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Cardinals Notes on the Latest Loss in Carolina

The Cardinals have the NFL’s fifth rated offense and second rated passing offense this season. The Cardinals are averaging 369.3 yards-per-game and 287.7 yards-per-game through the air. Individually, the Cardinals have numerous players who rank among the best in the NFL in their respective positions.

After scoring 23 points yesterday vs. Carolina, the Cardinals now have 200 points on the season and are averaging 28.6 points per game, the best in the NFL. The Cardinals are one of four teams who have scored 200+ points on the season (San Diego—224, New Orleans—216 and New Orleans—202).

With six trips inside the red zone yesterday, the Cardinals now have an NFL-high 34 possessions inside the red zone on the season. Arizona leads in the NFL in red zone points (161) and touchdowns (21).

The two TD receptions from Kurt Warner to Anquan Boldin tied the number of passing TDs allowed by the Panthers in their previous six games combined.

Boldin’s seven TD receptions on the season lead all NFL receivers and he is tied for fourth in the NFL in scoring among non-kickers despite the fact that he missed two games with a head injury. Boldin’s single-season high for TD receptions is nine, which he established last season.

Boldin now has a TD reception in four consecutive games, the longest streak of his career.

For Boldin, it was his seventh career multi-TD game and the fifth since the beginning of 2007.

Boldin’s 63 yards receiving give him a total of 5,887 yards receiving for his career as he passed Bobby Joe Conrad (5,828) for the sixth-most receiving yards in franchise history.

Boldin’s 30-yard run yesterday on a reverse was the longest run of his career, topping the 23-yard run he had vs. St. Louis on 11/23/03. For his career, Boldin has now rushed 25 times for 160 yards.

The Cardinals had five receivers collect at least 40 yards receiving in the game in Carolina—Steve Breaston (9-91), Anquan Boldin (9-63), Larry Fitzgerald (7-115), Jerheme Urban (4-51) and Jerame Tuman (3-41).

With 115 yards receiving on the day, Larry Fitzgerald became the first receiver to reach 100 yards against Carolina this season and the first to reach 100 receiving yards against the Panthers since Reggie Wayne had 168 yards on 10/28/07 vs. Indianapolis, a span of 16 games. It was his 17th career 100-yard game, which ties Mel Gray (1971-82) for the fifth-highest total in franchise history.

It was Fitzgerald’s fourth 100-yard game in 2008. The most he has ever had in a season was seven in 2005.

Steve Breaston has 33 receptions for 392 yards (8.3 for 98 yards avg.) over the past four games including tying for the team lead with nine receptions for 91 yards against the Panthers.

Kurt Warner threw for 381 yards vs. Carolina, completing 35-of-49 passes (71.4%) with TDs, 1 INT and a QB rating of 99.1. It marked the 44th 300-yard game of Warner’s career. He now has 14 300-yard games as a member of the Cardinals, tying Jim Hart for second-most in franchise history.

Warner’s first quarter TD pass to Anquan Boldin gave him at least one TD pass in 15 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in franchise history. Warner’s 15-game TD streak is tied with San Diego’s Philip Rivers for the longest current streak in the NFL.

Consecutive Games with a TD Pass—Longest current streak
Games Player
15 Kurt Warner (AZ)
15 Philip Rivers (SD)
10 Sage Rosenfels (Hou)
8 Jay Cutler (Den)
6 Eli Manning (NYG)
6 Tony Romo (Dal)

Warner’s yardage total was 153 yards more than the Panthers allowed to any other QB in their first seven games (Drew Brees—228) and it was also the most in the NFL in week eight. He is the first QB to throw for 300+ yards against the Panthers this season and the first to throw for 300 yards against Carolina since 9/23/07 @ Atlanta, a span of 20 games.

Tim Hightower scored his sixth rushing touchdown in his seventh NFL game. Hightower is now three TDs shy of tying Ronald Moore’s franchise rookie record of nine, set in 1993

Tight end Jerame Tuman, appearing in only his second game with the Cardinals, caught four passes for a career-high 41 yards vs. Carolina. The three receptions were the most he has hauled in since he brought in a career-high four receptions on 10/17/04 at Dallas.

Karlos Dansby’s second quarter sack of Jake Delhomme extended the Cardinals consecutive games with a sack streak to 30, the longest current streak in the NFL. It was Dansby’s third sack of the season.

On the play, Dansby forced and recovered a fumble after stripping Delhomme of the ball. It was the Cardinals 14th forced fumble and ninth fumble recovery, both of which are NFL highs.

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