When the Arizona Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday 21-17, there were a number of things that were accomplished. We know how John Skelton is 2-0 as a starter this year. We know the number he put up. We know that Larry Fitzgerald set a franchise record for TDs in a career.
But there were some other notable achievements. Read on...
With the win, Ken Whisenhunt moved into a tie for second place for most victories as a head coach for the team, including the playoffs. He now has won 39 games. With three more victories, he will tie Don Coryell for the most wins as a coach all-time.
The win was the first for the Cardinals in Philadelphia since 2001. It was also the first win on the East Coast since 2009 and the first road victory since the 2010 season opener.
Fitz, with his 146 receiving yards, is now only four yards shy of 9000 for his career. One would imagine that he will achieve that in San Francisco on Sunday. That would make him the third youngest player ever to reach 9000 receiving yards for a career behind Randy Moss and Jerry Rice. With his 70th career TD on Sunday, he became the third youngest in NFL history to reach that milestone, also behind Moss and Rice.
John Skelton's performance was noteworthy. He became the first Cardinals QB since Kurt Warner to throw for 300+ yards and three TDs.
The defense had some great things going on. The Cardinals defense forced the Eagles to season low totals in a game of first downs, third down efficiency, passing yards, total net offensive yards, total offensive plays, average yards per play, while forcing a season high eight punts. The Eagles had punted only 20 times during the first eight games of the season.
Michael Vick's passer rating of 32.5 was the second lowest in his career and the lowest since joining the Eagles.
These are all impressive notes. Hopefully it can continue in San Fran this week.