It wasn't the most impressive of wins, especially since it was against the Detroit Lions - yeah the same Lions that couldn't win a game last year and only have two wins this season. Regardless, the Cardinals did just enough to edge out their opponent, and eventually crown themselves NFC West Division champions for the second year in a row. During the game, several players stood out as key contributors, but none as much as the five below.
Beanie Wells: It's hard to argue that anybody had a better day then the rookie running back. Wells carried the rock only 17 times but was able to tack on 110 rushing yards - the first 100 yard game of his career - and added a 2nd half touchdown that helped the Cardinals get back into the game. The biggest contribution that Wells brought to the game was the big play. He had four runs over 10 yards, and has 25 total for the year. It doesn't look like it will be long before we see Wells as the Cardinals starting running back.
Anquan Boldin: It's still surprising just how much Boldin benefited from resting back in week 9 against the Bears. Since then, in six games he's caught 39 passes for 471 yards and 4 touchdowns. On Sunday he made several big catches, including the game-winning touchdown with less then two minutes to play. Anquan only needs 125 yards in the next two games to eclipse 1,000 yards for the 5th time in his 7 year career.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: We touched up on his performance earlier but we'll go over it again in case you missed it. DRC had interceptions against two different quarterbacks on the day, and also had 4 passes defensed. The biggest note on the game has to be his play on the Lions best player, Calvin Johnson. Johnson was held to just 3 catches for 35 yards, one of his worst performances of the season.
Adrian Wilson: His stats don't stand out, but it's hard to leave Adrian Wilson off the list when he became .5 a sack away from joining the 20/20 club. It's a prestigious club to be in, considering most safeties will never reach 20 of either category. Wilson doesn't have as many sacks as we'd expect, but It is obvious that teams game plan against Wilson when he's blitzing the quarterback. A Dub also added 5 more tackles to give him 70 on the year, which is the second most on the team.
Ben Graham: Graham gets nominated once again for another very impressive performance. The Aussie knocked 3 more punts inside the 20, putting his league-leading total at 37. Graham has been one of the most consistent players on special teams, and he hasn't had a touchback since week 5 against Houston(only has 3 on the year).
As always, if you feel anybody should be added to the list just drop a comment below. Who did you vote for and why?
Who is the Arizona Cardinal of the Week?
Beanie Wells (237 votes)
Anquan Boldin (33 votes)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (47 votes)
Adrian Wilson (9 votes)
Ben Graham (17 votes)
343 total votes