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Week 9 Game Recap: Arizona Cardinals 34, St. Louis Rams 13

What you need to know

Arizona Cardinals

After a rather slow start, the Arizona Cardinals simply dominated this game scoring 24 second quarter points en route to their fifth victory of the year and their second road win. The Cardinals offense amassed 510 yards of total net offense and led in every phase of the game including scoring a defensive touchdown for their first score.

Once again QB Kurt Warner's was outstanding throwing for 23 of 34 for 352 yards and two touchdowns. Warner had 252 yards in the first half alone and is clicking on all cylinders in this offense. He competed passes to eight different receivers. His touchdown passes were to Anquan Boldin and Jerheme Urban.

The official RB Tim Hightower era for the Cardinals has begun as the rookie got his first NFL start and responded with a powerful game rushing for 109 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, (a 30 yard run up the middle to put the Cardinals up 17-7.) Hightower looked so impressive that All-pro RB Edgerrin James never saw the field.

WRs Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald had their normal solid games with Boldin catching his league leading eighth touchdown pass in the third quarter. Boldin finished the game with six catches for 85 yards. Fitzgerald caught six balls for 81 yards.

St. Louis Rams

After leading 7-0 early, St. Louis was outmanned in every phase of the game and had no answers for the Cardinals' offense. The team turned the ball over three times and had only 13 first downs. Their lone highlight was an 80 yard score from Bulger to little known receiver Derek Stanley, who made a sensational one handed grab for the touchdown. How bad was the offense? QB Marc Bulger was the team's leading rusher with 32 yards on three scrambles.

Although QB Marc Bulger connected on an 80 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, he finished the game 16 for 33 for 182 yards. He was hurried often and threw two picks one for a defensive touchdown. He looked out-of-sync the entire game.

RB Steven Jackson played sparingly and was still suffering the effects of his leg injury. He recorded only seven carries for 17 yards. RB Antonio Pittman was used more often and finished with 10 carries for 12 yards.

WRs Torry Holt (six catches, 58 yards and a touchdown) and Derek Stanley (one catch for 80 yards) had the only Rams scores.

What you ought to know

QB Kurt Warner, Pass: 23 - 34 - 342 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - -2 - 0

Once again, Warner played a steady game throwing for 342 yards on 23 for 34 attempts with two touchdown passes. It was Warner's second consecutive 300 yard game. He completed passes to eight different receivers, including touchdown tosses to WR Jerheme Urban (56 yards) and Anquan Boldin (seven yards.) Warner has now thrown for two or more touchdowns in seven of the Cardinals' first eight games.

RB Tim Hightower, Rush: 22 - 109 - 1, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (1 targets)

The official Tim Hightower era for the Cardinals has begun as the rookie got his first NFL start in place of Edgerrin James. Hightower looked impressive and ran hard recording his first 100 yard game, (109 yards on 22 attempts for one touchdown.) His touchdown run was up the middle for 30 yards.

RB J.J. Arrington, Rush: 6 - 62 - 0, Rec: 5 - 57 - 0 (6 targets)

Arrington had his best game of the year contributing 139 yards of total offense (62 yards rushing, 57 yards receiving and a 20 yard kick return.) Arrington was effective catching short passes from Warner and had a long run of 30 yards, and a long catch of 35, which was the last play of the first half.

RB Terrelle Smith, Rec: 1 - 18 - 0 (2 targets)

Smith caught one ball out of the backfield for 18 yards and a first down.

RB Edgerrin James

Although not on the injury report, James never saw the field with the Cardinals using the much quicker Hightower and J.J. Arrington in this game.

WR Anquan Boldin, Rush: 2 - 8 - 0, Rec: 6 - 85 - 1 (10 targets)

Boldin scored his league leading eighth touchdown (7 yards) early in the third quarter to give the Cardinals a 31-7 lead. He continues to show no ill-effects from the facial injury and simply caught everything that was thrown to close to him. He had two rushes for eight yards and each were direct snaps from the shotgun formation.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Rec: 6 - 81 - 0 (12 targets)

Like Boldin, Fitzgerald caught six balls for 81 yards and was open most of the game. Fitzgerald had a long catch of 33 yards and picked up most of his yards after the catch.

