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Cardinals Offense Stopped Cold in 17-10 Loss in Tampa

Warner looks to throw

The Cardinals offense was no match today for a hard hitting Tampa Bay defense as the Bucs beat Arizona 17-10 at Raymond James Stadium.  The game was a physical, hard hitting affair that saw the Tampa defense harass the Cards most of the afternoon and hold the Cards rushing game to 23 yards on 12 carries. Edgerrin James rushed for just 15 yards on 9 carries and a score.

Tampa’s offense was paced by a decent day by quarterback Jeff Garcia who went 18-for-28 for 196 yards and a score.  Unlike last week in a loss to the Jags, Garcia was mistake free for afternoon, as he didn’t throw any interceptions.  The running game also did it’s job, as Earnest Graham torched the Cards defense for 124 yards on 34 carries and a score.  The Bucs ended the day with 18 first downs and the Cards had just 9.

The Cards struck first for a Neil Rackers field goal to go up 3-0 in the first quarter, but then Tampa struck as Garcia hit his favorite target, Joey Galloway, for a 37-yard score that ended a 10 play, 77-yard drive that made it 7-3.  Tampa added a Matt Bryant 32-yard field goal to make it 10-3 in the second quarter.  They struck again as Graham went over from two yards to make it 17-3 in the third quarter.  James’ 3-yard run cut it to 17-10 with 4:17 to go, but the Cardinals final drive ended with Kurt Warner getting picked at the Cardinals 46-yard line.

The Cards will look to get back on the winning side on Sunday as they host the suddenly red-hot Detroit Lions at home.

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