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Notes From Sunday’s Win Over Seattle

The Cardinals 26-20 win over Seattle gives the Cardinals a 7-3 record through their first 10 games. It is the team’s best record through the first 10 games of a season since starting 7-3 in 1977. The last time the Cardinals started the season 8-3 was 1976 when the team finished the season 10-4.

At 7-3, the Cardinals now have a four game lead over second place San Francisco (3-7) in the NFC West with six games to play. Arizona leads the Seahawks (2-8) and Rams (2-8) by five games each. The Cardinals have already swept the 49ers and play the Seahawks and Rams once more, both in Arizona.

The Cardinals can clinch the NFC West next week if three things happen: a win vs. NY Giants, a loss by the 49ers at Dallas and a loss or tie for the Seahawks vs. Washington. It would be the franchise’s first division title since winning the NFC East in 1975.

The win in Seattle on Sunday marks the first time since 1968 that the Cardinals have won all of their road games against division opponents in a single season. The Cardinals were members of the NFC Century division in 1968 and beat Cleveland, New Orleans and Pittsburgh all on the road.

Arizona now has five straight wins over NFC West teams dating back to last season. It is the longest winning streak against their division since 1975-76 when they won seven straight as members of the NFC East.

The win was the Cardinals’ first in Seattle since 2002, the Cardinals first season in the NFC West.

The Cardinals now have three road wins so far this season, the most for the team since winning four in 2001.

The Cardinals are now:
5-0 when allowing 20 points or less and 7-2 when scoring 20 or more
5-0 when leading after three quarters
5-0 when outrushing their opponent
3-0 in games decided by six points or less this season. Arizona was 4-4 last year.
6-0 this season when winning turnover battle. The Cardinals are plus-12 against NFC West teams and are 4-0 in those games.

With three interceptions last week against the Seahawks, the Cardinals now have seven interceptions in their last three games after collecting a total of three in the first seven games combined.

Arizona forced four turnovers overall last week in Seattle, giving them 22 total takeaways on the year, the most in the NFL this season. The Cardinals 12 fumble recoveries lead the NFL.

With a 15-11 record in his first 26 games as head coach of the Cardinals, Whisenhunt has the best record of any Cardinals head coach at this point in his tenure since Norm Barry had a record of 16-8-2 through 26 games in 1925-26.

With 395 yards passing in Seattle, Warner now has 47 career 300-yard games and 17 as a member of the Cardinals, the second-highest total in franchise history (Neil Lomax—19).

It was Warner’s fourth consecutive 300-yard game this season and he became the first QB in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Warner’s four-game streak ties for the third-longest streak in NFL history. He joins Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Dan Fouts as the only QBs with three separate streaks of four-plus games over 300 yards.

Warner now has 3,155 passing yards on the season and is on pace for 5,048 passing yards. If he continues on his current pace, Warner’s passing yards will represent the second-highest total in NFL history, trailing Dan Marino’s 1984 total of 5,084 yards. New Orleans QB Drew Brees has 3,251 passing yards in 2008 and is currently on pace to throw for 5,201 yards on the season.

Warner is now averaging 315.5 passing yards per game this season, second to only Drew Brees who is averaging 325.1 yards per game.

Warner’s 395 yards last week give him 27,163 passing yards in his 103 career NFL games, increasing his passing yards per game average to 263.7, the highest total in NFL history.

Warner’s three touchdown passes against the 49ers on Monday Night football give him at least one TD pass in each of his last 17 games. That is two games shy of tying Neil Lomax (19) for the longest TD streak in franchise history.

Warner’s 18-game TD streak is the longest current streak in the NFL.

Warner’s passer rating of 98.3 is the eighth time in 10 games this season he has had a rating of over 90.0 and the six consecutive game he has done it.

Warner enters this Sunday’s contest against the NY Giants 250 yards shy of 40,000 career passing yards in professional football (NFL—27,163; Arena—10,486; NFL Europe—2,101).

