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Palmer 5 for 5 in only series, Cardinals dominate Texans 32-0

  • Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) intercepts a pass between teammates Larry Foote (50), Tony Jefferson (22) and Matt Shaughnessy (91) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) intercepts a pass between teammates Larry Foote (50), Tony Jefferson (22) and Matt Shaughnessy (91) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) tries to avoid Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (34) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) tries to avoid Houston Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (34) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

Carson Palmer was 5 for 5 for 84 yards and a touchdown in his only series and the Arizona Cardinals spoiled Bill O'Brien's first game as Houston's coach with a 32-0 rout of the Texans on Saturday night.

Ryan Fitzpatrick had a rough debut as Houston's quarterback. Playing the entire first half, he completed 6 of 14 passes for 55 yards with two interceptions as the Cardinals took a 20-0 lead at the break.

Arizona rookie Logan Thomas played the entire second half, completing 11 of 12 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

The Texans were without wide receiver Andre Johnson, running back Arian Foster and cornerback Johnathan Joseph — all nursing minor injuries.

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