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Cardinals Post-Game Notes

·In yesterday’s 41-17 win over Buffalo, the Cardinals scored three touchdowns on their first three possessions for the first time since 9/10/06 vs. San Francisco, the season opener of that season and the first game ever played at University of Phoenix Stadium.

·Yesterday’s win over Buffalo represented the 24th consecutive sellout at University of Phoenix Stadium.

·The Cardinals are now alone in first place in the NFC West after San Francisco’s 30-21 loss vs. New England yesterday.

·The Cardinals 41-17 win over the Bills combined with the 31-10 victory over the Dolphins in week means the Cardinals have outscored their opponents in their two home games 72-27 in 2008, which comes out to 22.5-point margin of victory for the Cardinals. Dating back to the final game of last season, a 48-19 victory over the St. Louis Rams, the Cardinals have outscored their opponents 120-44 in the last three home games, a margin of victory of 25.3 points per game.

·Under head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the Cardinals now have an 8-2 record at University of Phoenix Stadium.

·The Cardinals have now won five consecutive home games dating back to 2007. They have won four in a row against teams from the AFC at home.

·The Cardinals piled up five sacks on the day, the most they have totaled in a single game since 10/22/06 @ Oakland when they also had five sacks. The Cardinals now have at least one sack in 28 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys are second with 22 consecutive games with a sack.

·One of the key factors in Buffalo’s 4-0 start was an NFL best 3rd down defense. In games 1-4, Bills opponents converted just 19.2% of their 3rd down chances (10/52). Yesterday, the Cardinals converted on 60% of their 3rd down chances (9/15) and were 6-for-6 in the first half, with all of the conversions by rookies or second-year players Early Doucet, Tim Hightower and Steve Breaston.

·In the Cardinals three wins this season they have a +9 turnover ratio, including +4 against the Bills. The Cardinals did not turn the ball over in their three wins this season and in the team’s two losses, they have nine turnovers and a -8 turnover ratio, with those turnovers turning into 37 points for their opponents.

·The Cardinals have scored 10 touchdowns in the last two games (five in each), the highest two-game total since 1998 when the team scored four TDs on 11/15 vs. Dallas and six TDs on 11/22 at Washington.

·The Cardinals did not allow a sack and did not commit a turnover in the game against the Bills, the first time they have done so this season. It is the first game this season without allowing a sack and the third game this season without a turnover.

·The Cardinals forced four turnovers in the game vs. Buffalo and converted them into a total of 17 points.

·Arizona held a 36:16 to 23:44 advantage in time of possession over the Bills. They had three touchdown drives of at least 12 plays (14,12,13) that each took at least six minutes off the clock (6:40, 6:18, 7:02).

·The Cardinals ran a total of 76 plays in the game (40 in the first half) while the Bills ran a total of 46 plays in the game.

·The Cardinals totaled 28 first downs compared to the Bills 13. The Cardinals piled up 19 first downs in the first half while the Bills totaled seven.

·The Cardinals scored touchdowns on all five possessions inside the redzone in yesterday’s game vs. Buffalo. On the season, the Cardinals have an NFL-high 26 possessions inside the redzone and have scored an NFL-high 124 points, 21 points more than the second place team (Denver-103). Their 16 touchdowns are four more than Denver’s second-place total of 12.

·Arizona had four penalties for just 20 yards in yesterday’s win vs. Buffalo. The 20 penalty yards are the lowest total for a game since 10/1/06 when they had four penalties for 19 yards against Atlanta.

·The Cardinals posted the NFL’s second-best red zone scoring percentage in the NFL in 2007 (94.0). The Cardinals had entered the Buffalo game with a significantly lower 71.4 scoring percentage in the red zone. Against Buffalo, the Cardinals had their best red zone performance of the season, going 5-for-5 on the day.

·The Cardinals had a total of nine different receivers catch a pass against the Bills, with eight of those receivers catching multiple passes. Five receivers had a least 20 yards receiving and three had at least 40.

·On his 6th reception of the day, Larry Fitzgerald reached 5,000 career receiving yards, tying Isaac Bruce as the seventh-fastest receiver in league history to reach the milestone, doing so in his 65th career game.

·Fitzgerald played his 12th career game without Anquan Boldin against the Bills and continued to put up big numbers in his absence. Fitzgerald recorded seven receptions for 52 yards and 2 TDs in the game vs. Buffalo.

·In the last nine games he has played in with Boldin out of the lineup (the other four were the first four games of his rookie season) Fitzgerald has been outstanding. He has hauled in 64 passes for 894 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 7.1 receptions and 99.3 yards per game in those nine games.

·Rookie RB Tim Hightower rushed for his fourth and fifth career touchdowns last week, giving him the most rushing TDs by a Cardinals rookie since Ronald Moore had nine in 1993. Hightower finished the day with seven rushed for 37 yards and two receptions for eight yards. Hightower’s 30 points are the tied for the second-highest total in the NFL among non-kickers and he is the leading scorer among all NFL rookies in 2008.

·Wide receiver Steve Breaston stepped up big in the absence of Anquan Boldin in yesterday’s win, grabbing seven receptions for 77 yards on the day. In the first 19 games of Breaston’s career heading into the Jets game, he had a total of 12 receptions for 164 yards. In the last two games, Breaston has piled up 16 receptions for 199 yards.

·Kurt Warner’s two TD passes against the Bills give him multiple TD passes in each of his last four games and in 12 of his last 13 games.

·DE Travis LaBoy had 2.0 sacks against the Bills, the second time this season he has collected 2.0 sacks in a game (9/7/08 @ SF). Coming into 2008, LaBoy had collected 2.0 sacks in a game twice in his first five seasons (54 games). He now has 4.0 sacks on the season, with his single-season high being 6.5, which he tallied in 2005.

·Of the seven rookies on the Cardinals active roster, six of them played and made contributions in yesterday’s win over Buffalo.

RB Tim Hightower-Rushed seven times and set season-highs with 37 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for eight yards.

WR Early Doucet-In the first action of his NFL career, caught six passes for 42 yards.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie-Started his second consecutive (and second career) game and had a tackle and a pass defensed.

LB Ali Highsmith-Had a standout game on special teams as he tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles, including a crowd-pleaser on Buffalo return man Leodis McKelvin.

DT Kenny Iwebema-Received playing time on the defensive line and was part of a Cardinals defense that applied constant pressure on Bills quarterbacks yesterday, adding his first career QB hit.

DT Calais Campbell-Recorded a tackle on defense and fair caught a Buffalo pooch kick in the second quarter.

·CB Eric Green had second interception of his career against Buffalo and his first since 12/4/05 @ San Francisco.

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