NFL: Interception costly in Cardinals’ 19-13 loss
Glendale, Ariz. • Carson Palmer says the offense needs to be the "backbone" of the Arizona Cardinals.
There wasn’t much evidence of that in their 19-13 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.
Because it was a preseason game, though, there wasn’t much talk of confidence evaporating.
"I have all the confidence in the world in our offense and our entire team," Palmer said. "It’s unfortunate. We wanted to play better. ... We’ll take the good and beached on the bad and we’ll move on and be ready to roll in two weeks."
Terrance Newman returned Palmer’s interception 54 yards in the first quarter for Cincinnati’s only touchdown.
"He pretty much threw it right to me," Newman said. "It wasn’t like I did anything, just an errant throw on his part."
Arizona coach Bruce Arians said it was a miscommunication between Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald blamed himself.
"I didn’t break across the corner’s face and I’ve got to do that," he said, adding that he can’t let the quarterback "hang out to dry."
But it will look like Palmer’s mistake.
"‘That’s what it is in the quarterback’s world," Arians said.
It was that kind of night for the Arizona offense against a Bengals’ defense that ranked second in the NFL last season.
"We had a number of things that were just off," Palmer said, "from overthrows to missed opportunities, some funky things that happened on a couple of routes and some drops."
Mike Nugent added field goals of 48 and 36 yards for Cincinnati (1-2).
Jay Feely, competing with rookie Chandler Catanzaro for the Cardinals’ kicking job, made a 24-yarder but missed from 48 yards. Catanzaro made a 23-yard attempt.
The Cardinals (1-2) got their lone touchdown on a 30-yard pass from backup Drew Stanton to rookie John Brown, who stretched out for a diving grab in the end zone with 1:29 left in the third quarter, tying it at 13-13.
Cincinnati backup Quinn Sharp kicked field goals of 34 and 51 yards after that for the deciding margin.
"We kind of gave it to a pretty good football team," Arians said, lamenting the missed opportunities, "and you just can’t do that, especially at home."