Warner has now connected on 270-of-381 passes (70.9) for 3,155 yards, 20 TDs, 7 INTs and a passer rating of 105.5 for the season. Below is a list of Warner’s NFL ranking in each category:

Boldin caught 13 passes for 186 yards in Seattle last week, his 24th career 100-yard receiving game, extending his franchise record.

The 186 yards represent the second-highest receiving total of his NFL career, second only to the 217 yards receiving he piled up in his first career NFL game on 9/7/03 at Detroit. The 13 receptions tie the second-highest total of his career, matching his total from 12/23/07 vs. Atlanta and trailing only the 14 receptions he hauled in at Baltimore on 9/23/07.

Boldin’s 186 receiving yards are a single-game NFL-high this season.

According to STATs.Inc, the 82 yards receiving for Boldin in the first quarter tie the second-highest total for the franchise since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. Only Ernie Jones (86, 10/11/92 vs. NYG) had more yards in the first quarter.

With 151 yards receiving at Seattle, Fitzgerald now has 18 career 100-yard games, tying Rob Moore (1995-2001) for the fourth-highest total in franchise history.

Boldin (13 for 186) and Fitzgerald (10 for 151) became the first teammates in franchise history to each reach 150+ yards receiving in the same game.

The duo became just the third set of receivers in NFL history to each have 10-or-more receptions and 150-or-more yards in the same game.

Sunday’s game in Seattle marked the seventh time (second time in 2008) that Boldin and Fitzgerald have both gone over 100 yards in the same game.

With their performances Sunday, Fitzgerald and Boldin are now ranked first and second in the NFC in receptions and first and fifth in receiving yards.

Rookie CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hauled in his first career interception last week in Seattle when he picked off a Matt Hasselbeck pass in the second quarter. Rodgers-Cromartie then sealed the Cardinals 26-20 victory when he stepped in front of Hasselbeck’s first down pass with under two minutes left in the game. He became the first Cardinals rookie since Aeneas Williams in 1991 (12/15 @ Denver) to have two interceptions in a game.

Rackers connected on all four of his field goal attempts in Seattle, converting from 38, 48, 54 and 26 yards. Rackers has now hit on 13 consecutive field goals, the longest streak since he connected on 31 straight in 2005. His 13 consecutive field goals represent the second longest streak in franchise history, trailing only his 2005 mark.

With 83 points on the season after scoring 14 in Seattle (4 FG, 2 PAT), Rackers is on pace for 132 points for the season, which would trail only the 140 points he collected in his Pro Bowl season of 2005.

A 100-point season in 2008 would give Rackers four consecutive seasons with at least 100 points, establishing a new franchise record. He is currently tied with Pat Harder (1947-49) with three consecutive 100-point seasons.

For Rackers, it was his first FG attempt of 50 yards in his last 12 games and the first FG made from 50+ yards since he made a 50-yarder on 10/14/07 vs. Carolina. The 54-yard FG against Seattle was the longest for Rackers since he made a 54-yarder in Seattle on 9/25/05.

Rackers is now 19-38 (50.0%) for his career from 50+ yards and it was the 16th FG of 50+ yards that Rackers has made as a member of the Cardinals. In his Pro Bowl season of 2005, Rackers connected on 6-of-7 (85.7%) of his field goal attempts of 50+ yards.

Arrington scored on a four-yard run and a six-yard reception in Seattle last week, giving him two TDs in a game for the first time in his career. Arrington’s 4-yard TD run was his first rushing TD since 11/20/05 at St. Louis.

Arrington became just the fourth NFL player this season to record a touchdown three separate ways. Arrington now has rushing TD, receiving TD and kickoff return for a TD.

Wilson collected a sack and a forced fumble Sunday in Seattle, giving him two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception in the last three weeks—all in victories over NFC West opponents.

With 10 points in the third quarter last week in Seattle, the Cardinals have now scored a league-high 106 points in the third, 33 points more than the second-place New Orleans Saints (73).

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