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Arizona Cardinals Beat the Seahawks 26-20: Same Old Guys Stand Out

The Arizona Cardinals went into a place where they rarely win, against an opponent that they rarely beat and even though the game end up being closer than it should have been, they got a win. Qwest Field hasn't been kind to the Arizona Cardinals over the years but they quieted the crowd and sent a resounding message to the reigning champs of the NFC West. The Cardinals moved to 7-3 behind another big game by most of the same usual suspects.

Kurt Warner: What can you say about a fourth consecutive game of at least 300 yards passing? KW had another really good game completing over 72% of his passes on route to 395 yards and a touchdown. The only downer on his game were two turnovers, one pick and one fumble (both of which led to SEA TDs), but I'd bet he's still a weekly candidate for the Fed Ex Air player of the week. It seems like he's a name that you can just pencil in every week.

Fitz and Q: If there is a better receiving duo in the NFL then I've yet to see that teamDrc10_medium play. Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin combined for a gargantuan 23 receptions and 337 yards. They both made a couple of great plays and were simply too much the Seattle secondary to contain. It was the first time in Cardinals' team history that two receivers each had over 150 yards and the first time in the NFL since 2004.

J.J. Arrington: I don't what's changed with this kid but he's not the same guy that we've seen for the past three seasons. Maybe the light finally came on or maybe he's just turning it on for a contract, but whatever the case he's playing some good football right now. His overall numbers weren't gaudy (61 total yards) but he did register the first multi-touchdown game of his career.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Welcome to the NFL, rookie. DRC got the first two interceptions of his career in his second start and for much of the day, he was playing as the Cardinals' #1 corner. With Eric Green already gimping and Roderick Hood nursing sore ribs for much of the game, DRC stepped up and blanketed the best receivers that Seattle had to offer. Both of his picks were the result of very good plays on his part and his second was the nail in the coffin for the Hawks. He won't be leaving the starting lineup anytime soon.

Adrian Wilson: Pro Bowl players have games like A-dub had today. He ended with the team lead in tackles (6), a sack and forced fumble. His forced fumble would  come on the Seahawks first drive after halftime and would lead to three points. Wilson is looking much more like the guy who went to the Pro Bowl in 2006 as he's becoming a force around the line of scrimmage again.

Neil Rackers: Some of us were ready to boot Rackers to the curb during camp or even earlier this season but he's been excellent of late. He hasn't missed a field goal in six weeks and his four field goals, including a 54 yarder (his longest since 2005), was the difference on Sunday.


The Cardinals finished off a great three week stretch against NFC West opponents and they've now swept all their division road games. The big test will come this Sunday but for now, this win tastes awful good. Who else stood up and had a great game?