFL.
  • Fitzgerald now has 73 catches for 926 yards and seven touchdowns. His 73 catches are the most in his career through the first 10 games of a season. His 926 receiving yards is the third-best total of his career through 10 games (958 in 2005; 939 in 2008), and his seven touchdown catches are the second-best total through 10 games in his career (nine in 2009).
  • Kicker Chandler Catanzaro kicked the game-winning 32-yard field goal on Sunday night. It was the first game-winner of his NFL career, and the first since Peach Bowl vs. LSU on 12/31/12. While with Clemson, Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to give the Tigers a 25-24 win.
  • Catanzaro is the NFL’s fifth-leading scorer this season. He’s hit on 18-of-20 field goal attempts and 38-of-40 PATs.