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In a battle of the NFC champs….

…the Cardinals best the formerly-undefeated-but-now-who-have-lost-2-in-a-row Giants in the Meadowlands!

Cardinals 24, Giants 17

It appears that Arizona finally found their running game despite the fumble problems both Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells continue to have.  In fact, all 3 TDs tonight were by RBs (the third was a pass by Kurt Warner to Jason Wright.  Larry Fitzgerald uncharacteristically dropped a few passes including a nice toss by Antrel Rolle (yes, Antrel Rolle.)  Warner wasn’t his usual incomparable self (and lost me one of my fantasy games to boot); however, the Cardinals won and that’s really what matters, isn’t it?  (Well, unless money is involved.)

The defense manhandled the Giants offense with 3 INTS, 3 sacks, and a FF, including Rolle’s game-cinching INT during the Giants’ potential game-tying drive.  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who recorded a BEAUTIFUL INT in the end zone, injured his right ankle but x-rays were negative.  Hopefully he’ll be good to go soon.

Next week Arizona hosts the horrendous Carolina Panthers.

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…)

What Happened?

Arizona 16, San Francisco 20

OK, I know that Steve Breaston, Kurt Warner, and Anquan Boldin were not 100% but, come on, this was the 49ers.  Apparently, Mike Singletary was able to whip that team into shape in the offseason.  San Fran looked scary good (or did the Cardinals’ defense just not look up to snuff?!)  Also, I don’t think I’ve seen Larry Fitzgerald EVER drop a pass before although he did score the team’s only TD.  And Warner’s 2 INTs were uncharacteristic as well.  The offensive line didn’t give him much protection either as he was sacked 3 times.  For an old guy with a surgically-repaired hip, this can prove detrimental, as it did.

Penalties were the downfall of the Cards I believe.  And stupid ones too.  12 penalties for 82 yards which prompted Ken Whisenhunt to proclaim that those guilty of such offenses will not play.  Harsh? Yes.  Necessary?  Also yes.

Enough of the bad stuff…on to the good stuff – and there was a lot of that as well.  Tim Hightower only carried the ball 8 times for 15 yards but was a regular Darren Sproles with 12 receptions for 121 yards; leading all receivers on BOTH teams.  WTG Tim, glad I drafted you (although not nearly as glad as I am for drafting Drew Brees…holy cow!!  Sorry Tim!)  Jerheme Urban pulled in 5 catches for 74 yards and 1st-round pick Beanie Wells, in his debut, managed 7 carries for 29 yards. 

Defensively, Chike Okeafor, Darnell Dockett, and Bertrand Berry each recorded a sack; however, Shaun Hill, despite losing a fumble, did not throw any INTs.

Neil Rackers was perfect (I drafted him too!) with 3 FGs and an XP.

Interestingly, of the last 7 out of 8 matchups, the winning margin was 7 points or less.

Next week the Cards travel to Jacksonville to take on “pocket rocket” Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars, also coming off a close divisional loss (to the Colts.)