Cardinals look to recoup, stop the bleeding with bye coming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Just when it appeared the Arizona Cardinals were turning things around, their season has hit another speed bump.

The Cardinals (3-4-1) lost 30-20 to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, one week after missing a golden opportunity against Seattle and settling for a 6-6 tie when a short Chandler Catanzaro field goal attempt hit the upright in overtime.

“We’re getting hit in the mouth,” Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter said. “We have to stop the bleeding before it’s too late.”

They’ll have a bye next week to figure that out.

Sunday’s outing was a mistake-filled affair in which the Cardinals were penalized 10 times for 88 yards, allowed eight sacks, and had one situation when they wound up in a second-and-44 after quarterback Carson Palmer was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct for yelling at an official.

“We had way, way too many penalties and missed assignments,” said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. “The pass protection struggled. I’ll have to check the film for all of the holding penalties, but penalties were obviously a huge factor in this game.”

One plus for the Cardinals is division-leading Seattle lost at New Orleans.

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