What a difference a week makes.
With all the reasons in the world to lose a game against a 4-0 Buffalo Bills team, the Arizona Cardinals came out and put on an offensive show for 4 quarters and stepped it up on defense in the second half to pick apart the Buffalo defense and to come up with timely turnovers to cruise to a 41-17 victory on Sunday.
The Cardinals offense, led by a banged up Kurt Warner, put up 41 points, including the first two touchdown game of Tim Hightower’s career. Without the services of Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston and Early Doucet, making his pro debut, cam up big and provided a couple of strong targets for Warner.
On defense, the Cards knocked out Bills starting quarterback Trent Edwards on the third play of the game with a concussion. More importantly, it was Adrian Wilson’s driving (and legal) hit that caused it. Edwards never returned after being replaced by JP Losman. Losman did an admirable job of replacing the Bills starter, but in the second half, he was pressured hard and often. Linebacker Travis LaBoy had an outstanding game. He had two sacks. Also, welcome back Gabe Watson. The Cardinals Defensive tackle had a bone crushing sack. He also caused a fumble.
The Cardinals set a franchise record for points in consecutive games. After last weeks 35 points in the loss to the Jets, they score 41 today for a two week total of 76 points. Another great statistic was the 3rd down conversions. The Cardinals converted 10 third down conversions. Coming into the game, Buffalo’s defense led the league in 3rd down conversion percentage, allowing a conversion only 19% of the time. Nice to see the Cardinals erase last week and come back strong against a pretty good Buffalo team.
Your Cardinals are in first place at 3-2. Next week is the Dallas Cowboys, who just finished off the Cincinnati Bengals 31-22. I will have a lot to say leading up to another big game.
Tags: Adrian Wilson Anquan Boldin Arizona Cardinals Buffalo Bills Cincinnati Bengals Dallas Cowboys Early Doucet Gabe Watson JP Losman Kurt Warner Steve Breaston Tim Hightower Travis LaBoy Trent Edwards