"All or Nothing," the groundbreaking series which followed the Cardinals from the start of the 2015 season through the NFC Championship game, is currently streaming on Amazon. NFL Films was given unprecedented access into both the professional and personal lives of the team's players, coaches and executives, resulting in thousands of hours of footage and eight one-hour episodes.
NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD.
EPISODE FOUR: "THE WHEEL"
Episode Summary: The Cardinals are coming off the thrilling win in Seattle, and "The Wheel" begins as the players refocus for another nationally televised game against the Bengals. Quarterback Carson Palmer was drafted by Cincinnati and had an acrimonious departure, and he admits this meeting felt different than a normal game. After a slow start, Palmer plays well and helps the Cardinals to a last-second victory. The other contest highlighted in this episode was the lackluster win over the 49ers, after which cornerback Patrick Peterson makes the defense return to the facility the next morning – a normal day off – to fix some issues. Peterson had his first child, daughter Paityn, on Thanksgiving before the 49ers game, and the episode ends with him caring for her at home. It's a good reminder that, even when these players are in the middle of their season, they have off-the-field responsibilities like everybody else.
Most Riveting Scene: If there was any doubt about whether Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko simulated the snap count at the end of the Cardinals' 34-31 win, the microphone caught him red-handed. Cardinals guard Ted Larsen jumped first on the play, and that would have been an automatic 10-second runoff and overtime, but the officials correctly flagged Peko. The Cardinals moved up 15 yards and kicker Chandler Catanzaro made the much easier field goal attempt for the 34-31 win. Coach Bruce Arians told Larsen he would've been cut if the penalty was called on him.
Something We Learned: While midseason addition defensive tackle Red Bryant didn't have a huge role on the Cardinals in 2015, the behind-the-scenes machinations of getting him signed were fun to see. Bryant hurried into town on Thanksgiving from his location "in the middle of the woods," tried out and was immediately signed. He played three days later in San Francisco.
Stars of the Episode: Palmer took center stage early during the lead-up to the Bengals game, including a hilarious exchange with tight ends Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham about the best basketball players on the team. Peterson wrapped the episode up caring for his baby daughter, as viewers got an intimate look at his first days as a father.
Line of the Episode: "Here's the thing: I've got a jumper like nobody on this team. I don't miss," – Palmer, explaining his underrated hardwood prowess to Fells, a former college basketball player.
What was your favorite part of "The Wheel?" Leave your reaction in the comments below.
Behind the scene images as the Cardinals cheerleaders prepare for the season.