Much improved!

Cardinals 31, Jaguars 17

What a fabulous showing by the Cardinals in Jacksonville!  Kurt Warner was almost perfect, throwing 24/26 for 243 yds and 2 TDs – setting an NFL completion percentage record of 92.3% (previously held by Vinny Testaverde in 1993)- before being replaced by Matt Leinart in the 4th quarter who didn’t get much of anything accomplished but, by then, Arizona had enough of a lead where it really didn’t matter.  I was a bit irked because I have Warner in one fantasy league but, as it turned out, didn’t need anymore points to win my matchup.

The Cards did turn it over 3 times on fumbles by Beanie Wells (2 of them) and Antrel Rolle, but Rolle did redeem himself by recovering a Jax fumble as well as blocking a FG and returning it for a score.  Neil Rackers missed a FG but nailed a 45-yarder.

The defense stepped it up and held a normally dangerous Maurice Jones-Drew to under 100 yards.  Of note:   Karlos Dansby (1 FF, 1 sack), Adrian Wilson (1/2 sack), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (1 INT, 1 FF), Darnell Dockett (1 FF), Bertrand Berry (1 sack), and Calais Campbell (1/2 sack).  Also notable was the reduction in penalties against Arizona; something that Ken Whisenhunt and Anquan Boldin were not happy about last week.

Next week Arizona host the Colts and if the defense keeps it up will likely pressure Peyton Manning enough to make him toss a pick or two (or three, or four…)