GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A miscommunication between Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald left the ball right in Terence Newman’s hands.
And the Cincinnati cornerback made the most of it.
Newman returned the interception 54 yards for the early score and the Bengals went on to beat the Arizona Cardinals 19-13 on Sunday night.
“He pretty much threw it right to me,” Newman said. “It wasn’t like I did anything, just an errant throw on his part.’
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,” Arizona coach Bruce 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.”