- The Cardinals held on to win this game, 38-33. The final score did not reflect that at one point in the game, this was a blowout. Arizona was up 31-0 in the third quarter.
- The Cardinals built this lead by running the football. The Cardinals coaching staff were able to involve newly acquired RB Adrian Peterson in the gameplan in less than one week of practice. Peterson, who arrived via trade from the Saints on Tuesday, rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his Cardinals debut. The Cardinals struggled in previous games with running the football. Another reason for the success of the ground game, was that the left side of the offensive line–left tackle D.J. Humphries and left guard Alex Boone –returned from injuries and right guard Earl Watford took over for Evan Boehm. Running the ball against the Buccaneers was a sound strategy.
- Bruce Arians’ staff was committed to running the ball, as QB Carson Palmer only threw 22 times during the game, far less than he normally had been throwing in games earlier in the season. However, Arizona aided in Tampa Bay’s comeback by throwing the ball while up big in the third and fourth quarter. Arizona was using the play clock to snap the ball with little time left on the clock, however, incomplete passes stopped the clock at times. When up 31-6, Arizona took a shot deep down field and the pass was intercepted by Buccaneers CB Brent Grimes. This let Tampa Bay back into the game.
- Buccaneers starting QB Jameis Winston left the game early in the second quarter with an injury and did not return. Their offense stagnated during this time and they gave the Cardinals an opportunity to generate a big lead. Tampa Bay had a hard time getting the ball to playmakers. WR Mike Evans caught a pass for the first time during the game in the third quarter. He would only catch two other passes.
- On two occasions in the second half (With 8:27 in the 3rd and 13:32 in the 4th) after offensive touchdowns, Head Coach Dirk Koetter went for two after scoring touchdowns and each time came up short. Had Koetter just kicked the PAT and had those been successful, it would have been a three point game and the Buccaneers could have tied the game rather that needed a touchdown if the following had occurred.
- Tampa Bay attempted an onside kick with 2:02 left in the game and no timeouts left. Had the Buccaneers recovered, they would have been able to drive the ball down the field , but would need a touchdown to win. However, Arizona recovered. They were able to kneel and run out the clock as the Cardinals had no timeouts left.