Palmer comes through in return

• ARIZONA 31, NEW ORLEANS 19: Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes in his first game back from a torn knee ligament and the host Cardinals opened their season with a victory over the Saints on Sunday.

"I thought he played outstanding," Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. "He came out on fire."

New Orleans' Drew Brees threw for 355 yards but just only touchdown. The Saints had to settle for Zach Hocker field goals after four drives.

"We had some opportunities a few times," Brees said, "and we go down the field and kick field goals, not touchdowns."

Two of Palmer's TD passes came in the fourth quarter. Darren Fells made a 17-yard fingertip catch for one score and Arizona clinched it with Palmer's 55-yard pass to rookie David Johnson with 1:33 to play.