TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Arians knows Darrelle Revis generally is regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL, but the Arizona coach gives the nod to his own Patrick Peterson.
"It's not even close in my opinion," the first-year Cardinals coach said Sunday after Peterson had two interceptions in the closing minutes of a 13-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — one setting up a touchdown and other eliminating any chance of Mike Glennon leading a late comeback in the rookie quarterback's NFL debut.
"As a captain and leader of the defense, I wanted to be the guy to make the play for this team — to go in, give the offense a chance to score and give us an opportunity to win. ... I had my eyes in the backfield for a little bit, so I had him," Peterson said of his first interception, which he returned 11 yards to the Bucs 13. "I saw the quarterback looking my way. He's a young quarterback, so he's going to telegraph his throws."
Carson Palmer threw a TD pass on the ensuing play to Larry Fitzgerald, who used a triple-move on Revis to break free in the end zone to make it 10-10 with just more than 3 minutes to go.
The Cardinals forced a punt, then drove 29 yards with help from an unnecessary roughness penalty on safety Dashon Goldson to take the lead on Jay Feely's 27-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining.
Revis had a third-quarter interception and contributed to Palmer failing to even attempt to throw ball toward Fitzgerald in the first half. Arizona's seven-time Pro Bowl receiver finished with six catches for 68 yards, though.
"It was a battle back and forth. That's how it goes sometimes when players are out there," Revis said. "When you throw a punch, he throws a punch back. ... I tip my hat off to him. ... It was a triple-move route, a good route. You have to take punches that way, too."
Starting in place of the benched Josh Freeman, Glennon completed 24 of 43 passes for 193 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked twice and charged with a fourth-quarter fumble on a handoff to Doug Martin.
"Definitely a learning experience, but also a tough one to swallow," Glennon, a third-round draft pick out of North Carolina State, said.
Fives reasons the Cardinals (2-2) ended an extended road trip with a .500 record, and the Bucs (0-4) remained winless with their ninth loss in 10 games: