Arizona Cardinals Reiterate Alpha Dog Status In NFC West

Chris FarmerCorrespondent INovember 15, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 15:  Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates a touchdown with Adrian Wilson #24 in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 31-20.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Arizona took Seattle's best shot, bounced off the mat and reiterated their alpha dog status in the NFC West with a 31-20 pillar victory. With the win the Cardinals sit firmly entrenched as the team to beat in the division, now with a 6-3 record and a season sweep of the Seahawks.

Below are some of my postgame observations.

  • Two unheralded defenders having solid seasons are Clark Haggans and Bryan Robinson. B-Rob registered a sack and a pass deflection and Haggans delivered two sacks to become the team's leader with 4.5 on the season. I don't know if Arizona could have pulled off this win without them.
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had another fine game, breaking up three passes and darn near intercepting two.
  • Antrel Rolle is making less mistakes this year and more plays. He recorded another interception to bring his team-leading season total to four, and could have had another if it weren't for Deon Butler's poking one out of his arms in the end zone. Rolle led the team with nine tackles—all solo.
  • As great a game as Kurt Warner ended up having after a shaky start, as did Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston, and Tim Hightower, the game ball has to go to Beanie Wells. 
  • For a second game in a row he had at least 13 carries and 72 yards, and this time he added his second and third touchdowns of his young career. It was his intensity and determined running that gave the Cardinals a lift when they needed it most. As noted countless times before , if Wells and rushing attack continues to grow at this rate, you can expect Arizona to contend for the NFC crown once more.