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2010 Look Back – Cardinals Pull Out One-Point Win 24-23 to Move to 2-1

Today it’s week three of our 2010 look back, as the Cards pull out a one-point win over the Raiders 24-23 at home to get to 2-1.

Now that the 2010 Regular Season is about to close its third week, the Arizona Cardinals still have not played a good game.  Amazingly, however, the Cards find themselves tied for the division lead with Seattle at 2-1.  The San Francisco49ers, the clear cut “favorite” to have the division wrapped up by Thanksgiving are in last place, shackled with a devastating 0-3 record; even the Rams have a win, as St. Louis beat Washington this weekend.

Like the victory over St. Louis in Week 1, the win over Oakland yesterday wasn’t pretty and is nothing to celebrate.  In fact, the Cardinals did just about everything they could to throw this game to the Raiders.  Apparently, Oakland didn’t want it.

For the recap, I’m going to break down the team’s performance by units, starting with some notable performances (good and bad) by the offense.

OFFENSE:

As a unit, the offense saw some modest improvements in some areas this week.  Specifically, the Cards did a little better on third downs, converting 5/13 (38%), but the offense could only muster 227 total net yards (119 rushing, 108 passing) against the lowly Raiders.  In addition, Anderson was sacked twice for a total loss of 14 yards, the Cards’ offense turned the ball over once, and the Cardinals lost the time of possession battle (27:02) to the Raiders (32:58), meaning the Cards failed to control the game and were struggling to keep pace against a bottom of the league opponent.  In fact, the Cardinals offense only ran 7 plays for a measly 14 yards in the entire  fourth quarter.  Thanks to a fairly strong second half effort by the defense and the shaky foot of Sebastian Janikowski, the offense wriggled off the hook.

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