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first_img6:46 left in second quarterAaaand Stanton is picked off by LB Kavell Conner. The defender made a good play, yes, but the throw — which was intended for Troy Niklas — was not a good one. Chargers take over at the Arizona 12 following the return. 14:04 left in third quarterCards defense looks good to start the half as Harold Jones-Quartey picks off Brad Sorensen. Cards take over at the San Diego 29 as Logan Thomas enters the game at QB. 5:51 left in third quarterChargers putting together a nice drive against Arizona’s third-string defense, but now faces a 2nd and 12 from the Cardinals’ 28. Arizona’s linebackers are struggling in coverage, but that’s not surprising. 2:00 left in fourth quarterThe Chargers have moved the ball to their own 41 as pretty much everyone in the press box hopes for a score (a pick-six would suffice). End of third quarterThe Chargers have the ball at the Cardinals’ 24. It’s 2nd and 12, with the visitors doing a solid job of moving down the field against Arizona’s third-string defense. Bad sign? Any sign at all? Hard to say. 12:40 left in first quarterThe drive stalls as Palmer throws out while Ellington breaks in, and then on third down, Bradly Sowell is beaten bad by his man who went on to sack the QB. As good as Arizona’s first drive was last week, this one was as bad — especially in terms of keeping the QB upright. 1:07 left in fourth quarterC.J. Roberts is called for a defensive hold on a 3rd and 10 pass that went incomplete, giving the Chargers a new set of downs at the Arizona 42. Arians was displeased with the call, by the way. 3:16 left in third quarterChargers punch it in from a couple yards out, with the PAT making it 16-9 visitors. Cards had a chance to end that drive early, but Darren Woodard was unable to come up with an interception. 5:32 left in fourth quarterDefense forces a three-and-out. Shipley returns the punt 12 yards and the Cards take over at their own 34. Sims back on the field with his legend beginning to grow (it is against third/fourth stringers, folks, but yes he does look pretty good).Do the Cards have one more TD in them? How about a FG? And if FG, does the NFL go to OT in preseason? These are all important questions. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 6:41 left in fourth quarterArians has been rather upset for much of this drive over the lack of pass interference calls, but in the meantime Sims has led the team to a third and 1 at the San Diego 2. Marion Grice has had some nice runs and catches on this drive, which is nice to see from him after missing much of camp with a hamstring injury. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 14:15 left in fourth quarterDefense holds strong, with Josh Mauro forcing a one-yard loss before the Chargers dropped a third-down pass that probably would not have netted enough yards to move the chain. Lambo’s field goal is good, and the Chargers extend their lead to 19-9.Looks like when the Cards offense gets the ball back, Phillip Sims will be at QB and Bobby Massie will appear at right tackle. 10:29 left in third quarterDrive stalls as Kerwynn Williams finds very little room to run (save for a nice hole on a third-down play). Catanzaro misses from 38 yards out, though, so the score remains 9-9. :52 left in third quarterFormer UA Wildcat Shaq Richardson flagged for a tough pass interference. Cardinals coaches argued the ball was not catchable — and they were probably right — but the call was made and the Chargers got the first down in Arizona territory. 6:10 left in second quarterBranden Oliver takes it into the end zone from three-yards out. Novak’s PAT attempt bounces off the upright and is no good. So that’s a change when it comes to PATs. Cards up 9-0. 3:09 left in third quarterKerwynn Williams takes the kick back tot he Arizona 24 — pretty nice return, actually. Logan Thomas and the offense will start there. Can the QB get things going? He was solid last week and is hoping to build off that performance. 7:33 left in second quarterSecond-team Cards defense holds strong and forces a punt. I’d have more for you but very briefly switched over to Watch ESPN to see the end of the Arizona Rattlers game. Crazy finish, for those of you who are unaware. Oh Arena Football, never change.Back to the Cardinals game, Arizona takes over at their own 33 holding a 9-0 lead. Of course, other things will certainly come up in the game, but those are two areas I will be watching.Game overLambo boots it through the uprights from 47 yards out, and the Chargers win 22-19. The Cardinals drop to 0-2 in the preseason but that of course does not tell the entire story. Time to head downstairs to get some reaction from Arians as well as players. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Preseason game No. 2 is upon us, as the Arizona Cardinals are hosting the San Diego Chargers. Bruce Arians said the plan is for his starters to play most of the first quarter, but we’ll see if that’s really what happens.For the Cardinals, some interesting things to watch will be how the reshuffled offensive line fares with Ted Larsen at left guard and Bradley Sowell at right tackle. On the defensive side of the ball, can Justin Bethel repeat the success he had last week? 14:49 left in second quarterStanton hits John Brown for a nice gain, but he fumbles the ball. Arizona recovered, but Ted Larsen is flagged for a penalty that pushes Arizona back to the San Diego 25. 9:32 left in first quarterCardinals give up a sack on the first play of the drive but then Palmer airs it out to J.J. Nelson, who comes down with the reception for a 57-yard gain. Looked like Palmer just threw it as far as he could and said “go get it, rook.” Puts the Cardinals at the San Diego 31. 1:07 left in second quarterStanton sacked on back-to-back plays — making it six total for the Chargers with four against Stanton. Cards pushed out of field goal range, and the punt — which was a good one — bounced in front of the Arizona gunner and then into the end zone for a touchback. Not an impressive finish to that drive.Chargers take over at their own 20. 