WR Steve Breaston, Rec: 2 - 39 - 0 (4 targets)

Breaston had his lowest output in some time catching only two balls for 39 yards.

WR Jerheme Urban, Rec: 1 - 56 - 1 (1 targets)

Urban had his longest touchdown catch of the year late in the second half when he caught a tipped ball deep down the right sideline for the score, which put the Cardinals up 24-7 late in the first half.

PK Neil Rackers 2 - 2 FG, 4 - 4 XP, 10 points

Rackers connected on two field goals on the day, a 36 and 30 yard effort. He was perfect on four of his extra point attempts.

ARI Rush Defense

The Cardinals rush defense did not give up a touchdown and held the Ram rushing attack to only 61 yards on 20 attempts. When you consider 32 of those yards went to Marc Bulger on scrambles, the Cardinal rush defense held the Rams running backs to 29 yards in 17 attempts.

ARI Pass Defense

The Cardinals pass defense gave up two touchdowns, an 80 yard effort in the first quarter and a meaningless three yard score to Torry Holt early in the fourth quarter. Take out the 80 yard score and they held the Rams to 106 yards over the course of the game. The had two sacks on the day, and scored when Antrel Rolle took an interception 40 yards for Arizona's first score.

QB Marc Bulger, Pass: 16 - 33 - 186 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 3 - 32 - 0

Bulger had a mediocre game throwing for two scores (80 yards and three yards) and finished the game 16 for 33 for 186 yards. Bulger, who was pressured often, completed passes to six different receivers, yet did throw two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. Bulger was the team's leading rusher with 32 yards all on scrambles out of the pocket. He fumbled once.

RB Antonio Pittman, Rush: 10 - 12 - 0, Rec: 4 - 15 - 0 (4 targets)

Pittman started the game but found the running tough against a stout Cardinal defensive front. He finished the game with only 12 yards on ten attempts. His longest run was nine yards. Pittman's four receptions were short passes out of the backfield and only totaled 15 yards. He had no room to run all day long.

RB Steven Jackson, Rush: 7 - 17 - 0 (2 targets)

Jackson was feeling the effects of his thigh injury and did not start this game. He only had seven rushes for 17 yards with a long run of ten yards. He caught one ball for zero yards, and had one drop.

WR Torry Holt, Rec: 6 - 58 - 1 (10 targets)

Holt had 58 yards on six catches with one touchdown, a short three yard effort. His stats were a result of an ineffective Ram's offense. His longest catch was only 15 yards.

WR Donnie Avery, Rec: 3 - 26 - 0 (9 targets)

Avery had only three receptions for 26 yards and no touchdowns. He was targeted nine times, many of them deep in the Cardinals' secondary.

WR Derek Stanley, Rec: 1 - 80 - 1 (2 targets)

Stanley recorded his first NFL catch and touchdown with a spectacular one-handed grab in the first quarter over Cardinals defender Adrian Wilson. Stanley caught the ball while being well covered and ran untouched down the sideline to give the Rams an early lead. It was his only catch on the day. He was targeted on the Rams' two point conversion attempt, though.

PK Josh Brown 0 - 0 FG, 1 - 1 XP, 1 points

Brown did not attempt a field goal and was a perfect one for one on his extra point attempts. On the Rams second touchdown, they elected to go for two instead of kicking the extra point.

STL Rush Defense

The defense was outmanned with the size of the Cardinals' offensive line as the rush defense gave up 179 yards including a 30 yard touchdown to rookie Tim Hightower. They allowed the Cardinals to average 5.4 yards per rushing attempt. They did, however, stop the Cardinals on a fourth and goal o the team's first possession in the first quarter.

STL Pass Defense

The pass defense gave up 352 yards and two touchdown passes including a 56 yard touchdown grab by Jerheme Urban late in the first half. The team failed to record an interception, but did record one sack.

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