Week 11 Pregame – Cardinals (4-5) at Bengals (3-6)

It has been a disappointing season for both teams; moreso for Arizona as they are the Super Bowl hosts this season and would have loved nothing more than to represent the NFC at home early next year.  Injuries have plagued both teams, not to mention the entire league this season, resulting in subpar records.

The last time Kurt Warner started against Cincinnati, he posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3; but that was in 1999 when he was still a “relatively young “QB.

The Bengals currently hold the series record, 5-3, as well as winning the last 3 consecutive matchups.

Cincinnati’s offense is often compared to Detroit’s, utilizing their passing game moreso than the run; however, Detroit was held in check on both sides of the ball; with the Cards’ DST holding the Lions to an impressive -18 yards rushing.  Bengals’ RB Rudi Johnson has been inconsistent this season, due in part to injuries, only ranking 42nd in the league in yardage and only one TD thus far.

Carson Palmer is currently 4th in passing yards and 9th in passer rating with 16 TDs and 10 INTs this season; however, during last week’s rout of Baltimore, the Bengals offense did not score for the first time this year; it was K Shane Graham who accounted for all of Cinci’s 21 points.

Despite losing several veteran defensive starters, Arizona must stop the Bengal’s air game to have a shot at winning; particularly with the return of WR Chris Henry, giving Palmer 3 deep threats.

Warner’s presence in the pocket does lend an air of leadership to this team, and, despite his injury, he should be quite productive against a Bengals’ defense who tends to give up the long ball.  The Cards need to be patient and force Carson Palmer into a one-dimensional passing attack, and let the young stars from last week’s victory against Detroit do their thing!

Banged Up

In Sunday’s victory against the Lions, veteran Bertrand Berry suffered an injury, most likely a torn triceps muscle, which may end his season.  This is the 3rd straight year Berry has torn muscles; his triceps in 2006 and his pec in 2005.  Adrian Wilson, another defensive star left Sunday’s game early with heel/achilles/calf problems as well.  he Cards defensive is currently ranked 9th in the league, and they have had their share of injuries over the season, while overcoming what could have marked a potentially horrible year.  Calvin Pace stepped up after the injury to Chike Okeafor, and contributed greatly to the victory over Detroit.  In Berry’s hopefully-short absence, Joe Tafoya and Darryl Blackstock will be asked to step (up a la Pace) to keep Arizona close to Seattle in the division.

The offensive is sore too:  Kurt Warner’s hand injury and Anquan Boldin’s sore hip have limited them both in play.

Ken Whisenhunt is exploring the possibilities of snagging some free agents in the future.

(Source: azcardinals.com)

A New Addition to the Family

New Cardinals’ backup QB Tim Hasselbeck and his wife, Elizabeth (of ‘The View’) welcomed little Taylor Thomas Hasselbeck, born November 9, 2007 in Phoenix.  Everyone is doing fine, including Uncle Matt, QB of  the division-rival Seattle Seahawks, which currently has a one-game lead over the Cardinals and big sister Grace, 2.

Week 10 Postgame – Lions @ Cardinals

Lions 21, Cardinals 31

Wow, -18 net rushing yards for the entire game for Detroit (their lowest team rushing total since 1946.) Amazing for a Cardinals defense ranked 12th in the league, giving up an average of 100.3 yds/game, but not overly surprising since the Lions’ offense is 29th in the league in rushing yardage. The Cardinals stifling of Detroit’s rushing game turned the normally opportunistic Lions into a one-dimensional team.

Kurt Warner had a great day, going 26/36, 259 yds. and 3 TDs; Tim Rattay got in on the action with a TD pass as well. Veteran stud Larry Fitzgerald had 2 TDs as did Leonard Pope. The Edge managed a respectable 60 rushing yds.

It was, however, the DST’s day. Two 4th quarter turnovers, an INT by Karlos Dansby (his 2nd of the day, not to mention forcing a fumble too) and a momentum-stopping fumble forced by Calvin Pace sealed the victory for Arizona. Rookie phenom Steve Breaston had a nice 52-yd kickoff return and a 46-yd punt return, giving the Cards great field position.

Ken Whisenhunt remained true to his tag-team philosophy of quarterbacking, putting Rattay into play in the red zone since Warner is still nursing a hand injury and has difficulties handing off.

Detroit, very impressive thus far this season, remains firmly in 2nd place in the usually-tough NFC North, although was hoping to stay one game behind the division-leading Packers. Arizona, also, remains in 2nd place in their division; although a loss by Seattle on Monday night would tie them for the lead atop the NFC West.


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