Cards Business-like Pounding of Rams Produces Several Milestones
Admit it, Cardinals fan, that as the seconds ticked off at the end of the first quarter, you were a little anxious. This wasn’t what you expected—nor was it what I predicted. The Cardinals and the Rams were having an old fashioned defensive struggle. It was the ‘85 Bears versus the '00 Ravens—or not.
But just as you were wondering if this team is prepared for what promises to be a very difficult playoff run, Cards QB Kurt Warner reached down and pulled out that Hall of Fame form. Our fearless leader seemed to say to himself; “Ok, the heck with this! I want to rest time in the 2nd half.” (Note: Most NFL players wouldn’t actually say ‘heck’, but Kurt would) Warner then went about securing his 99th and 100th touchdown passes as a Cardinal, while throwing for an incredible 196 yards, in a sweet 2nd quarter fury. He joined Fran Tarkenton as the only 2 players to toss 100+ TD passes for two different teams.
Safety Adrian Wilson showed us why he was justifiably chosen as the NFC’s top safety—in votes cast by the fans. A-dub joined some very talented, and very select players in NFL history, by getting his 20th NFL sack—he now has 20.5 in his illustrious career—and intercepting 20+ passes. His 23rd career pick, and 5th this season, was the "nail in the coffin" in a 4th quarter that led to backup QB Matt Leinart’s grass-stained knee.
Those tid-bits being said, lets get to the Report Card.