Yes, Andre Ellington has been surpassed by Chris Johnson as the Arizona Cardinals' starting running back but Ellington returned to his explosive ways on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Ellington touched the ball only three times but one of those times resulted in a 63-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals running game was once considered a liability but now the three-headed monster of Johnson, Elington and rookie David Johnson appears to be a dynamic group that has potential to be a formidable unit going forward.
The comments above were confirmed by an amazing 7.5 yards per carry averaged by Arizona's running game. Chris Johnson led the way with 103 yards on just 11 carries, including a long run of 40.
Meanwhile, David Johnson looks to have assumed the role of the team's goal-line back scoring on two short touchdown runs. It will be interesting to see how these three backs continue to work together but we're guessing there will be opportunities for all three to make an impact on a weekly basis.
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Arizona's secondary is now known for its ball-hawking abilities and those abilities were on full display in Detroit. The Cardinals intercepted four passes and forced six total turnovers on the afternoon.
S Rashad Johnson led the team with two picks while CB Patrick Peterson and DE Cory Redding eached chipped in with one a piece. Johnson also grabbed one of Arizona's two fumble recoveries with DE Josh Mauro snagging the other.
It wasn't the monster game that we've been expecting from wideout John Brown but his four catch 73-yard performance likely would have been much more had Arizona not blown the game open early on.
Brown has taken a backseat to WR Larry Fitzgerald thus far in 2015, but we think he'll breakout in a big way soon and rival Fitz for the team's No. 1 wideout this season.
QB Carson Palmer didn't have to do much on Sunday, but what he did do was nearly perfect. Palmer accumulated a QB rating of 154.2 while tossing three touchdowns and averaging 11.5 yards per pass attempt.
Sure, things won't be this easy for Palmer and company but he still remains on track for a career-best season and is clearly thriving in coach Bruce Arians' offensive scheme.