- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Rookie Patrick Peterson's 82-yard punt return for a touchdown made him the eighth player in Cardinals history with two punt returns for touchdowns in one season. Phil Sarboe (1935), Jerry Davis (1948), Charley Trippi (1948), Red Cochran (1949), Ollie Matson (1955), Bill Stacy (1959) and Vai Sikahema (1986) are the others. Only Matson and Sikahema have more than Peterson for their careers with the franchise. Each has three.
The Cardinals downed three punts inside the Baltimore 20-yard line.
The Cardinals scored 21 second-quarter points, nearly matching their second-quarter total for the season (23) before Sunday.
Arizona was competitive from the beginning, a big improvement over the team's previous performance on the road. The Cardinals, who trailed 28-0 in the first quarter of their game at Minnesota in Week 5, led this game 24-6 at halftime. They were obviously ready to play.
The Cardinals topped 100 yards rushing as a team for the second time this season (they had 99 in the opener against Carolina). Beanie Wells' ability to play through a knee injury was impressive.
Looking ahead: The Cardinals face the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 8.