Arizona Cardinals' big play means big season? (BLOG)

Any chance that the Cards biggest play of the season might become a symbol for the season?   

Backed up inside their own 10 yard line at Jacksonville and facing 3rd and 10, the Cards converted their longest passing play since 1988. 

Put another way, maybe the 91-yard reception and run for a touchdown by Michael Floyd serves as a sign that the passing game has resolved its woes from earlier this season. If so, perhaps the three-game winning streak might continue behind the improved play of Carson Palmer. 

"We had some big chunk plays,'' said the Cardinals' quarterback. "I had a really nice time in the pocket. I had a clean pocket for the most part and was able to step into a lot of throws. Guys did a nice job of finding the voids in their zone and then when we were matched up against `cover one,' we made tight catches in tight spaces.''

Consider it fitting that Palmer became the Cards' first quarterback to throw for 400 yards since Kurt Warner in 2008 because he completed passes to nine different receivers, a la Warner. 

In addition, Palmer became the first Cardinal to throw for more than 400 yards in a victory since Boomer Esiason torched Washington for 522 yards in an overtime win circa 1996.

"We didn't go into the game thinking we were going to throw that much," Cards' coach Bruce Arians said on Monday. "It was one of those things. ... He had the hot hand.''

In the 27-14 win at Jacksonville, the 11-year NFL veteran completed 30 of 42 passes for 419 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions.

Palmer's 15 interceptions still rate as second-most in the NFL.  However, during the Cards' three-game winning streak, Palmer has posted six touchdown passes and two picks.

Arians' support has never wavered, despite plenty of struggles as Palmer navigated an early learning curve. 

"Just the way he grinds it out all during the week and really prepares as well as anybody I've ever had,'' Arians said about his starting QB. "The things that have been biting him have been just one or two poor decisions during the ball game, or getting hit as he's throwing. We were able to eliminate those.''

Straight ahead is what Arians admits will be an emotional game against Indianapolis considering Arians garnered NFL Coach of the Year honors as interim coach of the Colts while head coach Chuck Pagano battled leukemia.

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