Kurt Warner sets a single game completion percentage record as the ARIZONA Cardinals rebound with a strong 31-17 road win against the JACKSONVILLE Jaguars. Warner looked like his old self completing 24 or 26 passes for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns in less than 3 quarters helping Arizona even their record and picking up a road win early in the season.
Once again the ARIZONA defense looked strong. Causing 4 fumbles and an interception for 3 turnovers. Special teams was also sharp as Calais Campbell blocked a Josh Scobee field goal attempt. ANTREL ROLLE caught the block and ran 83 yards for the touchdown. It was Rolles only special teams stand out play as he looked bad on punt returning duties.
The Cards got on the board first with a 7 minute (6:53) opening drive as Tim Hightower scored on a 1 yard run. After trading 1st quarter field goals it was Roles block kick return that gave the Cards it's biggest lead of the young season. The Cards followed that with a touchdown pass to Jason Wright. Taking a commanding 24-3 lead into the locker room at half time.
WARNER and the Cards got right back to work as Warner found Larry Fitzgerald for a 22 yard scoring play and a 31-3 lead.
WARNER took a seat and Matt Leinart saw his 1st game action of the year to finish out the game. LEINART was 3-6 for 22 yards. He was aided by a few nice catches as most of his passes high and off the mark. ARIZONA seemed to have lost it's edge as the JAGUARS scored twice. DAVID GARRARD, who was running from the pressure most of the day, threw T.D. passes to Marcedes Lewis(25 yards) and Mike Sims-Walker(19 yards). The Cards were able to regroup and hold of the JAGS to win their 1st game of the 2009 season. It was a very good effort on both sides of the ball today. 9 CARDINALS caught a pass today. TIM HIGHTOWER was a force today, rushing for 72 yards and a score. BEANIE WELLS 44 yards, but saw limited time in the 2nd half as he fumbled twice. STEVE BREASTON came back strong after sitting out the 1st game with 83 yards. BOLDIN looked healthy adding 69 yards, and FITZ caught a T.D. pass.
On defense the CARDS were lead by Karlos Dansby who had 5 tackles a sack and a forced fumble. DOCKETT, HAGGANS, and DOMINIC RODGERS-CROMARTI. DRC also had a pick.
GAME PLAN: I think coach WHIS is happy with the way the game was played out. They ran the ball as much as they passed, won T.O.P. and cut their penalties in half from week 1. Outside of the 2 fumbles by WELLS(only 1 was a turn over) the team put in a very solid effort. The game being on the road made it even more impressive. This is the type of football that wins titles. If the CARDINALS can sustain this, they have a great chance of making another deep run in the post season.
I TOLD YOU SO: It was last September (15th) that i blogged about CALAIS CAMPBELL. I mentioned then how he caught me eye, even in a limited roll. Yea I guess I got lucky! But I did, and still do, love the way he plays. He was a force that the stats won't always show after the game.