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Notes from the Cardinals Game at New Orleans

EDGERRIN JAMES: After rushing for 84 yards in yesterday’s game, James has 1,052 yards on the season, becoming the first Cardinal running since Ottis Anderson (1983 and 1984) to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. James and Anderson are the only Cardinal players ever to have accomplished the feat.

James joins Ottis Anderson as the only Cardinal running backs to record multiple 1,000-yard seasons.

KURT WARNER: With his 18-yard touchdown strike to Larry Fitzgerald in the second quarter, Warner became the first Cardinals QB to throw for 20 TDs in a season since Neil Lomax in 1988. It marks the eighth time in team history a quarterback has thrown for 20+ TDs.

Warner’s 21 touchdown passes in 2007 mark his highest output since his MVP season of 2001 when he threw for 36 TDs.

For Warner, 2001 was also the last year that he threw for three touchdowns in back-to-back games, something he has done in the last two games this season. Yesterday also marked the sixth consecutive game that Warner has thrown for multiple touchdowns, something he has done only two other time in his career, with the two previous occasions coming in 1999 and 2001, his two MVP seasons.

Warner’s 106.7 QB rating in yesterday’s game give him 34 career games with a QB rating over 100.

TROY BIENEMANN: Caught his first career touchdown yesterday when he hauled in Warner’s one-yard pass for the game’s opening score. With the reception, Bienemann became the 14th player to score a touchdown this season. The 14 players are the most since 1997 when 15 players scored touchdowns during the season.

BEN PATRICK: Patrick caught the second touchdown reception of his career yesterday when he brought in Warner’s 3-yard pass in the third quarter. Patrick became the ninth Cardinal player with multiple TDs in 2007, the most since 1990 when nine players scored more than once.

LARRY FITZGERALD: Fitzgerald’s 18-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter gave him at least one TD reception in each of his last five games, the longest stretch of his career. Fitzgerald has had touchdown catches in three consecutive games on three separate occasions, each coming in 2005. Fitzgerald now has seven TD receptions in the last five games.

KARLOS DANSBY/GERALD HAYES: The linebacker duo both reached the 100-tackle mark in yesterday’s game at New Orleans with Hayes leading the team with 10 tackles and Dansby collecting eight. Dansby leads the team with 104 tackles while Hayes is second with 103. It is the second 100-tackle season for both players.

Hayes also collected a sack of Drew Brees yesterday giving him four sacks in the first 14 games of the season. Hayes entered 2007 with one career sack in his first four seasons.

STEVE BREASTON: With his 29 punt return yards yesterday, Breaston moved into seventh place on the Cardinals single-season punt return yards list. Breaston now has 391 punt return yards in 2007, the most for a returner since Kevin Williams recorded 462 yards in 2001.

Combine Breaston’s punt return yards with his 1,192 kickoff return yards and his 1,583 combined return yards put him on pace for 1,809 yards in 2007. That would be the third highest total in franchise history.

The Cardinals entered the red zone four times in yesterday’s game and came away on points on each trip, scoring three touchdowns and on field goal. Arizona’s red zone touchdown percentage is now at 71.8, second highest in the NFL behind yesterday’s opponent, the Saints, who score a TD 72.7 percent of the time. Overall, the Cardinals have scored 92.3 percent of the time the enter the red zone (36-39).

Offense Inside The 20 – NFL Rankings
Rank/Team Pos Pts TD TD% FG Score/ %

1. N.O. 44 250 32 72.7 8 40/90.9
2. Arizona 39 218 28 71.8 8 36/92.3
3. NE 65 363 45 69.2 16 61/93.8
4. Cleveland 47 240 28 59.6 15 43/91.5
5. San Diego 43 210 25 58.1 12 37/86.0

The Cardinals were two-of-two yesterday on fourth down conversions, making them eight-of-10 (80%) on the season, the best conversion rate in the NFL.

Fourth Down Efficiency Leaders
Rank/Team Att Conv. %

1. Arizona 10 8 80.0
2. NE 19 14 73.7
3. KC 15 11 73.3
4. Dallas 10 7 70.0
5. Houston 13 9 69.2

With Aaron Francisco starting at strong safety yesterday, the Cardinals have now had 34 different players start at least one game in 2007.

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