14;56 left in first quarterThe Cardinals received the opening kickoff, which Brittan Golden took out to the 19 yard line. That’s where Carson Palmer and the offense will go to work. :02 left in fourth quarterThe Chargers get a first down on a nice pass/catch, and then call a timeout with a couple seconds remaining. They’ll set up a 46-yard field goal attempt which would give them the walk-off win. Can they do it? 6:06 left in fourth quarterSims sneaks for a one-yard first down and then Marion Grice punches the ball in on the following play. The PAT is good, making the score 19-16 Chargers.A solid drive from Sims, who also led the Cardinals to a TD last week.center_img 2:51 left in third quarterCardinals go nowhere with Thomas’ third-down pass to Brittan Golden falling incomplete. The WR got lit up pretty good, though it also looked like he had a chance to make the catch. Bad throw? No. Good throw that put the receiver in a bad spot? Maybe.Butler’s punt is returned to the SD 35. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, front, talks with San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy prior to an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) 6:30 left in first quarterCardinals get a stop and force a punt. J.J. Nelson was deep to return, but the ball bounces away and a penalty on Patrick Peterson pushes Arizona back to the 19. First-team offense back on the field (with David Johnson at RB), let’s see if they can build off that last drive (or maybe get something going on the ground). 8:32 left in first quarterThe offense seemed to get a jolt, as Palmer then connected with John Brown on a couple of passes. One was for 12 yards, the other a 17-yard TD. The super long extra point goes poorly, though, as the ball was snapped before the Dave Zastudil, the holder, was ready. So, the score is 6-0 Cardinals. :40 left in first quarterCardinals moving down the field with the help of some solid David Johnson runs and then a pass to Larry Fitzgerald. First and 10 at the SD 30. End of first quarterThe quarter ends with the Cardinals facing a 2nd and 7 at the San Diego 16. All in all it was an OK 15 minutes. The defense played well against a backup QB while the offense appeared to find its footing.Cards are still up 6-0. 4:53 left in first quarterJohnson picks up a few yards on a couple of carries, but Palmer’s third-down pass is dropped by John Brown. Drew Butler punts it away, with the ball bouncing out of bounds at the San Diego 27. 2:51 left in fourth quarterGrice drops a pass and a couple other incompletions lead to the Cardinals settling for a 37-yard Catanzaro field goal. Score is now tied at 19-19, which is kind of awful for a preseason game. 7:09 left in first quarterRodney Gunter in the middle of another good defensive play, forcing a third and 16. And wouldn’t you know it, Campbell is back in the game. Shows how much I know (but please keep reading anyway). Chargers take a timeout. 8:10 left in first quarterCardinals stuff the first-down run, actually forcing the Chargers into a two-yard loss. Calais Campbell made the play, but was then slow to get up and left the field with some trainers. Hard to see what exactly happened so absolutely no clue as to how bad it might be. We’ll get an update soon enough, but it’s hard to imagine No .93 coming back into this game regardless of what now ails him. 10:58 left in second quarterInteresting finish to the drive. Veldheer gets beaten badly by Melvin Ingram, who either timed the snap perfectly or was a hair offsides, and an incomplete pass leads to a 28-yard Catanzaro field goal. David Johnson had some real impressive runs during that drive, which was very nice to see.Cards are up 9-0. End of first halfChargers move down the field with some short passes and then Lambo connects on a 53-yard field goal to send the game into halftime tied at 9-9.Interesting half for the Cardinals. First-team defense looked good (against a second-string QB). First-team offense scored a TD, but it wasn’t exactly easy.Offensive line has been a BIG issue, though, and given the turmoil at that spot on the team it is certainly a concern. 5:23 left in fourth quarterCards pick up a HUGE chunk of yards on a deep ball where Ryan Spadola was interfered with. Forty-four yards, to be exact. Cards have it at the San Diego 22. 0 Comments   Share   Drew Butler gets a solid punt away and the Chargers will take over at their 17. 14:08 left in first quarterFirst play from scrimmage was a pass that Darren Fells could not hang onto. More importantly, the rush got to Palmer a little, as he got pushed to the ground. He got up, so that’s good. Second play was an 11-yard run around the left side by Ellington. Good hole, good read. 2:00 left in second quarterIt’s the David Johnson show in Glendale. The RB has been effective as a runner and a receiver. Cards have it first and 10 at the San Diego 30. Of concern is the amount of hits Stanton (and Palmer before him) has been taking. 10:32 left in first quarterCardinals give up a first down after Justin Bethel misses a tackle but then buckle down after that. An Alex Okafor pressure caused one incomplete pass, and though Tyrann Mathieu missed the QB on a blitz, the pressure led to a short pass that did not move the chains. By the way, the Cards had seven defensive backs in the game for that play. Golden returns the ensuing punt to the Arizona 20, so in terms of field position the Cardinals picked up a yard. Top Stories 2:27 left in second quarterCardinals moving down the field after Jaron Brown makes an outstanding catch on a deep ball in coverage. The ball never should have been thrown by Stanton — who was hit shortly after getting the pass away — but the receiver did a nice job bailing his QB out and making the play.Cards have it at the San Diego 39. 3:15 left in first quarterDefense looks strong again, though a third-down pass that would have gone for a first down bounced right off Keenan Allen’s hands. J.J. Nelson returns the punt 14 yards, and the Cards take over at their own 40. Drew Stanton in the game at QB, by the way. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 12:41 left in fourth quarterMarion Grice is also in the game, by the way. Cards take a shot deep and it looked like Jaxon Shipley was interfered with, but instead no call there and a hold on Cameron Bradfield pushed Arizona back. Sims gets the ball to Grice on a screen that looked a little unconventional.Oh, and Bruce Arians seems to be rather displeased with the officiating.last_img read more