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Cardinals Defense Sets Modern NFL Record

Yesterday, the Cardinals limited Detroit to minus-18 rushing yards on eight attempts.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that minus-18 yard rushing total is the lowest in a game since the NFL adopted its modern statistical rules regarding rushing plays in 1947. Prior to 1947, what are now called sacks were included in rushing yardage totals.

Before yesterday, the modern mark for fewest rushing yards allowed in a game belonged to the Washington Redskins, who held Philadelphia to minus-12 rushing yards on 10/29/61.

·The Cardinals 15-play 90-yard drive in the second quarter was the team’s longest touchdown drive (in both plays and yardage) of the season.

·The eight rushing attempts by the Lions offense was tied for the lowest total by an opponent in team history, matching the eight that the Buffalo Bills attempted on 9/9/84 in St. Louis.

·The negative four rushing yards for Detroit running back Kevin Jones represent his lowest total in his NFL career. It marked only the second time in his career that he has been held to negative yards in a game, the other coming on 12/10/06 at Minnesota. Jones had rushed for 252 yards in his last three outings heading into yesterday’s game.

·Arizona’s 31-point effort yesterday was the team’s second highest of the season (34 at St. Louis). The Cardinals are 4-1 when they score over 20 and 2-0 when they score 30+ points.

·After collecting one turnover (INT at Washington 10/21) in the last three games combined, the Cardinals forced five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions) yesterday against Detroit. The five turnovers mark the highest total in a single game for the Cardinals since they forced five (three fumbles, two interceptions) at Oakland on 10/22/06.

·Including yesterday’s game at Detroit, the Cardinals have now held opposing quarterbacks under 300 yards passing in the last 13 contests.

·Yesterday’s victory upped Arizona’s 2007 record to 4-5, a half game behind Seattle in the NFC West (the Seahawks host San Francisco tonight).

·With the victory over the previously 6-2 Lions, the Cardinals now have a 3-1 home record and have defeated opponents (Seattle, Pittsburgh and Detroit) with a combined 17-9 record, with Seattle facing San Francisco tonight on Monday Night Football.

·The Cardinals have four of their last seven games at home against opponents (San Francisco, Cleveland, Atlanta and St. Louis) who have a combined record of 11-24.

·After scoring in all four possessions in the red zone yesterday vs. Detroit (three TD, FG), the Cardinals maintain their spot atop the NFL in redzone offense, scoring touchdowns 72.7 percent of the time they reach the opponents 20-yard line.

·KARLOS DANSBY: In his first game back after missing the last two games due to a knee injury, Dansby collected two interceptions, two passes defensed, four tackles and a forced fumble.

·Yesterday’s game marked the second multi-interception outing of Dansby’s career, the first coming in the season opener at New York, when he ran one of the two back for a touchdown against the Giants on 9/11/05.

·LEONARD POPE: The tight end had a big against Detroit yesterday, scoring a career-high two touchdowns, while also adding career highs for receptions (5) and receiving yards (52).

·With touchdown receptions of two and 16 yards, Pope became the first Cardinal tight end since Doug Marsh, who caught two touchdowns at Tampa Bay on 10/16/83, to have multiple touchdown receptions in a game.

·Pope’s four touchdowns so far in 2007 mark the most by a Cardinal tight end since Johnny McWilliams had four in 1998.

·LARRY FITZGERALD: With his eight catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns yesterday vs. Detroit, Fitzgerald collected his third career multi-touchdown game and first since 12/26/04 at Seattle.

·Fitzgerald’s 58 receptions put him on pace to match the franchise record 103 receptions he collected in his 2005 and his 811 receiving yards put him on pace to surpass the 1,409 yards receiving he collected that same year. He is on pace for 1,442 yards this season.

·Fitzgerald’s 58 receptions tops in the NFC and are good for fifth best in the NFL while his 811 receiving yards are good for second in the NFC (behind only Terrell Owens’ 855) and fifth in the NFL. Fitzgerald and Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne are the only two receivers in the top five in the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards (Wayne is fourth in the NFL with 59 receptions and second with 870 receiving yards).

·Fitzgerald now has 70+ yards receiving in each of the last eight games.

·CALVIN PACE: For the first time in his career, Pace had a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery on the same play. Pace has a sack, interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same season for the first time in his career.

·Pace also led the Cardinals in tackles with seven yesterday and now has 57 tackles, 3.5 sacks, an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery in 2007. With eight more tackles, Pace will more than double his previous career high for tackles in a season (he had 32 in his rookie year of 2003).

·KURT WARNER: Completed 26-of-36 passes for 259 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for a 108.4 passer rating yesterday. It marked the 31st career start in which Warner finished with a passer rating of 100.0+ and his teams are 28-3 in those games.

·After throwing for three touchdowns yesterday, Warner has now thrown for 3+ touchdowns 26 times in his career (including playoffs).

·NOTES FROM THE FIRST HALF VS. DETROIT

-The Cardinals held a 14-2 lead in first downs

-The Cardinals held a 21:17 to 8:43 advantage in time of possession, a difference of 12:34

-Detroit was 0-4 on 3rd down conversions

-The Cardinals held a 196 to 46 advantage in total yards

-After allowing a 25-yard touchdown drive on the Lions first possession (following a Kurt Warner interception), the Cardinals held the Detroit offense to 21 yards for the rest of the half

-The Cardinals defense held the Detroit offense to -4 yards rushing

-Seven receivers (Larry Fitzgerald, Bryant Johnson, Edgerrin James, J.J. Arrington, Leonard Pope, Terrelle Smith and Anquan Boldin) caught passes.

-The Cardinals defense forced the Detroit offense into six consecutive drives of three plays or less

·NEIL RACKERS: Rackers had two kickoffs go for touchbacks yesterday, bringing his total to an NFC best 13 for the season. Rackers is third in the NFL in touchbacks, trailing only Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski (18) and New England’s Stephen Gostkowski (14).

·With the Lions failed onside kick attempt in the fourth quarter yesterday, Cardinals opponents are 0-3 on onside kicks while Arizona is 2-2 on the year.

The Cardinals will travel to Cincinnati to take on the (3-6) Bengals. Kick-off is set for 11:00 a.m. (MST).


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