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Saturday, August 9, 2014
Observation Deck: Houston Texans

By Tania Ganguli

One drive was enough for Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. He'd already seen what he needed to see out of starting quarterback Carson Palmer, who orchestrated an easy touchdown drive against a Houston Texans defense that had trouble covering his weapons.

Even though the Texans' front was stout, breakdowns in coverage throughout the defense, including but not limited to the secondary, culminated in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald.

Drew Stanton replaced Palmer on the next drive and similarly tore up the Texans' defense. Cardinals quarterbacks threw 10 consecutive completions before their first incomplete pass.

Here are some other thoughts on the Texans' first preseason game of the season, a 32-0 loss in Glendale, Arizona: